Slab in GTA Homes Stand Up to the Test of Time
When renovating or building a new home,
flooring is one of the top considerations. Depending on whether the space is a
high traffic area, prone to moisture like in a kitchen, bathroom or basement,
or will be installed over a heater, the right type of flooring will make a
world of difference. A popular option that has turned heads is Porcelain slab
for GTA high traffic floors.
Not to Be Confused with Ceramic
There is often confusion between ceramic and porcelain. Both
are part of the larger category of tiles called ceramic, but there are a few
differences. Porcelain has a higher water absorption rate than ceramic. Since a
porcelain slab is denser and less porous than ceramic, it is more impervious to
Because of porcelain’s through-body composition, it is
considered more durable and better suited for heavy usage than ceramic tile. If
ceramic tile is chipped, there might be a different colour underneath the top
glaze. If porcelain is chipped, the colour stays the same and the chip is
The Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI)
to determine its hardness and durability.
Porcelain tiles tend to be around 5 (heavy residential and commercial traffic).
PEI ratings for ceramic tile can range anywhere from PEI 0 (no foot
traffic) up to PEI 5, but with most ratings in the lower end of the scale.
Favourite for Floors
Porcelain is a man-made product from a hard, white,
translucent material that is fired at a low temperature and then glazed at a
high temperature. One of porcelain’s most distinguished characteristics is its
resistance to moisture. It will also stand up to:
Porcelain can be
either glazed or unglazed. Unglazed porcelain slab is solid, with consistent
colour throughout the slab and will retain its colour even as the surface
wears. Unglazed comes in various finishes, from rough to polished. Glazed porcelain
has a protective coating on top of the dense tile body, which can be produced
in a variety of colours or patterns. The glaze can be of a shiny or matte
Because porcelain is so practical, a
porcelain floor makes a lot of sense. Porcelain also offers unmatched design
versatility. Tiles can mimic natural stone varieties, such as granite and
marble. Designs can draw inspiration from timeless styles to surfaces that
suggest a leather feel.
Porcelain is difficult to scratch,
resists fire and comes in a variety of shapes, colors and styles. It will stand
up to heavy foot traffic and splashed water and will last for years.
Another advantage of porcelain is that
it is easy to clean. Wipe up water immediately, sweep or vacuum regularly and
damp mop weekly. Avoid abrasives such as steel wool and scouring pads. Unglazed
porcelain requires more frequent cleaning.
Porcelain Slab Is a GTA Show Stopper
Originating in China, porcelain has
found its use among royalty and is now making a name for itself as a practical
element in the home.
Incorporating porcelain slab into a GTA home will give it a
grand and luxurious appeal.