The Advantages of Porcelain Tile Flooring

Porcelain tile is among one of the most popular tiles used for bathroom and kitchen floors.  Its popularity is based on the durability, high quality, colors and designs that it offers homeowners looking to change the look of their rooms.  If you are thinking of using porcelain tile in your home there are some things that you should consider when looking at this type of tile.

Porcelain tile is rated on a scale by the hardness of the tile, the higher the number of the rating the stronger that the tile will be.  This is an important thing to consider when choosing a tile for a specific area.  If you are looking at tile for the kitchen floor, you may be wise to choose a porcelain tile with a higher number rating than a lower one.  This will help your tile last longer and stand up to the demands of a high traffic area.  If you are looking to replace tile in a low traffic area or room a lower rated tile may be suitable for that floor. 

Porcelain tile comes in a variety of finishes, ranging from high gloss to low luster.  Depending on the room and your personal taste this range of finishes may be slightly confusing.  When you are looking at the finishes of porcelain tile, it is important to keep in mind where you will be placing the tile.  Tiles with a high gloss tend to be more slippery than those with a low gloss.  If you are going to be placing the tile on your floor you may want to consider a porcelain tile that has a less glossy finish to avoid slips and falls when the tile becomes wet.

Since porcelain tile comes in a variety of sizes and shapes, it is much easier to use when you are considering placing a design in your floor or if you just want to have a different style or size than a typical floor.  Porcelain tiles allow you to think outside the box and create a design that is unique and represents your personality.  As with any tile purchase it is always important to purchase tile from the same lot to insure a uniform and continuous flow.  Different lots may have a slight difference that may pose a problem once it has been laid, if you purchase from the same batch or lot you are guaranteed that your tile will all have the same coloring throughout. 

With the versatility that porcelain tile has to offer, it is no wonder that it has become one of the most widely used tiles available for consumers today.

Shawn Hickman is the Online Marketing Manager for Sears Home Improvements. If you need more information on Porcelain Tile Flooring, visit the flooring section of our website.