People have been using porcelain to make tiles for many years, with their low water absorption levels making porcelain tiles ideal for use in bathrooms, wet rooms, kitchens and even swimming pools.
A good polish on the porcelain not only makes the tiles look better, but also decreases the water and stain absorption, ensuring they stay looking good for many years. A shiny porcelain tile can really add the wow factor to any room.
Porcelain tiles can even be made to look like wood or stone by texturing it before glazing, making it a highly versatile alternative to standard ceramic tiles.
It is important to seal a polished porcelain tile and, because they are heavier, a specialist, stickier cement is needed to fix them, particularly when using them on walls.
Much harder than a ceramic tile, porcelain tiles are often used on floors as they can withstand the wear and tear that comes from walking across them. But, because they are so hard, they can be more difficult to drill and cut, so fitting them could be more tricky and expensive.
However, it is well worth this extra effort, as porcelain tiles always look mightily impressive.