Use porcelain tile to enhance nearly any room
Porcelain tile is an excellent choice for the interior of your home. Made from 50% feldspar and fired at a much higher temperature than ceramic tile, porcelain tile is harder and denser than ceramic tile.
Think of dinnerware—some plates are made of porcelain and are hold up over time without looking worn. Ceramic plates chip easily and show more wear and tear. Porcelain tile is scratch resistant and available in glazed and patterned options. It’s non-porous so it doesn’t need to be sealed.
When you choose porcelain tile, you’ll have a huge array of shapes and sizes to explore—everything from a small 1”x1” through body tile that’s heavily used in commercial spaces to 12” x 24” and larger, often used in kitchens and hallways.
Size of tile will affect how your space looks
To simplify the look of a space, use a large tile, at least 12” square. A smaller tile will have many grout lines which can look very busy. And remember, the more grout lines, the more places there are for dirt to collect, so the harder it is to clean! A larger tile with a smooth surface is easier to keep clean.
Porcelain tile is fine grained and smooth, and can have a matte, unglazed or high polish finish. The different finishes make it more versatile than ceramic, which is almost always finished with a durable glaze.
More durable than ceramic tile
Porcelain tile is denser and less porous than ceramic tile. That means it’s more durable and wear resistant and it’s also frost resistant. Use it outside when you need to withstand heavy foot traffic.
Glazed porcelain tile will have one color on the surface and may have another color through the body of the tile. “Through-body” porcelain tile will be the same color all the way through. A through-body tile won’t show scratches or chips as easily as a glazed tile. Look at the side of the tile sample to determine if the tile you’re considering is glazed or through-body.
Apavisa’s Hydraulic tile – Beauty of ceramic, the durability of porcelain
If you love fun, fanciful patterns then Apavisa’s Hydraulic tile is the perfect fit for your next project! Traditionally, the hydraulic look (also known as cement tiles, Victorian tiles, Cuban tiles and encaustic tiles) was only found on tile with a cement base … But with Apavisa’s Hydraulic tile you can now get the fun hydraulic pattern with the durability of porcelain! A few reasons why Apavisa’s Hydraulic tile has grown in popularity:
- The pattern is mesmerizing! Reminiscent of past times but fits perfectly in contemporary spaces
- Being porcelain, the tile is still easy to clean, durable, and resists staining
- Being porcelain Apavisa’s Hydraulic tile is less expensive than hydraulic ceramic tiles
- The beautiful pattern and durable nature mean it works as both wall and floor tile
Choose the perfect tile to transform your look
Visit our store for an extensive selection of porcelain tile samples, including samples of Apavisa’s Hydraulic tile. Your project consultant will help with ideas, choosing the right size tile and the colors to fit your space. Remember, we’re Portland’s favorite place for tile, the place to discover your tile style.
From choosing the perfect tile to meticulous installation, you’ll be delighted with the results, we promise.