Porcelain is a common tiling choice for residential floors, especially in the bathroom. This comes as no surprise when you consider that porcelain's dense, stain- and water-resistant nature makes it perfectly matched for the needs of a bathroom surface. As an added bonus, porcelain is good at retaining heat for those cold morning or nighttime trips. More recent manufacturing techniques have further refined these properties and also added almost unparalleled design versatility, making porcelain one of the best options for your bathroom.
Choosing Your Porcelain Tile
There are two main types of porcelain tile, through-bodied and glazed. Through-bodied tiles are when the colour and texture run fully throughout the tile material. This disguises chips and scratches and the lack of any glaze means that it can be longer-lasting while also having more design restrictions. Glazed porcelain tiles are coated in a coloured finish. The use of a glaze finish lets the tile have a wider variety of colour and design choices. Which type you choose is ultimately up to personal taste, as both forms retain the same essential properties that make porcelain tile such a great bathroom choice.
Durability and Maintenance
Porcelain is fired to be a hard, dense material. It resists stains, bacteria, odours, and scratches. It's also quite fire-resistant, which makes porcelain a good tile choice for the kitchen as well as the bathroom.
Cleaning a porcelain tile is extremely easy. Wipe up spills when they happen, sweep or vacuum whenever you clean the rest of the house, and give it a go-over with a damp mop every week or two. The most important part is to avoid abrasives like scouring pads or steel wool, as these will scratch the tile and possible erode the glaze.
Style and Design
More so than its durability, porcelain is popular because of the sheer creativity it allows in designing surfaces. In addition to fanciful colours and patterns, porcelain is a skilled imitator; you can find tiles that evoke the look and texture of natural stone or high-quality marble or granite, for instance. Inlays can be used to add further design and patterns to frame and highlight your preferred elements, and more modern images even go one step further and customize porcelain tiles to look like leather, fine fabric, or animal pelts. You can further shape the appearance of your bathroom by how the tiles are cut. Diamonds, bricks, speckled squares, or waving strips are all possible ways to shape your individual tiles for a unique floor or wall pattern that is all your own.
Porcelain is best installed on a "subfloor", an underlying smooth, flat, and rigid surface. This can be anything from a concrete slab to underlay-grade plywood to even existing tile if you don't want (or can't) remove existing flooring. Other than this requirement, porcelain is installed in much the same way as any other form of tile.
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