Porcelain tiles are uncommon in kitchen remodeling services, even though they are harder, stronger, and even more water-resistant than ceramic tiles. Porcelain is a kind of ceramic tile that is made with clays and finer particles treated at higher temperatures. This gives porcelain tiles a more durable and less porous surface, which better suits applications like kitchen flooring.
Porcelain floor tiles are versatile and have great design flexibility too. However, they can be more brittle when compared to ceramic tiles. Porcelain tiles are heavy and feel colder and harder underfoot than other kitchen flooring options. If these aspects aren’t a problem for you, you can always expect remarkable performance from porcelain floor tiles.
Generally, porcelain tiles are more expensive than the usual ceramic tiles. However, modern technology has made its costs somewhat comparable to good-quality ceramic tiles. You can get porcelain floor tiles for around $5 to $25 per sq. ft. Installation costs may go up to around $10 to $25 per sq. ft. While the costs may seem a bit high to some, the longevity and durability offered by porcelain tiles are quite impressive. They are highly resistant to staining and water penetration, and will easily last for decades.
Modern porcelain tiles come in a wide array of design options. They can mimic the appearance of all kinds of popular flooring materials such as granite, marble, and wood. Porcelain tiles are even available in designs that make them look like nontraditional materials like bamboo, steel, or cork. They are visually so indistinguishable that you cannot tell the difference unless you check the floor tiles up close. They carry all the performance advantages of ceramic tile flooring for kitchens too, while giving you the option to choose a stylish look.
Porcelain floor tiles are one of the strongest flooring options available out there that you can choose for custom kitchen renovations. They are resistant to most of the heavy stresses that are experienced by kitchen flooring, even in commercial environments. However, as porcelain tiles are very hard and dense, it makes them slightly more brittle when compared to ceramic floor tiles. This means that they are more prone to cracking than standard ceramic kitchen flooring. Still, you can expect great durability and performance from porcelain tiles in high-traffic areas.
In case one of the porcelain floor tiles is damaged, you can easily remove it and replace the tile with a new one. Therefore, you should buy at least one extra box of tiles when you purchase porcelain floor tiles. This will ensure that you can fix the damaged tile with a new one to maintain the same design and style.
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