porcelain tile flooring bathroom VancouverYou probably already know that tile and stone flooring materials are a great choice for homes in the Vancouver area because they look great and they’re so low maintenance. And you may even be familiar with ceramic, which is easily one of the most popular types of tile for kitchens and bathrooms. But have you ever heard of porcelain tile?

Floor Coverings International Vancouver/Portland is here today to highlight one of our favorite flooring materials for Vancouver homes. Read on to learn more about porcelain, and find out if it’s right for you and your family.

What Is Porcelain Tile?

There’s quite a bit of misinformation floating around when it comes to ceramic and porcelain, so let’s set the record straight: porcelain is a type of non-vitreous ceramic, which means that it’s non-porous and much harder than other types of ceramic.

Porcelain gets its unique hardness and impermeability from the way it’s produced. Unlike most other ceramics, porcelain is heated to temperatures in excess of 2,200 degrees, causing the minerals to melt and cool into a stronger, transformed substance.

Why Should I Use Porcelain Tile?porcelain tile kitchen Vancouver

Porcelain is incredibly resistant to impacts, breaks, cracks, and other stresses caused by everyday use. If cared for properly, porcelain can last longer than almost any other flooring material. Here are some other reasons that Vancouver homeowners choose porcelain tile for their homes:

  • Completely impermeable – safe for kitchens and bathrooms
  • Glaze your tiles in a nearly limitless variety of colors and textures
  • Porcelain can be cut into a variety of shapes and sizes for easy customization
  • Resistant to stains – perfect for homes with pets and/or children
  • Very easy to clean and care for
  • Easy to swap or replace tiles if necessary

Ask the Experts

Of course, no flooring material is perfect. Some people report discomfort from standing on porcelain tiles for long periods of time, but you can easily make your porcelain floor more comfortable by using area rugs.

Finally, we recommend avoiding a DIY approach to porcelain tile installation since this material is heavy and requires special skills to install without causing damage.

If you’re intrigued by the remarkable durability and beauty of porcelain tile, but you still have some questions about how it would work in your home, get in touch with the pros at Floor Coverings International Vancouver/Portland. We love to talk shop, and our professional team of designers and installation experts will help you find a solution for any budget or design goal. We’re proud to serve Vancouver WA, Portland OR and surrounding areas, so contact us to schedule a free, in-home consultation!

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