Advantages and Disadvantages of Porcelain Tile

Advantages

  • Porcelain flooring is one of the most durable of flooring types. This means it is ideal for areas with high foot traffic and heavy equipment. If it does become damaged or chipped the color runs through the tile so it’s not easy to spot. It’s also relatively easy to repair as you can replaces tiles as needed.
  • It is extremely dense making it unlikely for moisture and staining agents to penetrate the surface. This also means that maintenance is quick and easy.
  • If it’s installed and maintained correctly, porcelain tile can last decades.
  • Porcelain tiles are manufactured in large sizes with many different styles.

Disadvantages

  • Installation can be daunting and laborious due to the incredibly dense and heavy material. Without the proper knowledge and equipment it can be impossible. Also, due to the weight you must make sure that your sub floor is strong enough to handle it. If not then you will need additional support beams under the sub-flooring.
  • They are pricey, however the longevity and quality of the tiles makes up for this.
  • Many people attempt to install porcelain tiles by themselves to reduce on cost but often make mistakes that can compromise the integrity and final outcome.
  • It is difficult to know exactly what you are purchasing when buying porcelain tile. There are no clear regulations so it’s difficult to know which characteristics your tile will have.
  • Glossy porcelain tile is often slick and therefor extremely slippery when wet. This can come with personal or financial cost when not dealt with properly.

FCS’s Solutions

  • If you are confident in your ability to install it yourself, ask the manufacturer how to install, not the company you bought it from. Also, ensure that it is sealed extremely well so the grout stays clean and new looking. We would recommend to hire professionals whenever dealing with porcelain tile.
  • Always purchase from a reputable and knowledgeable source that can help guide you to any answers you may need during the installation process.
  • For most residential uses, ceramic tile is all you need as porcelain tile is heavy duty. If you would like to use porcelain tile in your home we recommend that you research and consult about the type of tile to use as there are many qualities that porcelain tile can have.
  • Stay safe. If your porcelain tile is slippery when wet let us know and we can help set up a custom anti-slip program for your flooring. This includes getting a slip meter reading report to ensure that your floors are operating in the safe zone.

FCS’s Floor Cleaning Recommendations

FC350 Heavy Duty Cleaner (Eco)

Alkaline based cleaner with excellent degreasing capability.  Deep cleans contaminants from concrete and all flooring. Excellent for use on polished porcelain and polished stone floors. Ideal for regularly scheduled cleaning of floors (diluted) or for periodic cleaning of floors. Will remove acrylic sealers and finishes if used at full strength.

FC305 Tile and Grout Cleaner (Eco)

Highly effective organic acid based cleaner. Deep Cleans contaminants from concrete, ceramic tile, and stone. Do not use on polished porcelain and polished stone floors. Ideal for regularly scheduled cleaning of floors or for periodic deep cleaning of floors.

FC300 Neutral Floor Cleaner (Eco)

Neutral PH cleaner used on all concrete, ceramic tile, porcelain tile, stone and terrazzo floors. Ideal for regularly scheduled cleaning of floors.

FC333 Laminate Floor Cleaner (Eco)

Neutral based cleaner specially formulated for waxed, acrylic finished laminate surfaces, varnish, sealers and other non-porous surfaces, No rinsing required. Fast evaporation. No streaking or soap residue.

FC200 Hardwood Floor Cleaner (Eco)

Neutral based cleaner specially formulated for waxed, acrylic finished wood surfaces, varnish, sealers and other non-porous surfaces. No rinsing required. Fast evaporation. No streaking or soap residue. Safe on all natural wood, engineered wood, and oil finished wood, cork and bamboo floors.

FC110 Vinyl, Tile & Stone Cleaner (Eco)

Designed for routine cleaning of luxury vinyl, vinyl plank, VCT, linoleum, porcelain, ceramic and natural stone. Leaves no soap residue and wont dry wood surfaces.

URE-OUT™ (Eco)

Formulated to remove all organic stains such as urine, dirt, vomit, blood, mildew and feces and therefor eliminating foul odor. Ideal for carpets, area rugs, and upholstery. Can be used as a spot cleaner or in equipment to clean a large area. Contains an anti-soiling agent that inhibits rapid resoiling. Safe for pets and humans. Recommended as a treatment for subfloors prior to installation of new flooring. Must be diluted with water to become effective.

FCS Specialty Services Ltd.

For over 20 years, we have been involved with numerous applications of our professional products with a well trained staff. Our technical expertise has resolved many issues presented by product manufacturers, flooring distributors, retail floor stores and end user clients.

Our services include:

  • Grout sealer applications
  • Consulting services
  • Floor sealer applications
  • Specialty cleaning of heavily soiled floors
  • Concrete sealing
  • Floor slip meter readings
  • Application of Anti Slip Floor Treatment
  • Recommendations for flooring maintenance
  • Ceramic and porcelain wall tile maintenance program
  • Exterior stone sealer applications
  • Grout coloring
  • Granite countertop sealing and maintenance instructions

We look forward to providing technical support and professional service.

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