If you are considering tiles made of porcelain for your home, here are a few of the advantages and disadvantages to be aware of before making your decision.
The Pros and Cons of Porcelain Tiling
Most homeowners will be familiar with the notion of using ceramic tiles in various areas of their home for floor and wall coverings. Porcelain is simply the more contemporary variety of ceramic tile, which has a much improved quality of finish and highly impressive strength and durability.
Porcelain tiling is now much more readily available and has become more popular in homes around the UK.
The pros of porcelain
- Durability: Porcelain is fired at higher temperatures than traditional ceramic tiles and uses a more refined clay mixture in the process. This means that the finish is even harder and the material is denser than other types of ceramics, giving a finish that can last a lifetime.
- Hygiene: The non-porous and easy clean surfaces of porcelain mean it is hygienic and suitable for bathrooms and kitchens alike.
- Moisture: The high density of porcelain means it is less likely to absorb moisture. They also do not crack due to the cold, and certain types even withstand freezing temperatures so can be used outdoors to create a seamless look between inside and outside.
- The colour and design run right through the whole tile so in the unlikely event of a tile chipping and damage is unnoticeable, unlike with ceramic tiles where the clay colour is revealed under the glaze.
The cons of porcelain tiling
- Density: The high density of porcelain is one of the reasons it is so well loved. However, this feature also means it is not as easy to cut as traditional ceramic tiles, making it less popular to the DIY’er looking to use home based tools to work with it.
- Weight: As well as the extra hard nature of porcelain, the density leads to a much greater weight too. This can lead to issues if the walls they are being installed on are not particularly strong, so check this out before deciding to use this porcelain on your walls. If necessary use a tile backer board that will support the weight of the tiles.