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Porcelain Tile

Porcelain is much harder than ordinary ceramic tiles and is usually selected, despite its higher price, for its hard-wearing nature. Porcelain can be used in both wet and dry areas such as bathrooms, showers and kitchens.

The dense, hard surface of porcelain has made polishing a viable alternative to a glazed surface. This means that a tile can be fired, then a polish cut into the surface, creating a shine without a glaze.

Porcelain is denser and therefore heavier to handle than other ceramic tiles. For this reason, it is generally more expensive. Being harder, it is more difficult to cut and drill and requires specialist tools, which can hamper fitting and increase costs. Polished porcelain may need sealing, where ordinary glazed tiles do not. The glazed surface is coated with less than two microns.


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Color Blox 2.0
...Featuring bright playfulness grounded in nature’s roots, our Color Blox 2.0 porcelain tile collection is a new generation of our longtime favorite collection, Color Blox. With a concrete-inspired look, this new line brings a modern sensibility with warmer, on-trend neutrals, as well as fresh blues and greens. Colors that are returning for the original collection are enhanced with an updated fac...
Enlite Porcelain Tile
...Sooth your soul and awaken your senses with tranquil design. Finding beauty in the passing of time, Enlite™ embraces the calming effect of organic, natural stone visuals in a harmonious color palette. Enlite™ celebrates the belief that less is more with the simple offer of a new 15x30 floor tile and a random linear mosaic. EMBRACING HARMONYAwaken the soul with tranquil desig...
Famed
...Famed is a porcelain tile assortment for floor and wall that offers porcelain durability with the beauty of marble designs. Accompanying the collection’s tile products are chevron mosaics and penny round mosaics. All Famed products feature proprietary Microban technology that provides powerful antimicrobial product protection. Microban technology is built-into the product and will not wash off ...
Mythique Marble
...ndance of style. Microban technology is built-into the product and will not wash off or wear away. Marble looks are trendy right now, and Mythique Marble perfectly offers Marble's beauty with porcelain tile performance. Mythique Marble offers gorgeous marble designs in warm and cool tones to fit into any overall room design. Each design brings something unique to an area. Mythique Marble u...
Emser Tile’s Yakedo™Wins Flooring Category in 2020 HD Awards
...elements that create a harmonious blend of textures and sizes. Designers are able to tell a story through rich wood and concrete looks, while offering the ease of maintenance and durability that only porcelain tile can provide. About Emser Tile LLC Emser Tile is the largest privately held designer and marketer of tile and natural stone products in the United States. Our principle offering ...
Bryson Valley™
...Bryson Valley offers an ultra-realistic barnwood visual with authentic hardwood texture. The rich warmth of real wood floors is presented in large format porcelain tile appealing to designers and homeowners who prefer today’s longer, wider planks...
Sabbia Marmo Porcelain Tile
...This unique Marazzi porcelain tile design was created to offer an appearance that takes its inspiration from the beauty of sand found in nature's oceans. The subsequent design flows and moves in a soft curved, liner pattern. To heighten the tactile experience of Sabbia Marmo, Marazzi has added an application to the surface that feels like light sand to the touch. Visually you'll see hints of gl...
Monza Porcelain Tile Collection
...Monza Porcelain large format tile collection - A beautifully diverse collection of porcelain large format tiles. This dynamic duo ranges from a cement and concrete industrial design to an elegant marble classic look. Both 35x35 tiles are available in matte and polished finish. Use Monza to develop a statement outdoor or indoor flooring. Forever enhance the charm of each rooms wall space with timel...
RevoTile
...This true floating floor is made with real porcelain tile in ultra-realistic wood, stone, marble, and concrete looks. RevoTile features ClicFit™ Technology, a unique locking system derived from the Uniclic® profile, the groundbreaking technology developed by the leader in locking systems and our parent company, Mohawk Industries, ensuring the ultimate quality and performance in design. ...
