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Tile shops often receive enquiries regarding porcelain tiles, ceramic tiles and the differences between the two. On this page, we’ve looked to address this subject to help you decide which is best for your home or commercial premises.
If you’re a homeowner or tradesman in the Broxbourne area looking to invest in quality bathroom tiles, give Cheshunt Tile Centre a call. There are few tile shops in the area offering ranges as expansive and competitively priced as our own!
The first thing you might notice is that ceramic and porcelain tiles look very similar. This is because they’re manufactured from the same material (natural clay), it’s merely the manufacturing process that’s different. By adding in finely ground sand and pressing the clay at a higher temperature and for a longer period of time, porcelain tiles are made to be denser and less porous than ceramic ones. Tile shops around Broxbourne, like our own in Cheshunt, will be quick to point out that this makes them more durable and long-lasting.
While this is true, don’t think that this makes them the “obvious choice” – ceramic tiles will do just fine for many of our Broxbourne customers. If the room you’re tiling is a high traffic area, like a family kitchen, hallway or restaurant bathroom, then porcelain is the logical option, being more scratch and chip resistant. But ceramic tiles are great for applications like bathroom walls and floors, they’re also generally cheaper.
When visiting tile shops near Broxbourne, be sure to ask about a tile’s Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI) rating. This can range from PEI 0 to PEI 5. At the bottom of the scale are tiles that deal with no foot traffic (wall tiles), very light traffic (bathroom), light traffic (bathroom/bedroom) and light to moderate traffic (general purpose domestic flooring).
Once you get up to PEI 4, you’re dealing with tiles suitable for moderate to heavy traffic, for example hallways, kitchens, balconies and certain commercial applications. PEI 5 tiles are extremely durable and the best choice if you’re tiling an area that will be subject to heavy abrasion and footfall.
Most ceramic tiles available at quality tile shops near Broxbourne, like Cheshunt Tile Centre, will have a rating of 3-4. Only porcelain tiles will get the coveted PEI 5 rating, however. Beyond ensuring that the tile will stand up to its intended usage, get creative!
Pick something you like the look of, after all – you’ll most likely be looking at your tiles day in and day out, and you want something that will prove aesthetically pleasing for many years to come.