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What is Glazed Porcelain Tile?

2011/04/28
Probably you have seen glazed porcelain tile in your daily life although you may not have an idea of it at that time. Glazed porcelain is noted for its glossy surface and durability. It gets more popularity as people gradually realize its advantageous features. It applies to the house decoration especially for the bathrooms and kitchens. Below are five aspects of glazed porcelain tile which will give you some knowledge about it.
Features:
Porcelain tiles are made of porcelain clay which is fired at high heat. Porcelain tiles of Matte, polished and glazed finishes are available in the present market. With a layer of glaze and mostly colored, glazed tile has high-gloss appearance thus receives great popularity form the customers.
Size:
Porcelain tiles are usually classified into size of 6-inch, 12-inch or 18-inch squares. If you plan to choose the porcelain tiles, it is advised that you buy more than you think you’ll need as some tiles may get broken during installation. 
Benefits:
Glazed porcelain tile has superior scratch, dirt and water resistance properties which make it stands out in the house decoration especially for the kitchen counter tops, bathrooms etc.
Drawbacks:
Every coin has two sides, so does the glazed porcelain tile. It is much expensive than other kinds of ceramic tile and vinyl. Besides, it is slippery as to its glazed surface. Hard objects such as heavy cookware or tools falling on the porcelain tiles may clip them. As the color of glazed tiles is only applied on the surface but not through the depth of the tile, these clips may show the underlying porcelain. 
Cleaning:
It is easy to clean the glazed porcelain tiles. Only with a damp mop can bring back its shine. The grout may get easily stained while sealing the grout can solve the problem.
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