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When you hear the word “porcelain”, you probably think about porcelain dinnerware and other delicate things. Surprisingly, porcelain flooring is actually an option, and a durable one at that. Porcelain floor tiles are incredibly strong and great for any application, including floors, walls, showers, and even outdoors. Technology is so advanced that it has allowed for different tile shapes, durability levels, styles, constructions, wear ratings, and many other important characteristics to be possible. Among the endless options, knowing what to buy can be a challenge, so let us help guide and teach you what your options are and what it all means.
Plank Porcelain planks are the perfect durable alternative to hardwood flooring. Made to replicate the look of natural hardwood floors, plank porcelain tiles have a length that is significantly longer than its width. Planks can give the illusion that a small room is larger, with its long, linear look. With plank installations, you also have less grout lines covering the floor, which can help it look less busy, in turn enlarging the feeling of the space. If you like the look of hardwood floors, why not choose a durable and long lasting porcelain plank?
- Low - A consistent look in color and texture across the entire floor surface. Any differences are minimal.
- Medium - Slight differences in color or texture may be noticeable.
- High - Large amounts of variation in shade or texture between multiple tiles. Tiles from multiple cartons should be blended together for the best appearance.
- Random - Tile texture and color is randomized compared to others in the batch. Blend tiles together from different cartons to ensure randomness.
Glazed Glazed porcelain tiles have a durable surface coating which has an image and also protects the porcelain clay body. The porcelain tile body underneath the surface can be many possible colors, typically brown, tan, beige, white, etc. A glazed tile is the most popular one, often a lower cost than other body types, and in abundance.
Body Match Also known as Color Body, Body Match tiles are designed so that the body of the actual tile is colored to match a color that is in the top surface glaze. This is particularly important when any damage occurs: the damage appears less noticeable since the color underneath somewhat blends in with the color of the surface.
Residential Residential floor tiles are rated for light to medium foot traffic only. Designed to withstand typical foot traffic in the home, they are perfectly suitable for use in living rooms, bedrooms, hallways, kitchens, etc. Remember, as with any flooring, it is important to use entrance mats at doorways from the outside to the inside to remove excess dirt and rocks from shoes to lessen the possibility of damage to the floor surface.
Glazed A glazed tile finish is the common surface for man made tiles. This durable surface coating protects the clay body of the tile and offers an attractive look. Think of a tile glaze like a coat of paint on your walls (except obviously very durable). Most of our porcelain tiles have a glazed finish.
Polished A polished tile finish is an attractive and modern look for any space. The polished look adds a nice sheen or reflection to the flooring surface that resembles that of glass.
Unglazed Offering a most natural look, there is no finishing on the tile, resulting in a tile that is the same color throughout. The tile is a natural clay color, and needs to be sealed often to offer stain resistance.
- Class 1 - No foot traffic: installation on walls only
- Class 2 - Light traffic: can be used on walls and residential bathroom floors
- Class 3 - Normal: for typical residential applications
- Class 4 - Heavy: all residential applications & medium commercial
- Class 5 - Extra Heavy: all residential applications & heavy commercial applications