What is porcelain tile and where should I use it?

Porcelain tiles are made of finely refined clay particles under fire of very high heat in order to make them hard and rigid in nature. The material of this kind of tiles offers greater durability to the floors of the bathroom. The manufacturing process of porcelain tiles employs greater pressure and very high temperature to ensure superb density and compactness of the component materials.

The water resistant quality of this kind of material prevents the tiles from cracking and other damages. While purchasing the porcelain tiles it is important to check the gloss and smoothness of the color applied on the tiles. Tiles with evenly spread colors are ideal for longevity.

Place Ideal for Installation of Porcelain Tiles

The porcelain tiles are generally used in the bathroom to cover the flooring. The rate of moisture absorption is as low as .5 percent or extremely negligible. This makes these tiles suitable for installation in the shower area in the bathroom. The porcelain tiles have great endurance to changes in temperature and can withstand freezing and melting points. Therefore it is widely used in countries facing snowfall during the winters. If the tiles are meant for installation on the bathroom floor then the smoothness of the tiles can be an issue. In order to ensure optimum safety tiles with coefficient of friction of 10 is the perfect choice.

Cutting Porcelain Tiles

The tile cutting tool works well for the porcelain tiles. The cut edges of the tiles should be placed on the corner walls or near the ceiling. Special attention is required to ensure there are no cuts near the sink pipe or the drain. Use a marker or a pencil to draw the shape of the rough side of the tiles and follow the lines while cutting the tiles.

Installation Process of Porcelain Tiles

Once the cutting is completed the tiles are ready for fitting. While installing the tiles a caulking gap is required to be maintained between the tiles and the sink, drains tubs etc. Use tile mastic of latex as the adhesive to fix the tiles properly. Apply the adhesive to the area of the tile and place it a bit away from the desired area. The tiles should be smoothly rubbed against the surface of the installation area to get a firm pasting. While applying adhesive avoid applying it in a larger area at a time. This can dry out the mortar leading to wastage or unfit for pasting the tiles.

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