Ceramic and Porcelain Flooring by Eleganza Tile
So what makes ceramic tiles and porcelain tiles such a great choice as a flooring material? Generally, ceramic and porcelain are much more affordable and relatively easier to maintain than stone flooring materials. More importantly, the craftsmanship and manufacturing process of ceramic and porcelain tiles result in stronger and more durable tiles for floor and wall applications. Ceramic and porcelain tiles can also be designed to look like or have the aesthetics of stone and other materials. Eleganza offers long-lasting porcelain tiles with the beauty of weathered concrete, contemporary stones, classic marbles, travertines, distressed or modern metallic lines, and hand-scraped or exotic natural wood materials.
The hot kiln firing process produces the hard surfaces of ceramic tiles and porcelain tiles. Although “ceramic” and “porcelain” are used interchangeably and are grouped in the same material category, porcelain tiles have a slightly harder surface than ceramic tiles. This is because porcelain tiles are fired in a kiln at higher temperatures for a longer time than ceramic tiles. Therefore, porcelain tiles are more dense, less porous, and more impervious to water than ceramic tiles. In fact, some porcelain tiles have a water absorption rate of 0.5% as defined by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) C373.
Another important difference between ceramic and porcelain tiles is that the color goes all the way through in porcelain tiles, while color in ceramic usually glazes only the surface. This is a great advantage of porcelain tiles over ceramic tiles since porcelain tiles won’t show wear in high traffic areas as easily as ceramic tiles. And in the rare case of any tile chips or cracks, it is not uncommon for damages to be unnoticeable in porcelain floor and wall tiles. In worst case scenarios, the cost of repairing porcelain and ceramic tiles aren’t typically too expensive.
While most ceramic and porcelain tile floors and walls are fairly easy to maintain, sometimes, hard water marks, soap scum and mildew can build up high traffic areas such as the bathroom. Shoe markings or shoe scuffs, oil, grease, paint, fruit juice, or coffee and tea can also stain ceramic tiles and porcelain tiles. Eleganza’s unique technology allows for the impressive manufacturing of floor and wall tiles with chemical stain resistance. High-quality Eleganza tiles are not only beautiful for indoor residential and commercial use, Eleganza also offers frost-resistant tiles that can be installed outdoors on patios, decks, gardens, and glass tiles for pool areas.
Eleganza works closely with a network of factories throughout the world in the United States, Italy, Spain, and China. Through state-of-the-art technology and high-definition inkjet manufacturing, Eleganza continues to develop an extensive array of collections specializing in interior, exterior, floor, wall, residential, and commercial applications.