Porcelain Tile, Can You Tell The Difference?

17 Jun Porcelain Tile, Can You Tell The Difference?

Have you ever wondered how they do it? Why do some products like porcelain tile look so real? These products are actually made by fusing a photograph of the real material (like stone or wood for instance), which is printed on paper, and then sandwiched in-between layers of the porcelain and the top layer which is a plastic. You may notice sometimes, that you can pick up the pattern two rows over which looks identical? This may be because there are only about 9 different photos being used. The better manufacturers will use as many as 30 different photos, making it much harder to detect repetition.  The one in this photo for instance, is from Arizona Tile and mimics Calacatta Gold Marble from Italy.  It is actually a porcelain tile called Sculptur.

Porcelain is one of the most durable materials you can use in your home. It is impervious to moisture, inexpensive compared to ceramic tile, resists scratching and makes it a great application where there are children and pets.