While we have several styles of traditional ceramic tile available, we highly recommend porcelain ceramic tiles for most applications because of its superior hardness and durability.
Advantages of Porcelain Tile
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Tile - Product Knowledge
Porcelain tile is made with special clays and minerals that are compressed and then kiln-fired at temperatures that can exceed 2400 degrees Fahrenheit. As a result, porcelain is both harder and denser than other tile products. Additionally, porcelain is frost-proof as well as highly stain-, scratch- and water-resistant.
Porcelain tile offers other advantages, as well:
Better performance. Mannington porcelain tile can be installed in heavy traffic areas (Class 4 and 5), and some lines are slip-resistant
and ADA approved.
More aesthetically pleasing. Our satin-finish tile exhibits the realistic, authentic look of stone (but without
the price of real stone). Through-body construction is superior to redbody because the color is consistent through the entire tile.
Higher breaking strength. Porcelain contains less clay and more feldspar (a mineral) than regular ceramic tile. Itís also pressed
at a higher pressure, making it 30% harder than granite.
Less water absorption. Porcelain tile typically absorbs less than 5% of its
weight in water. This results in less staining and easier clean-up. It also means that the tile will not crack from freezing and can
be used outdoors as well as indoors.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. What is the difference between Porcelain Tile and Ceramic Tile?
A. Porcelain tile is more scratch resistant than ceramic tile. Porcelain
is made from a finer, more dense clay, which is compressed before firing, resulting in a more dense, harder body. Also, porcelain
tile is fired at higher temperatures than ceramic, resulting in superior durability and stain resistance.
Q. How do I care for my Porcelain Tile floor?
A. Porcelain tile is stain-resistant requiring minimal maintenance. Simply wipe up spills
with a damp cloth or sponge. Regular cleaning with clear water or a mild detergent is recommended.
Q. What is Shade Variation?
A. Any variation in color or texture from tile to tile. Many tiles have a high shade variation, giving
it a more natural appearance. While no two tiles may match each other, the combination of many varying tiles creates a beautiful,
Q. What is a Moh?
A. A Moh is a scale of hardness developed by the German mineralogist Fredrich Mohs. The scale ranges from 1 (talc)
to 10 (diamond). When applied to porcelain tile, it denotes the tile's scratch resistance. Typical values for porcelain tiles
range between 5 and 8 Mohs.