Wide Selection of Porcelain Tiles
With the help of Toscana Floorings, you can find the perfect porcelain tile for your home and add a touch of elegance and class. Porcelain flooring tiles are known for their versatility and beauty, making them useful in virtually any application, both residential and commercial. Porcelain is a great material to use on walls as well.
Superior Durability, and Style
Mixed with several different types of clays, porcelain tiles are mixed with a color glaze then baked in a kiln at an extremely high temperature. Unlike their ceramic counterparts where the glaze is present on just one side, the color is mixed with the clays, making porcelain tiles the same color all throughout the tile. Along with the clays and the color glaze, there’s also a large amount of feldspar present in the mix which is baked for a longer period at a higher temperature, producing a much harder, denser, more durable material. Because of the way that it’s made, porcelain tiles can be quite large while still maintaining their strength and durability.
Rectified Porcelain Tiles
All tiles will vary slightly in size between production, and porcelain tiles are no exception to this rule. However, porcelain tile is deliberately made to be larger so that it can be cut on a diamond blade saw to produce uniform pieces of tile. This allows for smaller, more consistent grout joints between porcelain tiles and helps to create attractive, stylish finished appearances.
Indoor and Outdoor Applications Vary Greatly
Porcelain floor tiles are typically the top choice for outdoor areas like swimming pools & decks, patios and the front pathway leading to the stairs up to your front porch, as long as they meet or exceed slip-resistant requirements. The experts at Toscana Floorings can help you with this. Outdoor tiling must have a surface texture that helps make them slip-resistant. In outdoor environments, they’ll require a gritty surface. Remember, the glaze is actually mixed into the tile, so color isn’t sacrificed there. This matte surface provides excellent grip when the tiles get wet. It’s always a good idea to look for products that are ADA-approved for outdoor applications.
Porcelain floor tiles are usually thicker and harder than wall tiles, which makes them far stronger and more long-lasting, despite being exposed to the elements. The purpose of mixng the glaze into the actual product is, in part to handle the wear and tear caused by heavy foot traffic. Recently, outdoor porcelain floor tiles are being applied to vertical surfaces, like store fronts. This isn’t normally a problem, provided that the surface is strong enough to support their weight and that proper preparation and installation methods are utilized.
Porcelain floor and wall tiles, both indoor and outdoor, are available in a wide variety of colors and textures. These tiles can be installed with very small grout joints, which will reduce both the risk of moisture-absorption and time spent cleaning. Some porcelain tiles are even made to imitate wood flooring. The hand-scraped surfaces of these types of porcelain tiles have subtle veining and come in some of the most popular colors: walnut, oak and cherry.
Contact the best porcelain floor tile store in Dallas, Toscana Floorings, today at (972) 406-8881 to learn more about porcelain tile and how it will best suit your home. The experts at Toscana Floorings are waiting for your call, ready to help make your home even more special.