If you are going to invest in new flooring for a home or business, you will of course want to know how long your new floor is going to last. After all the time you spent weighing your options, executing decisions, and overseeing the installation of your floor, the last thing you want is to have to repeat the whole process in a few years. Good news! If you’ve chosen porcelain tiles for your flooring needs, your tile floor can last for decades.
Porcelain tile is one of the longest lasting flooring options available on the market today. One way to check the durability of your tile is to look for a PEI rating. PEI stands for “Porcelain Enamel Institute.” The PEI ratings can help you judge the strength and durability of the tile. For instance, most residential tile only needs a PEI of 3. A PEI of 4 or 5 is good for moderate to very heavy foot traffic, and tile used in commercial properties should always be 4 or higher.
When it Comes to Helping Your Porcelain Tile Last, Installation Matters!
Porcelain is a heavy, thick material, and installation should be left to the experts. A poor installation could lead to problems down the road, requiring you to replace your flooring sooner than you expected. Professional installation will ensure your porcelain tile lasts as long as possible.
Porcelain tile will not require any special maintenance in order to maintain its durability. Porcelain tiles are a breeze to clean, and they are naturally resistant to water and stains. It does not require any special waxing or sealing or treatments, as hardwood and other flooring can.
It is not easy to damage porcelain tiles, but, should the unthinkable occur, individual tiles can be replaced without damaging the rest of your floor. Should a heavy object fall hard enough to crack a porcelain tile, you can have it professionally replaced without affecting the rest of your floor or wall. A good tip is to buy a few extra tiles when you purchase your original flooring. This way, should you ever have to replace any porcelain tiles, you will already have the exact same shape, style, and color tiles to replace the broken ones seamlessly. But, again, leave the installation of the replacement tiles to the experts to ensure no damage is done to your flooring.
Given its superior durability, porcelain is an incredible investment. If you’ve chosen porcelain tile for your project, you can relax knowing that with simple cleaning, your porcelain tiles could last as much as 50 years or more!
If you are considering porcelain tile flooring, talk with our tile experts at JC Floors Plus. We pride ourselves on having the answers to your questions, and we are confident we can guide you to the perfect flooring solution for your project. You can visit us at either of our two Florida showroom locations, or call us at:
Lauderdale Lakes Flooring Store – 954-735-4005
Pompano Beach Flooring Store – 754-205-6196