Porcelain tile can be a very difficult decorative element to work with. This is often due to size inconsistencies that come from the manufacturing process. Redecorators should look into rectified porcelain tile.
What is Rectified Porcelain Tile?
Also known as Dimensionally Stable Tile, this is a term used to describe porcelain tile that is consistent in its dimensions. This is due to the fact that sheets of porcelain are cut after being fired. Traditional tiles are cut prior to firing, often leading to inconsistent shrinking.
Pros of Rectified Porcelain Tile
Because rectified porcelain tile is more consistent in size, it is very easy to decorate with. Complicated tilework is more easily achieved with this type of tile. It is also easier to achieve thinner grout lines with rectified porcelain tile.
Like all porcelain tile, rectified porcelain tile can be easily cracked. Porcelain tile can be very expensive, as well. The rectification process will only add to this cost.
How to Install
Be wary of uneven floor---like with all tiling, even rectified porcelain tiles may show grout lines if your surface isn't even. Be sure to use a grout that can stand up to chemical cleaners. It may be useful to choose professional installation, as cutting tiles can prove to be difficult without the proper equipment.
Like all porcelain tiles, rectified porcelain tiles are very easy to care for. Be sure to ask your installer or supplier about chemical cleaners. Cleaning will also depend on the type of grout used as well.
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