Porcelain is often considered a delicate material, suitable only for delicate crockery. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. Innovations in porcelain technology mean that it can now be produced in thick slabs, making it an attractive, simple to install, easy-care and tough flooring option for both indoor and outdoor use. While there are many reasons to choose porcelain tiles for your home or business, here are a few of the key benefits.
Unlike most other paving materials, porcelain has an extremely low level of porosity. This means that porcelain tiles are naturally resistant to staining. Any spillages just sit on the surface until mopped up. They also don’t need to be sealed, which means that there is no need to re-seal them to keep them looking good. All that is needed to care for porcelain is to sweep and mop it from time to time to keep it in top condition.
Porcelain is incredibly tough. It is ideal for outdoor use as once the tiles are made, the pigment is permanently locked in, meaning that it is UV resistant and does not fade due to weathering. It is also able to cope with sub-zero temperatures. A further benefit of porcelain is that it does not scratch easily and can cope with the rough and tumble of daily life.
Because porcelain is impervious to moisture, it is highly slip-resistant. Porcelain tiles are available in a variety of textures, and can be produced with varying levels of grip. For outdoor paving which will be used in wet conditions, choose a more textured tile, and if grip is a key concern, check the DIN 51130 slip resistance factor.
Porcelain has long been associated with beautiful and desirable objects, and its use as a floor tiling material is no exception. New production methods mean that it is now possible to choose tiles which are indistinguishable from traditional stone apart from the ease of upkeep. Alternatively, the smooth elegance of a plain textured tile, or the natural beauty of wood effect might appeal.
Suitable for indoor our outdoor use
A popular feature of contemporary design is the concept of blurring the boundaries between indoor and outdoor zones. This is where porcelain paving comes into its own. While porcelain is very popular in bathrooms and kitchens due to its water-resistant nature, this feature also makes it perfect for living or commercial interiors leading into outside spaces. With tiles of various thickness, it is possible to have a seamless transition from an indoor room to a balcony, patio or courtyard. Different textures of tile can also be used to create subtle changes of area.
When considering flooring and paving options, porcelain is the ideal solution for anyone seeking to combine practicality with style.