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Why Porcelain?

Porcelain is the highest grade of ceramic tile. Superior quality raw minerals, finer particle size and higher firing temperatures give Certified Porcelain tile several advantages over traditional ceramic tile:

Durability: porcelain tile is denser and much harder than ceramic tile, making it more resistant to wear and tear. Porcelain is harder than steel. On a Mohs Hardness Scale, porcelain is 7.5 to 8. (For reference, a steel nail is 6.5, a diamond is 10.)


Water resistance: porcelain tile is virtually impervious to water. It is naturally resistant to algae, mold and mildew. Extreme climate conditions and freeze-thaw cycles will not affect porcelain tile.


Stain resistance: due to its low porosity, porcelain tile is less likely to absorb stains. 


Color fast: porcelain tile will never fade. Porcelain is fired at ultra-high temperatures, permanently bonding the colors to the tile. Color fade is included in our 75 year limited warranty (see warranty for details).


Fire resistant: porcelain is naturally fire resistant. To achieve a Class A rated roof system, we recommend using VersaShield by GAF as an underlayment.


Pest resistant: varmints, termites and rodents cannot chew-through porcelain tile. 


Design options: using state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques, porcelain tile can mimic the look of natural stone, wood and other materials with high fidelity. 


Longevity: because of its durability and resistance to various elements, porcelain tile has a longer lifespan than ceramic tile, making it a more cost-effective option in the long run.

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