Pros and cons of ceramic tiles
This type of flooring is well known to the Russian consumer since the time of the USSR, when tile or ceramic tiles were scarcity, but were popular because of their high performance and durability. The only drawback was fragility, causing damage in transport and stacking, and when struck by heavy objects. A glass jar that fell on the kitchen floor covered in ceramic tiles could have crashed itself and split the flooring.
Modern technologies used in the manufacture of ceramic tiles have significantly increased its strength, it has become less sensitive to mechanical damage, although in many ways it depends on the quality of the stacking. If the technology is strictly followed, the flooring is able to withstand a load of up to 30 thousand tons per square meter of floor. It doesn’t deform or rot.
Ceramic tiles can easily fit into any interior — manufacturers offer a wide variety of decor and color solutions. Excellent hygienic characteristics make the care and operation of such flooring easy and simple. It does not absorb liquids and oil, traces of the flomaster can be wiped off simply with a damp rag, and paint enamels and varnishes – a conventional solvent, there is no trace. The tile is odorless and does not release any harmful substances, even if heated.
It is not recommended to use ceramic tiles with glossy surface as flooring, it slips when wet and is more exposed to wear and tear.
If we speak of fire safety, the requirements of which for residential premises are quite high, ceramic tiles and here are advantageously different from many other types of coatings: parquet, cavrolin, linoleum, etc. It is absolutely non-flammable and has increased resistance to the action of high temperatures, because in the process of manufacture it is fired in special furnaces at high temperatures. High moisture resistant characteristics make tiles an ideal material used for finishing not only floors, but also walls in rooms with high humidity — bathrooms and showers, laundry rooms, bathrooms.
Cons include the fact that the pattern applied to its surface, over time, can be erased if the tiles are placed in a room with high walkability, or burn out under the influence of straight sunlight. The
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porcelain granite production uses the same components as for ceramic tiles: clay, feldspar, quartz sand and kaolin. But the technology of its manufacture is different — firing is done at significantly higher temperatures, and forming tiles under higher pressure. This allows for a homogeneous mass, the components of which, by melting, form a high-strength compound that lacks micropores. Their absence explains the insensitivity of porcelain granite flooring to temperature differences — water simply does not get inside this material and does not destroy it during hypothermia, unlike from ceramic tiles. Even after long operation, the porcelain coating retains its integrity, no chips and cracks are formed on its surface. Its hygienic properties are also high, and its care is most often limited to wet cleaning. Decorative solutions allow you to make up the most intricate floor panels and compositions, which are sometimes performed with no visible seams — the surface and edges of porcelain slabs are perfectly even.
The work of laying stoneware is complicated by the fact that it is more complex in processing and cutting.
Disadvantages, as well as ceramic tiles, can be attributed not very comfortable temperature of such floor – it is cold to the touch, but it is ideal option of coating for warm floors making this flaw immaterial. One more minus — the surface of the porcelain granite starts to slide when water gets on it, so it is not recommended to use it in bathrooms and shower rooms. Porcelain granite has a higher cost than tiles, but this is also offset by its high performance and durability.
What to choose
Judging from reviews published on forums on the Internet, the ideal solution will be to use both material. The stoneware can be laid where there is a danger of hypothermia, ruinous for tiles, i.e. on the street: on the open balcony or veranda, on the pergola floor, on the entrance porch. Good full-massive porcelain granite, although it does not have a lot of decoration options, will last in these conditions for a very long time, and its unglazed rough surface will not slip even when wet.
Porcelain granite inside the room will be appropriate on the floor in the entrance hall, where there is a possibility of mechanical abrasion from the sand and dirt entering the inside. In other rooms with special conditions: kitchen, bathroom and bathroom can be put beautiful, durable and non-slip ceramic tiles.