Homeowners are now spoilt for choice when it comes to floor tiles. There are many options including ceramic, glass, marble, granite, and other natural stone tiles, however porcelain is both one of the oldest and remains one of the most popular options being a preferred material in both residential and commercial settings. They are used for hospital floors, building facades even outdoor gardens. But what makes porcelain tiles the ideal material for such projects?
Here are few reasons:
- Strength and Durability
Porcelain tiles are made from refined clay, minerals, and other raw materials that are pressed and fired at extremely high temperatures resulting in a non-porous, compact and highly durable tile, able to withstand high traffic and wear & tear.
- Design and Style Variety
The advancements in tile technology allow porcelain tiles to come in a massive variety of designs, sizes, colour, and styles. Porcelain tiles can even mimick natural materials like marble, metal, and wood. Porcelain tiles capture the patterns, details, and depth of colour of various materials in full high definition, providing design flexibility that will suit any environment.
- Application Versatility
With porcelain tile’s outstanding qualities of being water and acid resistant, this makes them an ideal solution for surface coverings where other materials are not suitable. Its impeccable hardness allows it to retain its appearance for a long time despite exposure to the sun, water, or high foot traffic. They are usually the preferred solution for external applications like ventilated facades, swimming pools, and patios as well as for commercial applications like shopping malls, hospitals, restaurants, and airports.
- Ease of Maintenance
Porcelain tiles are easy to clean and maintain, and do not require special maintenance, unlike other materials. As they are also stain, and scratch-resistant, external forces or agents that the tiles are exposed to usually do not penetrate the surface.
Opting for porcelain tiles rather than natural stones and marbles is a huge contribution in protecting our natural resources. Tiles come in nature-inspired designs, without cutting trees or quarrying mountains. Porcelain tiles are also produced with a low environmental impact as raw materials are naturally sourced and mostly recycled content.
Porcelain tiles are generally much more cost effective in comparison to natural products and with the variety of designs available in the market. You can get the look and feel of real stone or wood at a fraction of the cost. Furthermore cutting, installation and care are all much easier.
Lifestyle Ceramics offers a range of floor tiles including porcelain tiles from leading global suppliers including Versace and Roberto Cavalli. For further information and advice on what floor tiles would best suit your needs contact us here.