Characteristics of Ceramic and Porcelain Tile

February 6, 2018 - 10:33am

There are many things people are looking at when deciding if Ceramic and Porcelain Tile is the right choice for their homes.

Some things to consider when looking at these two types of tile are: dirt resistance, slip resistance, color permanence, stain resistance and cleaning durablility.

There are 2 types of tile Glazed and Unglazed tiles:

Glazed Tiles the color is fired on the top of the tile

Unglazed tiles the color is fired into the clay

Porcelain Tiles are fired at a higher rate and temperature than Ceramic tile, making them harder and less likely to stain.

Dirt Resistance - they don't hold residues as easily as other flooring does. They do not need polishing or buffing to maintain their finish.

Stain Resistance - this varies depending on its capacity to resist moisture. Glazed tiles as well as some unglazed tiles resist most types of stains and can be easily cleaned.

Slip Resistance - unglazed ceramic tiles have greater slip resistance than glazed tiles and are recommended for areas subjected to frequent water spills or heavy foot traffic.

Color Permanence - Because color is fired into a tile’s clay body (in the case of unglazed tiles) or onto a tile’s glazed surface (for glazed tiles), fading does not occur. The colors in ceramic tiles do not fade even if exposed to direct sunlight. They remain permanently color fast.

Cleaning - The surface of ceramic and porcelain tile does not easily retain allergens, nor do they absorb fumes, odors or smoke. This feature enables good hygiene and makes these tiles a suitable flooring material for any environment where hygiene is essential.

Join the Discussion

paNOW is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules: Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards. See full commenting rules.