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Ceramics and porcelain tiles advantages and disadvantages of each one

Ceramics and porcelain tiles are two floors considered cold, that is, great for places where it is warm all year round, such as Christmas. Both are great for being practical, durable and easy to wash. In addition, they are versatile, look great in any environment and are found in various sizes, colors and finishes.

Ceramics

 

This is the most economical option on the market because it is made from a mixture of clays with chemical compounds. It can be found in enameled or non-enameled version.

The enamel, as the name says, has a layer of enamel that waterproof the piece, which makes it more resistant to chemical agents and moisture.

The non-enamelled tends to have a greater wear and, consequently, less durability.

When buying any of these two options, pay attention to the PEI, which stands for the degree to which the floor resists frictional wear. The higher the PEI the more resistant is the ceramic.

Porcelain

This type of floor is made with noble materials, such as porcelain and clay, so it has the following characteristics: durability and resistance. This also entails higher prices compared to pottery.

The porcelain tile also has low porosity and water absorption, which makes it super versatile and can be used in any environment. It can be enamelled, satin or polished also called technician.

Enamelling, as well as ceramics with the same nomenclature, has enamel application on the surface and is more resistant to staining. In addition, it can be found in several finishes: glossy, rustic, satin finish.

The satin is a frosted, very easy to clean porcelain tile. It is tougher than polished and less likely to tarnish.

The polished or technical has the smoothest surface and may even be slippery because it has low water absorption. It is known for its intense shine, which although delicate is more resistant to bumps and super easy to clean.

When choosing the floor, it is important to think about where it will be applied: in a dry or wet area, internal or external. In addition to paying attention to the characteristics of use of the environments. If doubts persist, an architect can lend a helping hand to you not to make a mistake!

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