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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ceramic Tile vs. Porcelain Tile: Part 2

Non-porcelain tile is easier to work with

Non-porcelain tiles are made primarily of clay mixed with minerals and water. The material is then fired to solidify the tiles into a bisque form. This process creates tile that isn’t as hard as porcelain, so it can be worked more easily with basic snap cutters and nippers instead of a wet saw.  A sealer and a glaze are applied to the surface of nonporcelain tile to create color and texture before the tile receives a second firing.
Even though damage to nonporcelain tiles is more noticeable than with some porcelain tile, they can be purchased in grades that are perfectly suited for high-contact areas like kitchen counters and floors.
Non-porcelain tile’s main weakness is that it has a water-absorption rate of greater than 0.5%. As a result, the tile doesn’t perform nearly as well as unglazed porcelain tile in outdoor freeze/thaw environments.

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