Beyond mere toughness, porcelain owes its popularity to its numerous advantages as a tiling material, including:
- Strength and Density – Due to being kiln-fired at nearly 2,500 degrees ºF, porcelain is a tough and durable material. In fact, porcelain is 30% harder than granite, another material renowned for its hardness.
- Low Porosity – Porcelain has a very low degree of porosity, which is a measure of how a surface absorbs moisture. This low porosity rating helps porcelain tile resist spills and stains well, making it ideal for kitchen and bathroom applications.
- Rectifiable – The density and hardness of porcelain allow it to be easily rectifiable. Rectified tile is essentially a tile that is cut with attention to detail and precision. This consistency and uniformity allows for much less unsightly grout to be applied, which improves the beauty and look of the installation.
- Versatility – As a water, frost, and heat-resistant material, porcelain tile is as versatile as they come, and can be applied pretty much anywhere. Holds up well in both interior and exterior applications, and in high-traffic areas.
- Beauty – Porcelain tile of today can be fabricated in a wide variety of styles, textures, sizes, and shapes, allowing for many beautiful applications.
- Low Maintenance – Due to its hardness and porosity, porcelain tile is virtually spill and scratch resistant. And although it’s hardy enough to withstand mild detergents, cleanup is often as simple as wiping the surface with a wet rag.