Portugal Porcelain Stone Collection
...Portuguese Atlantic Dark limestone, a natural, earthen material found only in the Mediterranean, inspired Crossville's Portugal porcelain tile collection. It captures this one-of-a-kind, subtle, organic surface visual with Crossville's Digital+ technology. The Portugal collection offers finishes for both interior and exterior applications. Portugal gives designers a great solution for c...
Ege Seramik’s New Quarzite Collection combines Classic Size and Style
...NORCROSS, GA. October 7, 2020 - Ege Seramik introduces the Quarzite Collection. Available in classic sizes of 12x24 and 24x24, this rectified porcelain tile offers the look of natural quartzite, which create contemporary visuals for any project The Quarzite Collection is available in four colors with a matte finish. The tiles even feature a unique sparkle, much like crystalline effects ...
Daltile Collaborates With Leading Architectural Firm Gensler To Create New Products
... epitome of sophisticated design, these fashion-driven, cement-look lines feature unique sub-collections and align with one of the hottest trends in the design industry, urban industrial style. These porcelain tile series are available nationwide. “These products embody exactly what the commercial market is wanting and needing,” said Paij Thorn-Brooks, vice president of marketing for Dal-T...
Ege Seramik Introduces the Salvador Collection
...ing the utmost in durability, maintenance and overall beauty. About Ege Seramik Since 1972, Ege Seramik has been a major global supplier of top-quality ceramic and porcelain tile materials. To meet the demand of customers in the United States and Canada, Ege Seramik America, (established 1991) has been serving a strong and loyal cadre of active North America...
Daltile 'Style Squad' Influencer Shows Consumers How DIY Easy RevoTile Is
... own projects. The story that Frills & Drills influencer Lindsay Dean is currently sharing on Instagram, Pinterest, and her blog shows consumers how she single-handedly installed a room of real porcelain tile flooring quickly and easily in her own home, using Daltile’s new revolutionary click-tile product RevoTile. Launched in January of 2020, RevoTile is a patented floating tile ...
3 Outdoor Living Space Remodel Ideas to Create a Sleek Modern Style
...nd they are seeking variety in their outdoor tile options. Natural stone tile is always a top choice for homeowners looking for smooth, natural textures that are also long-lasting. Stone-look porcelain tile and natural stone tile and are extremely popular options because they are available in a variety of styles and finishes, they work well in outdoor spaces, and they blend seamlessly with...
Homeowners Drive Growth for Decorative Tile
...ia Group, a Cleveland-based industry research firm. More information about this study is here: https://www.freedoniagroup.com/industry-study/decorative-tile-3697.htm Porcelain tile will see the fastest growth rate through 2023 of all decorative tile material. Gains will be driven by porcelain's increased adoption due to durability, wear and slip resistance, an...
Wood Trails
...te and Pinells Beige. High Density ceramic tiles by Interceramic® are produced using advanced technology that allows ceramic products, such as Wood Trails, to perform at the high standards of porcelain tile. Wood Trails also features the use of digital technology, creating the most realistic graining and knotting found in natural wood. All four colors are offered in 6”x20” ...
Montpellier
...esign to a new level. High Density ceramic tiles by Interceramic® are produced using advanced technology that allows ceramic products, such as Montpellier, to perform at the high standards of porcelain tile. Montpellier also features the use of digital technology, creating the most realistic graining and variations found in natural stone. All four colors are offered in 16”x...
Arley Wholesale Donates Huge Amount of Tile for Haiti Rebuild
...Arley Wholesale, Inc., a family-owned, third generation wholesale supplier of tile and stone headquartered in Scranton, PA, recently made a major contribution of porcelain tile material to aid the crisis in Haiti. According to David Lorency, President of Cleveland, TN-based Operation Compassion-A Ministry of Blessing, “The tile donated from Arley Wholesale in Scranton was shipped directly to Ha...
