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Miami Carpet and Tile is one of south Florida's biggest proponents of Porcelain Tile in the home. It's superior characteristics offer an assurance of lasting beauty and quality for those living in the Fort Lauderdale, Deerfield Beach, and Boca Raton, Florida areas.
Porcelain tile, differs from basic ceramic tile in its manufacturing process, absorption rate and breaking strength. These inherent differences in the manufacturing processes plus the quality of the raw materials make porcelain tile a superior product in terms of value, durability, color and design. It's comparable tothe difference between plywood and solid oak.
Porcelain tile is made up of approximately 50% feldspar; the remaining 50% is made up of various high-quality light firing ball clays. This makes the fired body white, allowing clear, brilliant colors and through body construction, meaning the color goes all the way through the tile rather than the surface glaze application given to basic ceramic tile.
Porcelain Tile Is Superior To Traditional Tile
Because porcelain is pressed under higher pressure than other tiles, in the range of 6,000 pounds per square inch, it is more dense than ceramic tile. It is also fired at a temperature of 2200° F, while ceramic tile would be fired at 1800° F, providing a much lower rate of absorption. The international standard for porcelain tile states that for tile to qualify as Porcelain, it must have water absorption of 0.5% or less.
The water absorption rate for porcelain tile makes it suitable for interior and exterior applications in all climates. The water absorption rate of ceramic tile is usually greater than 3%, which means that it is less suitable for exterior applications such as balconies and driveways.
Please visit any of the Miami Carpet and Tiles stores in Fort Lauderdale, Deerfield Beach or Boca Raton to get first hand information regarding the benfits of porcelain tile.
Rectified Tile / Stone At Miami Carpet & Tile
While most people have never heard of "rectified" tile, those individuals in the Fort Lauderdale, Deerfield Beach, and Boca Raton, FL areas wanting to minimize grout lines have opted for rectified tiles.
Unlike your typical factory-edged tile, rectified tile has been cut to size after the firing process. This process creates a precise, 90 degree angle edge and, as a result, can be laid with a tighter grout joint than unrectified tile (as small as 1/16″). If you’re wanting a smooth, sophisticated and continuous look on your floor or walls, choose rectified tile.
While it is impossible to have "invisible" grout lines, rectified tile makes it possible to achieve the smallest grout lines since the rectified tiles as much more "square" in tolerance than traditional tiles. However, perfection in the manufacturing of tiles does increase the cost of the tile.
For a complete selection of RECTIFIED TILES visit any of the Miami Carpet and Tile stores in Fort Lauderdale, Deerfield Beach or Boca Raton, FLorida.