14 Aug Carter GM
CARTER GM – 4550 Lougheed Highway Burnaby, British Columbia
Porcelain tile is a durable and beautiful product that enhances floors, countertops, and walls. Porcelain floor tile is beautiful, durable, and easy to take care of when properly installed. Porcelain tile floors add a touch of elegance to any home or commercial space they adorn.
Porcelain is made up of tiles that are made of fired clays and crushed stones. While this makes porcelain flooring similar in manufacture to ceramic floors, porcelain is often considered the more luxurious and valuable product. Porcelain tile is prized as a flooring material because of its hardness. This type of floor offers the customer:
- Lasting, hard tile floors
- Easy cleaning
- Low moisture absorption
- Colors variety
Porcelain is made similarly to other ceramics, although it is generally fired at higher temperatures. Porcelain tiles for the floor are made by combining natural products such as crushed China stone (a type of feldspar) and kaolinite with chemicals that give the porcelain strength. The “mud” is pressed, shaped, and glazed, then fired in a kiln at temperatures of 1200-1350 degrees Celsius (2192-2462 Fahrenheit). Before firing, some tiles may be given a coat of colored enamel to give the tiles a color or design. The resulting tiles are durable and slightly translucent.
Because of the high temperatures during firing, porcelain tiles have a very high hardness rating. The MOH (measure of hardness rating developed by the Porcelain Enamel Institute) of porcelain floor tiles varies with manufacturers, but tiles with a MOH rating of 6 or 7 are quite common. This very high hardness rating puts porcelain tile well above other flooring options when it comes to durability.