Kitchen Tile
...to become statements of art and design, reflecting cultural influences and technological innovations. Types and FeaturesKitchen tiles are a kaleidoscope of options. Ceramic and porcelain tiles are popular for their durability and water resistance, while natural stone tiles like granite or marble offer a unique, luxurious look. Glass and cement tiles, each with their own uniq...
Porcelain Tile
...Porcelain Tile: A Timeless Choice for Modern Interior Design In the dynamic world of interior design, the evolution of materials often tells a story of culture, art, and technology. Porcelain tile is a classic example of this narrative. With roots tracing back to ancient civilizations, porcelain tiles have journeyed from functional elements to key features in home decoration an...
Bathroom Tile
...>Tiles come in various materials, including ceramic, porcelain, glass, and natural stone, each with unique characteristics. Ceramic tiles are known for their versatility and cost-effectiveness, while porcelain tiles offer superior water resistance and durability. Glass tiles add a modern, sleek look, and natural stone tiles bring an earthy, organic feel to spaces. Finishes range from glossy to mat...
Decorative Tile
...>Types and CharacteristicsThe world of decorative tile is wonderfully diverse. Ceramic tiles are renowned for their vibrant colors and patterns, offering a traditional yet timeless appeal. Porcelain tiles, denser and more durable, are ideal for high-traffic areas. For a touch of opulence, natural stone tiles like marble and granite stand out, each piece unique in its veining and hue. Th...
Ceramic Tile
...feature in contemporary interiors. Types and Characteristics: Porcelain vs. Non-Porcelain and BeyondCeramic tiles broadly fall into two categories: porcelain and non-porcelain. Porcelain tiles, made from denser clays, are fired at higher temperatures, rendering them remarkably durable and resistant to moisture – a perfect choice for bathrooms and kitchens. Non-porcelain tile...
Spa / Pool Tile
...s, each boasting distinct characteristics. From ceramic and porcelain to glass and natural stone, the options are vast. Ceramic tiles, known for their durability and versatility, are a common choice. Porcelain tiles, a subtype of ceramic, are famed for their water-resistant properties, making them ideal for pools and spas. Glass tiles, with their translucent beauty, add a touch of sophistication a...
Floor Tile (unglazed)
...al tile applications. Real-World WondersCase studies reveal the practical and aesthetic versatility of unglazed tiles. For instance, a recent project used large-format unglazed porcelain tiles to create a seamless flow between indoor and outdoor spaces, demonstrating their adaptability and durability. Another example is a boutique hotel that utilized handcrafted terracotta t...
Mosaic Tile (unglazed)
...ces, catering to the modern designer’s quest for individuality. From Concept to Reality: Case Studies in DesignA case in point is a recent boutique hotel project where unglazed porcelain tiles in varying shades of blue created a stunning feature wall, mimicking the movement of water and offering guests a serene, oceanic ambiance. Another example is a residential kitchen wher...
Floor Tile
...temporary loft. The spectrum of colors, patterns, and textures is limitless. Imagine a Mediterranean-inspired kitchen with terracotta tiles or a chic, monochromatic bathroom adorned with large-format porcelain tiles. The ability to mix and match different tiles allows designers to create unique, personalized spaces. Beyond Beauty: Functional BenefitsFunctionally, tiles are t...
Custom Tiles
...sign. Real-World Wonders: Case Studies in Custom Tile UseConsider a recent project where custom tiles transformed a mundane bathroom into a spa-like retreat. Large, marble-look porcelain tiles created a luxurious, open feel, while hand-painted accent tiles added a personal touch. Another example is a kitchen backsplash featuring custom-made ceramic tiles with a unique patter...
Hard Surface Flooring
...erials are chosen for their durability, ease of maintenance, and hypoallergenic properties, making them a staple in modern design. The Spectrum of Choices Ceramic and Porcelain Tiles: Celebrated for their versatility and diverse finishes. Natural Stone: Brings luxury with options like marble, granite, and slate. Wood Flooring: Offers a classic...