Porcelain tile is a unique type of ceramic tile, fired at extreme temperatures, making them much stronger than ordinary ceramic tiles and even harder than granite.
Porcelain tile is made with special clays and minerals that are kiln-fired at temperatures that can exceed 2400 degrees Fahrenheit. As a result, porcelain is both harder and denser than other tile products. Additionally, porcelain is frost-proof as well as highly stain, scratch, and water resistant.
Porcelain tile offers other advantages, as well:
- Porcelain tile can be installed in heavy traffic areas, and some lines are slip-resistant and ADA approved.
- Satin-finish tile exhibits the realistic, authentic look of stone (but without the price of real stone). Through-body construction is superior to redbody because the color is consistent through the entire tile.
- From a decorating standpoint, porcelain is hot. Because of its higher performance and better aesthetics, people are requesting it by name.
- Porcelain contains less clay and more feldspar (a mineral) than regular ceramic tile. It’s also pressed at a higher pressure, making it 30% harder than granite.
- Porcelain tile has less water absorption. Therefore, less staining and easier to clean.
For more information on tile products or to browse photos, please visit some of our vendors' websites. Below is a list of some of our vendors that supply tile.