By Cosette Roux. Shower Doors. Published at Tuesday, May 08th, 2018 - 20:11:58 PM.
Introduction. If you are considering adding a tile shower or renovating an existing one there are many additional options to choose from than the ordinary porcelain or ceramic wall tile we're all familiar with in‐conjunction with different ways to install them beyond the ordinary grid pattern seen in so many bathrooms. Many of your options would involve newer materials that you may not be aware of while other options involve style variations you may not be familiar with.
We´ll also mention some tile manufacturers that could be helpful sources in your search for a truly exciting shower treatment. Natural Stone. Conventional ceramic or porcelain tiles are fine for showers but don‵t overlook the possibility of using a natural quarried stone product. While considerably more expensive than conventional tile natural stone give a truly luxury look to your house.
One good source of both information with products is Arizona Tile. Arizona Prairie–Series Porcelain. Porcelain tiles could be manufactured to imitate natural stone at a much lower cost. This porcelain tile looks very much like a natural slate material. Some homeowners utilize the terms "porcelain" with “ceramic” interchangeably but there is a distinct difference.
Although both made of clay particles porcelains consist of ultra_fine clay particles fired at extra‐hot temperatures which forms a hard glassy surface. Arizona Sculptor Line. Porcelain tile could also mimic veined natural "stone" such as marble or limestone. Only close examination or an expert‘s eye would tell you that this isn’t a natural marble product.
Porcelain facsimiles of natural stone offer several advantages. Because they are manufactured under controlled circumstances a marble―lookalike porcelain could maintain uniformity throughout the tiles. With natural marble you are sometimes at the clemency of natural variations in the quarried stock of marble. Also because marbles are often shipped from overseas locations such as Italy the shipping costs greatly increase the overall cost of the products.
Designer porcelains while more costly than standard ceramic tiles are much less pricey than true marble. Porcelain Mimicking Marble. Here is another specimen of vitreous porcelain tiles standing in for marble. A major advantage of porcelain (in addition to expense) is ease of maintenance. Marble is tough to maintain in such high‐moisture environments. That`s not to say you cannot utilize natural stones in the shower. You could but it requires a greater outlay of money for installers adept at stonework as well as stone′s continued maintenance.
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