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Porcelain tiles are usually only made from white clay and their color is infused throughout the tile. They are denser than ceramic tiles and use more highly refined and purified clay. Because of this, they are more suitable for harsher use, such as flooring, countertops, in outdoor areas and in cold weather climates. Also, they are less likely to absorb moisture and are more resistant to staining.
Ceramic tiles are made of minerals mined from the earth’s crust, natural minerals such as feldspar that are used to lower the firing temperature, and chemical additives required for the shaping process.
Once the raw materials are processed, a number of steps take place to obtain the finished product. These steps include batching, mixing, and grinding, spray-drying, forming, drying, glazing and firing.
Porcelain tile is available in a wide range of colors, patterns and mosaics with many examples found in the Bella Tile showroom. Take a look at our many options, which range from classic faux stones to fashion-inspired prints.
Architects and designers love porcelain. Exceptionally hard and dense, the material resists scratching, chipping, and breaking and is impervious to water, mold, and mildew.
The high-performance material has also been given a high-style makeover over the last few years that captures the look and texture of more delicate finishes, such as leather as well as decorative treatments like fabric and wallpaper.
The result? A modern surfacing material suited to the
most demanding installations, from airports to building facades as well as your busy kitchen or outdoor patio.