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How to Choose Porcelain Tiles
The process of choosing porcelain tiles in Perth is made a little easier by knowing they are all of high quality. The high temperatures used in the manufacturing of porcelain floor tiles make them incredibly dense and hard-wearing – more so than ceramic tiles.
Porcelain floor tiles have a Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI) rating of 5, which means they are ideal for high-foot-traffic areas, such as the living areas of a home, and they have a low absorption rate, which means they are ideal for high moisture areas, such as bathrooms.
With quality checked, choosing the right porcelain tiles comes down to their application, finish, and design.
Porcelain Tile Application
Due to the hard-wearing nature of porcelain tiles, there aren’t many places where they are unsuitable. However, the application may stipulate the best size tile. For instance, large porcelain floor tiles are ideal for large open areas, while smaller porcelain tiles are better suited to smaller bathrooms – this applies to any type of tile. The application will also play a role in the finish.
Porcelain Tile Finishes
Porcelain tiles are available in two finishes; glazed and unglazed. Glazed porcelain tiles undergo a second process, whereby a liquid glass layer is added to the tile’s surface after manufacturing. In addition to looks, the finish of porcelain tiles will also impact its application suitability. For example, glazed porcelain tiles are the more moisture-resistant of the two; however, unglazed porcelain tiles are denser.
Porcelain Tile Designs
The design possibilities of porcelain tiles are endless. They can resemble any given material or any design. You will have no trouble finding a tile to match your bathroom, kitchen or entire home’s design style.
In addition to the printed design of the tile, porcelain tiles offer two edging options: rectified and pressed edge. Rectified edges provide straight, precisely cut edges and are very much ‘on-trend’, while pressed edges are rounder and softer edges, less contemporary.
Regardless of the application, know you will find the perfect porcelain floor tile or wall tile for your home in Ross’s Discount Home Centre’s porcelain tile range. Shop online or come and see our range for yourself in our ever-changing Guildford showroom.