Can you use porcelain tiles as flooring?

bathroom with porcelain tiles

Whether you are renovating your kitchen or bathroom, porcelain tiles are the perfect way to add a touch of class and sophistication to your home. This is because they are high-quality, durable tiles that also come in a range of colours, patterns and styles. As a result, there is truly something for everyone when shopping for porcelain floor tiles.

However, as with any purchase, it's important that you don’t rush the process. After all, you want to be happy with your home when your renovation project is complete. With that in mind, here’s everything you need to know about using porcelain tiles as flooring! 

Can you use porcelain tiles as flooring?

Porcelain is one of the most popular ceramics used in the construction of flooring tiles. This is because, while it may look dainty and fragile, porcelain is a highly durable material, meaning it can withstand a lot of wear and tear. For example, porcelain tiles are less porous than other forms of ceramic, which means they will absorb less water. 

As a result, it is highly recommended that those considering using tiles as flooring within their home (and gardens) chose a porcelain product, especially if they are looking for something that can become a fixture of their home for years to come. After all, if you were to select a cheaper, less durable product, you may end up spending more money in the long run as you’ll have to replace them more often. 

What are the benefits of using porcelain tiles as flooring? 

There are many benefits associated with using porcelain tiles as flooring within your home or business. For example: 

Porcelain tiles are available in a range of different styles. 

Porcelain tiles are often famed for their beauty; whether you opt for something sleek and simplistic or an eye-catching pattern. As a result, the right choice of tile can truly elevate any room in your home, turning an otherwise dull space into an interior designer's dream. 

Their versatility also means that many tiles can be designed to mimic other, more expensive types of flooring, such as hardwood or bamboo. This means that you can have the home of your dreams while still remaining within your budget. Finally, this also means that you have plenty of options when it comes to choosing a ‘theme’ for each room in your home. For example, wooden flooring will enable you to achieve a more traditional, homely finish, while clean, sleek tiles can be used for a more modern finish. 

Porcelain tiles are long-lasting.

Porcelain floor tiles are designed to be a long-lasting fixture within your home or business. This comes down to the way in which porcelain is formed - unlike other ceramics, porcelain is fired at a high temperature and a lot of pressure, which creates a tile that can stand the test of time. For example, their water resistance means they’re a great choice when it comes to redesigning your bathroom.

Their strength and durability also mean that they’re suitable for outdoor use, with many porcelain tiles being frost rated, which means they can survive the colder months without cracking. This means, that while they may be a little more expensive than other ceramic flooring choices, they’re a worthwhile investment as you are less likely to replace them in a hurry. In fact, a recent study predicted that porcelain tiles, if cared for correctly, could last between 75-100 years. This means you definitely will not need to replace or repair them in a hurry. 

Porcelain tiles are low-maintenance.

As any homeowner can attest, the less time you can spend cleaning your home, the better, which is perhaps why porcelain tiles are so popular. After all, after a busy day at work, the last thing you want to do is to spend hours cleaning your floor. Porcelain tiles are both scratch and water-resistant, meaning that you have to carry out minimal upkeep to keep them in good condition.

They also do not stain easily, which is great news for those who are raising children (or whose housemates are a little on the messy side). Furthermore, unlike other flooring types, such as hardwood, they don’t require any special cleaning products, such as wax, to maintain their natural lustre and shine - a little bit of water will do the trick. You can also use a microfiber cloth to quickly and efficiently pick up any dust/crumbs. 

Porcelain tile installation. 

If you’re looking to take your interior design choices to the next level, you can’t go wrong with porcelain tiles, especially as they provide you with the perfect blend of style and practicality. Furthermore, the installation process is relatively straightforward, especially if you work with a professional, such as a member of the team at Ottawa Diamond Tile. 

As a result, please do not hesitate to get in touch today should you have any questions about our products or services. We’d be happy to talk you through a range of porcelain tile choices, as well as explain a little more about the tile flooring brands we work with. We’re also on hand to help with every step of the installation process.

If porcelain tiles aren’t your choice, we have a range of other stunning flooring tiles to choose from, such as glass tiles, stacked stone, and mosaic tiles. We also offer in-floor heating options which will help keep you warm underfoot no matter the weather outside. It can also be a method through which you can make your home more energy efficient - which lowers your energy bills considerably.    

We believe that you deserve to live in the home of your dreams - and that should start from the ground (or rather, flooring) up. As such, we offer all of our services and products for a fair price, helping you stay within budget without having to sacrifice style or sophistication. 

We look forward to hearing from you!