Tile flooring is a popular, timeless, and durable floor covering option that is perfect for rooms such as kitchens or bathrooms. Here at Floor Coverings International of Hillsborough, Princeton, and Flemington, NJ we offer a wide variety of tile products, from ceramic to slate to natural stone. But which type of tile is not only the best, but the best for your home? We focused in on one of the great tile flooring options available from Floor Coverings International of Hillsborough in order to explore its pros and cons. After reading this post, we hope you’ll know whether or not porcelain tile flooring is right for you.
Pros of Porcelain Tile Flooring
- Porcelain tile flooring is incredibly durable. It is kiln fired at extremely high temperatures, which causes it to be a very hard material. The Porcelain Enamel Institute ranks the hardness of tile from 1-5, with 5 being the hardest, able to stand heavy traffic in commercial and industrial applications, and porcelain tile is almost always ranked as a class 5.
- Porcelain tile flooring is one of the least absorbent flooring options out there. Porcelain tile has absorption rates less than 0.5%, so you won’t have to worry about spills or stains, and porcelain tile can also be used in outdoor applications, unlike normal ceramic tile.
- Porcelain tile flooring is a very low maintenance flooring option. It only takes regular sweeping and occasional vacuuming or mopping to keep it spotless and shiny. Spills are quick and painless to clean up, and because porcelain is so non-absorbent the stains won’t set in.
- Tile flooring is a great flooring option for animal lovers, as your pet’s claws won’t scratch the hard and durable surface. Any spills or messes will also be easy to clean up, and you won’t get pet hair trapped in your carpet.
- Porcelain tile flooring is the perfect flooring choice for people with allergies, as its smooth, hard surface doesn’t attract dust, dirt, and other allergens the way a floor covering like carpet does. The non-absorbent qualities of porcelain tile flooring also means that it won’t suck in any harmful chemicals from the air and will keep the air quality high.
- Porcelain floors will add resale value to your house, as they are considered to be a luxury flooring material.
- Radiant heating is well suited to porcelain tile flooring.
- Porcelain tile flooring is resistant to fire, thermal shock, and chemical attack.
- Porcelain is a very attractive floor covering, with a huge variety of styles, colors, and patterns available, so that this flooring option can fit nearly anyone’s style. The design possibilities are nearly endless.
- Porcelain tile flooring can realistically mimic the appearance and texture of other flooring materials, such as marble, hardwood, or granite. This means that you can get floors with the look of hardwood, but the durability and water resistance of porcelain.
Cons of Porcelain Tile Flooring
- Porcelain is a more expensive flooring option, with prices ranging from $3-$10 per square foot.
Porcelain tile floors are difficult to install and are not suited for DIY projects. Because the tile is so much denser and heavier than regular ceramic tile, it requires specialty adhesives, and because it is so hard it can be difficult to cut and fit.
- Porcelain tile flooring can be cold underfoot, especially in winter. Radiant heating can mitigate this though.
- Porcelain tile flooring is very hard underfoot, so it can be uncomfortable to stand on for long periods, and might not be the best for people with joint problems.
Whether or not you choose to install porcelain tile flooring in your home, we hope you start your flooring journey with Floor Coverings International of Hillsborough, NJ!