You’ve just finished landscaping your garden, maybe created a patio for dining and entertaining, and you’ve laid down porcelain tiling. Now you’re wondering what the lifespan of porcelain tiles is. We’ll aim to shed some light onto that topic in this blog post!
It’s important to note that porcelain tiling will normally last much longer than natural stone. This is due to a number of factors such as how dense porcelain is, which protects it from the elements better than natural stone. Also, because porcelain is made of a compound of materials that are vitrified – melted and cooked – together, the end product is much more resistant to damage. It is the hardest and strongest tile available commercially.
The next thing to note is that porcelain tiling comes in tiered classes, called PEI (Porcelain Enamel Institute) abrasion ratings. The classes come in 0-5 ratings and the higher the rating, the harder and more sturdy the tiling, so the better they will be for floor areas with high footfall. This is obviously a good guideline for the longevity of the porcelain tiling you install.
Tiling with a PEI rating of 4-5 will last at least 80 years, which is pretty much a lifetime guarantee. The lower the rating, the shorter it will last, down to an absolute minimum in high-traffic areas of 20 years with a PEI 0 tile. When your floor tiling is laid down, the tiler should go through this with you so that you only select high rated tiles, so this would normally be nothing to worry about! The only time this will become an issue is if you have bought tiling without consulting a professional tiler first.
On the topic of a tiler, it is always better to have your tiles laid down by a professional, due to both the aesthetic of the tiling and its longevity. A professional tiler will lay the tiling down flush so that no gaps are present which could cause the elements to damage the tiles. They will also pay special attention to the sub floor and backer boards, which will ensure the expansion and contraction of materials surrounding the tiling won’t damage them.
You can also help porcelain tiling last longer by taking a few maintenance steps. While the porcelain tiles themselves are completely non-porous, the grout between tiles isn’t, so applying sealant to the grout will ensure that the elements don’t harm the grout, which will have an effect on the surrounding tiling.
The last thing to bear in mind is whether the tiling has an added colour or design. If it has, then it will be a glazed tile, rather than a through-bodied tile. This means an extra layer of glaze has been applied to the tile. This layer can wear off after a while, but that process will take years, however the glaze fading will not damage the underlying tile. If the tile is through-bodied, then this fading effect won’t occur.
All in all, porcelain is the most cost-effective tiling to use due to how long-lasting the material is. Not only is the material fairly good value for money, but you also won’t have to worry about replacing all the tiling after 15 years. By the time you’d need an opportunity to think about replacing the tiling, you would have already come up with a re-design for your space and flooring! We believe that porcelain tiling is the best option for any floor tiling you’d need, whether it’s indoors or outdoors.
Porcelain tiles can transform your out door living area and are long lasting if you choose the right suppliers.