When you think of tile flooring, plain old ceramic is probably the first thing that jumps to mind. But while ceramic can be timeless and classic looking, it has a luxury contender whose popularity is on the rise. Porcelain tile flooring has seen an increase in demand recently, primarily due to its durability and versatility. One of the key things that sets modern porcelain apart from traditional tile is its ability to mimic the look of other flooring options. If you’ve never heard of tile that looks like hardwood, then read on!
Porcelain: The Material
Porcelain has been used as a flooring option for centuries. While it is often categorized as separate from ceramic tile, porcelain is actually just a type of ceramic which has been kiln fired at extremely hot temperatures. This style of firing creates porcelain, which is extremely hard and extremely resistant to moisture. Don’t think of fine china when you think of porcelain tile flooring. Fragile is the very last word you could use to describe porcelain floor tiles, which are recommended for use in commercial and industrial applications such as airports or malls. Porcelain is one of the most water resistant materials out there as well. In fact, in order for ceramic to be technically classed as porcelain it needs to have an astronomically low absorption rate of below0.5%. All of this helps to explain why porcelain is a popular flooring choice, but modern porcelain has some extra advantages.
Porcelain in Disguise
Porcelain is a material that is extremely conducive to shaping and molding, which means that it can convincingly mimic the look of other flooring materials. Modern digital printing means that you can get the look and fine graining of hardwood, with the durability and endurance of porcelain tile. Think about all the possibilities! You can have temperamental hardwoods in the bathroom or mudroom, or get the look of natural stone without the hassle of regular sealing. While the sound when walking on porcelain and the surface when touched by hand may not fool you, porcelain tile look a likes are still stellar and stunning floors.
If you think that porcelain tile flooring might be right for your next flooring project, give Floor Coverings International of Largo and Seminole, FL a call today!