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Published: Thursday, 4/29/2010

Harder Than Granite

BY TRESA ERICKSON

You're in the middle of remodeling your entryway. Gone are the crusty old wallpaper, tarnished brass light fixtures and soiled carpet. In their place are a warm shade of taupe, classic rubbed bronze fixtures, and, well, you haven't quite got to the flooring yet. You're leaning toward tile, and your friends have suggested you go with porcelain tile.

Unlike most other types of ceramic tile which are made of red or white clay fired in a kiln, porcelain tile is composed of special porcelain clays and minerals, including feldspar, and fired in a kiln at a higher pressure, making it exceptionally hard -- 30% harder than granite to be exact. It is denser than other products, frost-proof and highly stain-, scratch- and water-resistant. Some lines are even slip-resistant.

Virtually indestructible, porcelain tile can be used almost anywhere-low- and high-traffic areas indoors and out. It comes in a variety of styles and colors. In fact, the color of porcelain tiles goes all the way through, unlike the color of traditional tile which is baked on. Porcelain tile comes in three basic finishes: matte, unglazed and high-polished. Unglazed porcelain tiles work best for outdoor applications and require sealing.

Porcelain tile absorbs very little water, making it easy to care for. Once installed, porcelain tile floors require just an occasional sweeping and mopping. Spills may be wiped up easily with a damp cloth.

Because it can withstand a lot of wear and tear, many people are now using porcelain tile in their homes and businesses. The tile has definitely gained in popularity in recent years, and you should give it a look before selecting tile for your entryway. It might just make the perfect fit for your foyer.



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