porcelain tile palm beachAny West Palm Beach homeowner knows how important having a water resistant, easily cleaned floor is. Whether the issue lies with messy pets or your kids’ habit of tracking in beach sand, there are many reasons to choose porcelain tile for your floor. Here at Floor Coverings International Jupiter, we love porcelain tile because it can stand up to the unique challenges presented to West Palm Beach homeowners. Read below to learn if porcelain is right for your household!

What is Porcelain Tile?

Porcelain tile is a type of ceramic tile. Both ceramic and porcelain are made from clay, but the clay used in porcelain is finer, and it is fired at higher temperatures. This makes it more durable and resistant to liquid and stains. Porcelain tile is a popular material for backsplashes and showers, but it is most commonly used for flooring.

Porcelain Durability

Tile in general is known for being very durable, but porcelain stands out from the crowd as being exceptionally tough and resistant to scratching. Many types of natural stone tile are more porous than porcelain, making stone more susceptible to scratching. Porcelain is also denser and more durable than ceramic, making it an overall great tile choice for busy families, pet owners, and areas with heavy foot traffic.

Liquid and Stain Resistanceporcelain tile palm beach

Moisture is a tricky subject when it comes to tile. Tile is overall the best choice for moisture-prone rooms like the bathroom, but some tile must be treated before being placed in wet environments. For example, porous stone like travertine must be treated properly otherwise it can trap liquid and grime, resulting in watermarks and stains.

Porcelain is so dense and non-porous that it is much more resistant against water damage and is more unlikely to stain than other tile types. This makes it a better choice in a spill-prone kitchen or in homes with messy pets.

Maintenance

With the proper care, porcelain can last 50 years or more. Spills can be wiped up easily with a damp cloth, and a mild detergent can be used to clean up tougher messes. Grout cleaning is a different story, as grout is a porous material that is more likely to absorb stains. Thankfully, porcelain is not sensitive to acidic substances like some natural stone is, so you can clean your grout with vinegar and baking soda without damaging the tiles.

Get Started in West Palm Beach Today

Considering how durable, long lasting, and easy to maintain porcelain tile is, it’s no wonder that it is so popular amongst West Palm Beach homeowners. Contact Floor Coverings International Jupiter today to schedule your free, in-home design consultation and we’ll help you choose the perfect porcelain look for your home. We proudly serve Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County and surrounding areas.

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