Are there any points that might make one hesitate to use porcelain tiles with their low water absorption rate, full body colours and patterns, and superior break-strength? There aren’t many things to consider.
Are porcelain tiles the tiles you will need for any wall or other vertical surface? Whereas wall tiles have a higher water absorption rate and “grab” the adhesive, porcelain tiles won’t take to the adhesive so readily. This being so, they will need to be supported while the adhesive sets. For angles between your tiles, you could use plastic spacers. Make sure to use the top quality adhesives to provide your porcelain tiles true “stick to itiveness.”
Making The Cut
Before you reach for that carbide blade to chop porcelain tiles, it’s great to bear in mind that they are more difficult to cut than ordinary ceramic tiles and for that reason you will probably find yourself having difficulty. A diamond wet saw (a circular blade made with diamond jewelry tip) will be ideal.
The Ideal Size
Porcelain tiles sizes vary and so are irregular because of the high temperature of which they’re cooked. This lack of consistency can present problems during installation.
Appreciating a do-it-yourself job well done involves fantastic satisfaction. Nevertheless the inconsistent size and weight of porcelain tiles (it’s possible to weigh in at as much as 6 pounds) makes their set up a project that’s best handled with a professional floor tiler lest you end up with the most popular problem of uneven tiles.
Keeping Them Clean
Nooks and crannies for dirt to lodge and stains to build up are a few imperfections that may be found in porcelain tiles. To stop this, these blemishes must be sealed manually. To generate a hidden stain resistant shield that will be distributed around the surface of the tile, you need to use a penetrating sealer.