The Pros and Cons of Porcelain Tile


If you have started to look at new flooring for your home, you’ve probably started to weigh down your choices of types of flooring. One type that you may be running into over and over again is called Porcelain Tile. This is a material that is a lot like ceramic tile, but really its such a stronger and more reliable material because although it’s made pretty much the same way as Ceramic, it’s fired at a much higher temperature which makes it better than Ceramic. If you want to know about the benefits of porcelain tiles, best places to use it, or the types, check out the content below for more information.

Super Durable And Resistant To Wear and Tear

Porcelain tile can be used virtually anywhere inside your home. You can also place this in heavy foot traffic areas because it’s resistant to stains, scratches and chipping unlike ceramic tile according to study and testing completed by TCNA.

Porcelain Tile Installation

Easy To Take Care Of

Another amazing benefit to porcelain tile is that it’s one of the lowest maintenance driven materials according to House Logic, and best of all since it is manufactured there are no polishing requirements for it and doesn’t have to be re-stained like wood, etc. It repels stains really well and if you clean them up quickly, you won’t have to deal with hard to clean spots in the future. Simply use some water and a little bit of dish washing detergent to sop up any spills and a soft rag if you need a little scrubbing action. Then clean with a warm cloth that has been dampened. Simply as that! Your flooring can look amazing, shiny and feel comfortable under your feet for years to come with little to no maintenance.

Variety Is The Spice Of Life

These tiles come in so many different theme, textures, patterns, and styles. You can also buy custom tiles too if you want a certain finish. You can get these tiles to look like pretty much any material; faux wood, faux granite, faux marble and more. They are incredibly versatile.

Easy To Install

Installation of these tiles is pretty easy according to REFIN Ceramiche. If you’ve done this type of work in the past you CAN install them on your own and they don’t weigh a lot so you don’t need any specialized equipment to lug them in like you would marble or granite slabs. As long as you install them properly this type of flooring should last the lifetime of the house.

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Porcelain Tile in Kitchen

Disadvantages Of Porcelain Tile

No flooring is 100% perfect. They all have disadvantages, including porcelain tiles.

– These are quite dense, which is like a double edged sword. On one hand its what makes them so durable and strong, on the other hand, they are really hard to cut and you will need a special saw in order to shape these correctly around cabinets or corners. You can rent one of these machines, though, at a cost.

– While these don’t weigh as much as granite or marble, they do still have some weight to them. Its important that before putting these down, especially an entire floor space like the kitchen, that you make sure that your subfloor is strong enough to handle all that weight. If not, you will need to place support beams under the sub-flooring to allow it to handle all that extra weight.

The PEI Ratings

Each Porcelain tile will have a PEI rating – Porcelain Enamel Institute Rating. This is a great rating system to help you figure out the best type of porcelain tile rating for the space you want to use it in. The scale is as follows:

For the Porcelain Enamel Institute Rating 0 – this is going to be in spaces with no foot traffic ie; wall tiles only

For the Porcelain Enamel Institute Rating 1 – This is going to be for very light traffic such as the bathroom

For the Porcelain Enamel Institute Rating 2 – This is going to be best suited for light traffic, rooms such as the bathroom and bedroom can use this rating

For the Porcelain Enamel Institute Rating 3 – This is going to be best for Light to moderate traffic, rooms such as domestic floors.

For the Porcelain Enamel Institute Rating 4 – This is going to be for spaces with Moderate to heavy traffic, in rooms such as the entrance, kitchen, a balcony, and in some cases, commercial usage.

Lastly, for Porcelain Enamel Institute Rating 5 – This is going to be for very heavy traffic, it can be used on any domestic residential spaces, as well as commercial use and is best suited for things like heavy abrasions or heavy footfalls.

Porcelain tile is very easy to install, easy to maintain, and beautiful type of tile to install in your home, you simply have to make sure that you are placing the right PEI rating in the right space.