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Porcelain Tiles : Facts to consider About Porcelain Tiles

by Tiles Online on May 25, 2013

Facts to consider About Porcelain Tiles

porcelain tiles What are the points that might make one be reluctant to utilize porcelain tiles with their low water absorption rate, full body shades and patterns, and exceptional break-strength? There are few points to consider.

Adhesive for Tiles

Wish to tile a wall or any other vertical surface with porcelain tiles? Porcelain tiles is not going to take to the adhesive so easily though wall tiles have a higher water absorption rate and “grab” the adhesive. While the adhesive sets, they will need to be supported. For angles between your tiles, you can use plastic spacers. Be sure to utilize the top quality adhesives to give your porcelain tiles true “stick to itiveness.”

“Making the Cut”

Prior to reaching for that carbide blade to cut porcelain tiles, it’s great to keep in mind that they are much harder to cut than ordinary ceramic tiles and so you may find yourself having trouble. It might be ideal to use a diamond wet saw (a circular blade made out of a diamond tip).

What’s Your “Size”?

Due to the high temperature at which porcelain tiles are cooked their sizes vary and so are irregular. During installing, this lack of uniformity can present challenges.

The Beauty of DIY

There is certainly great total satisfaction in sitting back and appreciating a do-it-yourself job well done. However the inconsistent size and weight of porcelain tiles (one can weigh in at up to 6 pounds) makes their set up a project that’s best handled by a professional floor layer lest you end up with the common problem of uneven tiles.

Keeping Them Clean

The surfaces of porcelain tiles have flaws that offer nooks and crannies for dirt to lodge and stains to build up. These flaws need to be closed manually to prevent this. A penetrating sealer can be used to provide an unseen stain resistant shield which will be absorbed into the top of tile.

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