Tile & stone flooring is a timeless classic. It has always been trendy and just keeps getting better with the years. Modern stone floors typically come as ceramic and porcelain tile. In this post, we discuss a few reasons why porcelain tile is a great long-term investment for your home.
Stone tile is known for its durability, but porcelain takes it to a new level. Porcelain tiles are fired at much high temperatures during the manufacturing process. This makes porcelain 30% harder than traditional ceramic tiles.
Needless to say, porcelain tile is built to last. After the firing process, it is pressed at high pressures, allowing it to withstand dents, scratches, and scuffs.
While ceramic tile is common is kitchens and bathrooms, it does have a small absorption rate. Porcelain tile is designed to have much lower absorption. This makes it suitable not only for kitchens and bathrooms, but also below-grade rooms (such as basements). In fact, given its frost-resistance rating, porcelain tiles are even rated for outdoor use.
Porcelain has a surface that’s easy to clean with common stone floor cleaners. Its smooth, hard surface also creates a hostile environment for bacterial growth.
Leftovers are a natural product of the manufacturing process, whether it’s flooring or other types of products. These materials are often send to landfills. However, many tile flooring manufacturers use these leftovers as materials to build new flooring products. Porcelain also has low emissions, so it’s healthier for your home’s indoor air quality.
Love the Hardwood Look?
We often speak with homeowners looking for a way to achieve the hardwood look in areas where moisture is common. As we’ve seen, porcelain tile is perfect for these areas – and many porcelain floors are designed to mimic the aesthetics of hardwood floors. It’s also easier to maintain than hardwood flooring.
Still wondering if porcelain tile flooring is right for you? Make an informed choice for your home! Visit Lexington’s premier flooring experts at Lexington Paint & Flooring today!