Is it a good idea to use porcelain on floors and walls?
If we talk about porcelain, maybe its only uses that come to mind are pottery or the beautiful white and blue Chinese vases. But something that you may not know is that porcelain has an efficient and functional use as coverings on floors and walls.
A second thing you may think of is a doubt; Porcelain and ceramic are the same?
To answer that, they are not the same, but they are related since the way they are created and their materials are similar. Both are made with clay and baked at higher temperatures. Still, porcelain has a fined grated sand and is treated at a temperature that can sometimes exceed 1300 degrees centigrade; this makes it more resistant and durable, allowing it to be used in various applications.
Now that you know the differences between ceramic and porcelain, you have to know the types of porcelain used in floors and walls: Full body porcelain and glazed porcelain.
A simple way to understand the differences is by analyzing the colors. Full-body porcelain is colored by the mineral deposits in the natural clay used in making it or through the addition of other natural pigments to the clay.
Glazed tiles are subjected to a second process covered in a protective coating of liquid glass. This protective coating allows them to be printed with various designs and colors using inkjet technology.
Although the color is not the only thing that makes them different, each has distinct characteristics that can work for various applications with particular benefits and advantages.
Full-body porcelain benefits are:
The hardness of the material.
Because they are cooked at a very high temperature, they are not easy to break with the daily use, even if used in high traffic areas such as shopping malls or offices.
Low water absorption
They are more resistant to climate changes, such as frost, rain, or direct sunlight. In the same way, they are more resistant to scratches; therefore, it generates the hardness that we mentioned earlier.
Because the color is maintained throughout, the tiles created with this type of porcelain can be made with different finishes, which help prevent slipping.
Glazed porcelain benefits are:
Since the color is injected into the enamel, the options are limitless, allowing the creation of various shades and designing unique patterns. The majority of decorative tile displays and murals use glazed tiles because of their beauty and appeal.
The glossy surface created by the glazed enamel allows quick and easy cleaning. Just wipe the stain with a damp cloth, and it can be removed.
These tiles are lighter, and their creation process requires less investment, making them ideal for residential use. Due to this, they can be more commercialized and find a greater variety of alternatives.
Returning to the initial question, porcelain is ideal for making tiles. It has many benefits and can be an excellent option for your home or any commercial project, from indoor work to outdoor patios and more. Also, it comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns, perfect for just about any project you’ve got in mind.
So now that you know the many advantages of porcelain, don’t hesitate to let your creativity run wild to give your projects a unique touch.
But don’t worry if this information is a lot; at Galería Marble, we can help you make the decision that best suits your needs and make your design idea come true.