Advantages and Disadvantages of Porcelain Floor Tiles
We've explored the porcelain tiles properties, qualities, how to install porcelain tiles, applications of porcelain floor tiles, how to clean porcelain tiles, and why you should choose Graystone porcelain floor tiles in our previous blogs. However, there are still many facets of porcelain tiles that have yet to be discussed or explained.
But, in this blog, we will not discuss or explain anything. Rather, we will review the porcelain tiles and examine the advantages and disadvantages of porcelain floor tiles. But, in order to ensure that our beloved readers or customers get only correct information, we will evaluate the product honestly and without prejudice or bias.
This review aims to provide you with a better understanding of porcelain tiles. So, without further ado, let's get to work.
Porcelain Floor Tiles Review: Advantages & Disadvantages
The benefits and disadvantages of porcelain tiles will be discussed in the first segment, and the cons will be discussed in the second segment. Some of the fundamental advantages of porcelain floor tiles that we have found are multiple design options, outstanding durability, water resistance, stain resistance, and low maintenance.
Let's review them one by one to better understand them.
Porcelain Tiles Advantages:
Multiple Design Options
The first significant advantage of porcelain tiles that we noticed is their extensive range of patterns and colors. Porcelain tile patterns and colors are so varied and discreet that they may be used to imitate almost any traditional or modern flooring material, including marble and wood. Moreover, the printing of these designs is so precise that it would be difficult to tell them apart from the real stuff.
This ultimately means that customers will be able to get their own design or emulate their favorite flooring materials such as wood and marble at a significantly lower cost.
Resistance to Wear & Tear
The second important benefit of porcelain floor tiles is their strong resistance to wear and tear. The credit for exceptional durability goes to the manufacturing process . Porcelain tiles are often made of clay (Kaolin Clay), sand, and feldspar. This mixture is then fired at a high temperature, which densifies the porcelain tiles, reduces porosity, and increases strength.
As a result, the ultimate manufacturing process of porcelain tiles makes them extremely durable and provides them with the strength to withstand heavy wear and tear.
Another major advantage of porcelain tiles that we observed while reviewing them is their strong water resistance. As we learned in the previous paragraph, the high-temperature production process makes the tiles denser. The dense surface ultimately makes it more resistant to liquid penetration. It makes the tiles almost immune to water penetration.
The excellent water resistance protects the tiles from degradation and damage, extending their lifespan. However, even though the porcelain floor tiles have a water-resistant surface, the grout lines between the tiles are still vulnerable and can be water infiltration points. As a result, we recommend that you completely seal the grout lines to prevent degradation or damage.
Another positive aspect of porcelain tiles is their low maintenance. As we all know,porcelain floor tiles are widely used in both commercial and residential applications. For this reason, it must be very low maintenance in order to keep maintenance costs as low as possible. Fortunately, because these tiles are robust, dense, and solid, they can withstand the most significant loads and can even be used in commercial settings.
Moreover, if any tiles are damaged or broken, they are easy to replace. In contrast to wooden flooring, you will not need to replace the entire piece. Instead, you will just be required to replace that specific tile. Additionally, the replacement process is quick and simple. Nevertheless, we recommend keeping 1-2 boxes extra of that Porcelain Floor Tiles design on hand, so you don't have to rush from store to store looking for the perfect match or replacement.
High Stain Resistance
The excellent stain resistance is the fifth key advantage that we noticed during our porcelain floor tile analysis. As we all know, porcelain tiles are widely used in kitchens as well as bedrooms and living rooms. However, since kitchen floors are more prone to spills and stains, stain-resistant tiles are essential
Porcelain floor tiles, fortunately, provide this quality. You won't have to worry about stains if you spill or drop something on the porcelain tile floor. Instead, all you have to do is clean them with a warm water sponge. The stains will be gone. If the stains are stubborn, you will need to add detergent or a cleaning solution. Otherwise, warm water and a regular detergent would do the job in most cases!
So, these are the five most significant benefits of porcelain floor tiles that we observed during our research.
Porcelain Tiles Disadvantages:
However, there are two disadvantages: a highly brittle surface and grout sealing. Let's learn them both.
The first key disadvantage of porcelain tiles identified by our review team during the evaluation process is their brittleness. The same heating process that makes porcelain floor tiles water-resistant or impervious to water also makes them slightly more brittle than standard tiles. So, if you put more pressure on it after a certain degree, it may break down into pieces.
Grout Requires Sealing
Another disadvantage we found when reviewing the porcelain tiles is that the grout must be adequately sealed to prevent water damage. Although the porcelain floor tiles' surface is very resistant to water, the edges can allow water to enter the body. As a result, you must thoroughly seal the grout lines to prevent water from entering.
So these are the two significant disadvantages of porcelain floor tiles that our inspection team identified. But none of them are seriously damaging. We can easily beat them. However, keep in mind that you will only get all of these benefits from porcelain tiles only if you buy them from a reputable porcelain tile manufacturer, such as Graystone ceramic.
Graystone Ceramic is a worldwide recognized, value-driven porcelain tile manufacturer based in India. For its innovations and quality, the company is well known not just in the Indian industry but also in the global market.