The construction, or alteration, of your dream home/commercial building, is a big undertaking. It can be the culmination of years of hard work, turning it into a reality, making it an emotional decision as much as a practical necessity. When there is so much at stake, you would want the result to turn out perfect.
One area that needs special attention is the interiors of the house, particularly the flooring. Different options are available in the flooring material market, such as natural stone flooring, wood, concrete, and ceramic. Out of these, porcelain stone tile has gained popularity thanks to its many unique qualities, making it an ideal choice for your dream construction’s flooring.
Styling Up With Porcelain Stone Tiles
Porcelain is a type of ceramic material that carries some differences from regular ceramic. It is this factor that has led to its uptake as a sought after flooring and wall material. When used well, these unique characteristics will transform your house in unimaginable ways.
One of the most standout properties of porcelain is the ability to make it appear as some other material. Porcelain tiles are great at mimicking natural stone flooring material like marble, granite, limestone, etc. It can also be made to look like different types of wood.
This versatility is what makes it a go-to material for flooring in any part of the house. Porcelain stone, in particular, can work in the same places as stone flooring, such as bathrooms where wood wouldn’t do well. This leaves you with practically unlimited design choices for your interiors, where you can use a different type in each room, and they would all still blend in well.
Many Patterns, Textures, and Colours
Porcelain stone tiles come in several colours, patterns, and textures. The choice of colours is practically unlimited and can be based on the theme you want for overall construction or in a particular section. There are variations in the hue, shade, depth, effect, and other associated aspects.
Adding to that are the many imaginative patterns that can be embedded in them. These patterns can also be made to mimic the naturally occurring patterns in the stone materials themselves. They can be had in different shapes, with other decorative elements added to the mix when installing too if required.
Textures determine the feel of a material, and here too, the stone porcelain tile can be made to need. A rougher texture can be had for grip in bathrooms, while living room tiles can be glazed for that luxurious shine. The textures can be matched with the pattern and colours, depending on the design requirements.
The porcelain stone tile also imitates stone durability and hardness as a material and can last just as long. It is created from the same process and raw materials used to make sanitary ware, predominantly kaolin. Kaolin is also known as white china clay and is used to create bone china. The clays are mixed with valuable feldspars and fired up in kilns to very high temperatures.
This process gives the tiles their stone-like appearance while also endowing it with durability characteristics like chemical, frost, scratch, and impact resistance. Its hardness also comes with brittleness, but when installed well, it will not be an issue. It's thick enough to be waterproof and not let anything seep through.
Easy To Install and Maintain
Porcelain tiles are usually available in easy to handle sizes like 1 sq ft or 1.sq metre. These are laid out next to each other, depending on the pattern and texture required. A base is prepared, with concrete usually, and adhesive material is applied before setting the tiles.
Grout is applied in the tiny spaces between the tiles to seal, with waterproofing material mixed into it. Gently tapping each tile to set it evenly and letting it be for some time will secure it in place. A final polish will give it that required shine, especially in the case of glazed versions.
Its durability makes it easy to maintain. Spills can be rubbed away with a damp rug, and loose dirt vacuumed as it is not sticky. Its scratch-resistant properties allow heavy and sharp objects to be dropped over it without causing superficial damage or critical damage. Occasional polishing will keep it good.
These tiles are relatively cheap to buy and installed, or even get them installed. Due to their durability, their lifetime costs are very attractive. They look, feel, and perform like the high-end materials at a fraction of the cost, though they are slightly pricier than regular ceramic tiles.
Porcelain stone tiles can do the same job as that of natural stone flooring at a fraction of the cost but without compromising its other better properties.