Whether you are building a new home or renovating your home, it is important to choose high quality materials that are durable, easy to clean and maintain, can withstand everyday wear and not only affordable, but also more hygienic than natural materials. . This luxurious looking material shines when it comes to stylish home interiors.
Porcelain is a type of ceramic made from refined clay, which is then baked at high temperatures making it very durable. It is a very versatile material that can be made to look like marble, granite, slabs, hardwood, limestone or any other natural material. While many may still be tempted to use marble in their kitchens, dining rooms and floors, the benefits of using porcelain far outweigh the benefits of marble. Marble is a more porous material which makes it easier to absorb stains and bacteria, making it less resistant to wear and less hygienic.
In the UAE, we have seen marble and porcelain that look like natural stone as the main trends in both residential and commercial designs. These elegant surfaces can be designed in any way to give a sleek, rich and clean look.
Excess Italian tiles, full-body, porcelain, of various thicknesses, allow the porcelain brands offered in Casamia to be installed in various design applications. Unlike other surfaces, these tiles are suitable for contact with food, which means that they are hygienic, resistant to stains and mold and easy to clean. Porcelain veneer is not affected by high temperatures, resistant to scratches, completely waterproof and resistant to UV rays and all types of weather. We have seen a noticeable increase from year to year since the beginning of the epidemic in porcelain sales. The main customer factors were; Flexibility in the face of weather and consumption conditions, affordability compared to marble and cleanliness – a new element in the interior design decision-making process.
Methany gives reasons why porcelain has become the favorite material for homes across the UAE:
The exceptional qualities of porcelain tiles to be resistant to water and sun damage, make it an ideal solution for covering surfaces that other materials do not fit. Historically, it was the preferred solution for exterior applications such as airy facades, swimming pools and courtyards. Commercial applications such as shopping malls, hospitals, restaurants and airports also prefer the material for its durability. Today, the excellent technical performance and aesthetics of porcelain tiles has made it possible to explore various applications such as desktops, furniture and home accessories.
Porcelain is a very strong surface that is not prone to potholes, stains and other damage that the daily life of the house can cause to natural marble, however, it can be produced with similar beauty, thanks to production techniques with paint. Unlike marble or granite, every porcelain tile is uniform. If you choose a marble look – one of the most popular styles of porcelain used today in kitchens and bathrooms – you will be able to follow the vein through a wide wall or a comfy closet with bookcase panels for a rich traditional look. .
When choosing porcelain for different areas of your home, one thing to keep in mind is the PEI hardness rating – the Porcelain Enamel Institute rating, which shows how strong a material is. For high-traffic areas such as kitchen and living room floors or hotel lobbies, it is best to consider porcelain with a PEI of four or five. Four desks are enough with a PEI rating of three or four, and a PEI rating of one or two for the walls.
Porcelain tiles are more economical than natural products and with a variety of designs available in the market, the buyer pays a fraction of the cost of real stone or wood by meeting the same aesthetic design requirements.
Viruses depend on humidity to stay alive and active. Because porcelain is inorganic, impermeable and waterproof, viruses cannot survive on the porcelain surface. Awareness of this information, along with its versatility and beauty, has made porcelain the best choice for high-end finishes this year. It is now being cited as one of the best choices, if not the material, to get involved in post-pandemic interior design projects.
Some manufacturers have done more when it comes to hygiene, in response to customer demand. For example, Laminam tablets use bio-active treatments when producing their products that give antibacterial and contaminant eliminating properties. It also has self-cleaning properties on exterior surfaces, which promotes the natural elimination of organic compounds due to the aggression of pollutants.
Moreover, according to Inist Industry Informational Whytile.com, ceramics have the lowest carbon footprint of any terrestrial material, the lowest potential for global warming, and the lowest depletion of fossil fuel resources.
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