Some things automatically sound posh and bring to mind high class hotels or drawing rooms in manor homes. The words Italian porcelain floor tiles fall into this category along with grey polished porcelain tiles and decorative Italian porcelain tiles.
It is a myth that all porcelain tiles are “through” coloured products. Actually, only “unglazed” porcelain tiles are through-coloured, meaning that if the tile is chipped, the colour showing beneath the top layer will be the same throughout the thickness of the tile. Once a tile has been glazed, whether ceramic or porcelain, the body under the glaze will never be exactly the same colour or texture as the top layer. This is an important consideration when choosing the tile that is right for your space. When picking porcelain tile, it is best to choose one that has “through body colour.” Some tiles may have only a ceramic glaze fired over the body; if chipped, the white-, tan-, or red-clay base is exposed.
Porcelain tile is actually a form of ceramic tile, but made from much finer clay than ceramic, composing kaolinite minerals, quartz and feldspar, covered by spray and shaped by dry pressing the clay dust to form a ceramic material that is then fired at higher temperatures than ceramic. One of porcelain’s most important characteristics is its resistance to moisture. It is also resistant to wear, deep abrasion and frost, making large porcelain tiles a great product for use in harsh climates.
In general, porcelain tile is harder than ceramic and offers greater design flexibility. Although both are made from clay and other naturally occurring materials fired in a kiln, the clay used to make porcelain tile is more refined and purified. It’s fired at a higher temperature and greater pressure, resulting in an extremely dense and hard material.
Porcelain can also be rectified — cut to a precise size so all tiles are identical, allowing the tile contractor to set extremely tight grout joints. Certain factors make installing porcelain tile a more difficult do-it-yourself project. Its density and hardness require a wet saw with a porcelain diamond blade. For proper surface adhesion, you should use a latex modified thinset mortar.
For safety in wet areas or in flooring applications where accessibility is a concern, look for a tile — whether porcelain or ceramic — with a high coefficient of friction. This property is measured on a 1 to10 scale, with 10 being the most slip-resistant. This is even more important when you are considering flooring in areas such as the bathroom where small children or elderly people are likely to slip.
Black porcelain tiles are amongst the commonly used tiles which are to be found in both homes and commercial areas. They look good and are also easy to maintain and they do not need to be expensive in order to look attractive. Italian porcelain floor tiles may sound like a fancy term for something which is upper class and posh but in truth they are very affordable and quite commonplace these days.