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Porcelain Tiles: A Guide to Selection and Installation

Porcelain Tiles: A Guide to Selection and Installation

Porcelain tiles offer durability and sophistication to any home remodeling project. In this guide, you'll find out how to choose the right porcelain tile for your space, as well as tips and tricks on proper installation and maintenance.

Understand the Porcelain Tile Grading System.

In order to choose the right porcelain tile for your project, understanding the grading system is key. Grades are based on the performance and strength characteristics of the tiles. Grade 1 tiles are premium, floor and wall-rated tiles that can withstand heavy foot traffic; Grade 2 tiles are for wall or light foot traffic, such as in bathrooms; Grade 3 tiles have significant defects and should be used only where cosmetic appearance is not critical. Knowing each grade's specifications will help you make an informed purchase decision. At Eco Ceramica we exclusively sell Grade 1 porcelain tiles.

Consider Different Finishes for a Unique Look.

Porcelain tiles have a wide variety of finishes to choose from, including polished, honed, natural, textured and glazed. Polished tiles are highly reflective and will make any room appear brighter and larger. Honed tiles offer a softer look with less reflection and some color variation due to the application of sealers or waxes. Natural or textured finishes provide an opaque feel, while glazed porcelain tiles are glossy and often brightly colored. As you select the finish that best suits your project, consider how it will contribute to the overall design aesthetic of the space.

Check for Slip Resistance Ratings.

Whenever selecting tiles for any room of the home, you must consider how much slip resistance is necessary. For high-traffic floor areas prone to spills, such as bathrooms and kitchens, check for a rating that denotes the amount of traction a tile provides when wet. These ratings are measured in a Rammseter Resistance (R-value, with R9 being the highest). Make sure you select porcelain tiles that meet your safety requirements and suit your design needs.

Prepare Your Floor and Wall Carefully Before Tiling.

Before tiling, prepare the surface of your floor or wall by wiping away dust and debris. If you're applying tiles on a concrete or wooden substrate, make sure it is dry and level. Also check for any protrusions or scratches in the surface that could disrupt even tile placement. To get an even finish, use a putty knife to fill any gaps between walls and floors with grout. Finally, lay adhesive tape on both sides of the room's joints to protect them from mortar spills and seal any leaks from plumbing lines.

Use Professional Installation Services to Get Results You’ll Love Long-Term.

Porcelain tiles are an ideal choice for anyone looking to add a sophisticated finishing touch to their living space. But it is important to be aware that professional installation is key when it comes to such projects. By enlisting professional help, you will be increasing the chances of achieving excellent results with your porcelain tile project. Furthermore, enlisting the services of an experienced and reliable installation team will ensure the longevity of your newly tiled surface and enable you to enjoy great results for years to come.

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