Porcelain Tiles - Premier Tile and Stone


Porcelain tile is a higher quality type of ceramic tile, with a very low absorbency. They are usually made from kaolin clays, feldspar, silica and coloring oxides and are fired at about 2200 degrees Fahrenheit. Porcelain tiles are hardwearing and can be used on walls or floors. Porcelain tiles are more resistant to scratching and fire and chemical damage. They are easier to clean and maintain than other tiles due to their low absorbency. They just require regular mopping to keep up a good appearance. Porcelain tiles are incredibly versatile and can work in any home or business design. They come in many looks, these include:
  • Solid colors
  • Slate looks
  • Stone looks
  • Wood plank styles
  • Different sizes
  • 1”x1” mosaics
  • 32”x32” field tile
  • Plank sizes from 6”x24” to 9”x48”

Finding the Right Tile for You

Depending on your desired application for porcelain tiles, you will need a different grade of tile. For industrial and commercial uses, tile with a Group V rating on the PEI Wear Scale would be best because it is most resistant to wear. For your home, a tile from Group II or Group III would be best. Group III would be better for a kitchen floor, while tiles from Group II is better suited for walls. The PEI (or Porcelain Enamel Institute) Wear Scale tests a tile’s resistance to surface wear. A Group V rating is the most wear resistant, while a Group I rating is the softest.

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