Is Porcelain cladding Waterproof?

For something to be classed as waterproof it must be completely impervious to water. In other words, it should be tightly sealed and impenetrable to even moisture. This definition of waterproof means most things aren’t actually waterproof but instead they are water-resistant. Water-resistant simply means a product meets a certain level of being waterproof but is not completely waterproof.

Porcelain cladding is water-resistant. If it was underwater for long enough, then water would eventually get through. However, porcelain is highly water-resistant. Porcelain is more water-resistant than most materials used for similar projects.

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Is Porcelain cladding Waterproof?

For something to be classed as waterproof it must be completely impervious to water. In other words, it should be tightly sealed and impenetrable to even moisture. This definition of waterproof means most things aren’t actually waterproof but instead they are water-resistant. Water-resistant simply means a product meets a certain level of being waterproof but is not completely waterproof.

Porcelain cladding is water-resistant. If it was underwater for long enough, then water would eventually get through. However, porcelain is highly water-resistant. Porcelain is more water-resistant than most materials used for similar projects.

When deciding which cladding to use, water resistance is an important factor to think about. After all rain and other sources of water will be in constant contact with the porcelain cladding. To determine water resistance a material is given a rating that is based on the speed it absorbs water. A material that is extremely dense will absorb much less water. In some cases, like porcelain, it will absorb virtually no water. Porcelain is the best choice as it has the highest water resistance due its low absorption rate. Let’s explain this in more detail.

 

One independent organization that measures certain properties of various materials is called the ANSI or the American National Standards Institute. They are a non-profit organization that amongst other things check the density of porcelain tile. To check the tile’s density it tests its permeability when exposed to water. The tile is boiled in water and its weight is measured after boiling and compared with its weight prior to boiling, i.e when it was dry. Testing the water absorption rate in this way will show how much moisture a particular type of tile can absorb on a continual basis.

 

Once you know how dense a tile is, you will be able to determine its water resistance. The ANSI rating system has 4 categories to compare water absorption rates. They are:

 

  1. Low density: A low density material has a water absorption rate of more than 7%. Indoor use only.
  2. Medium density: For medium density materials there is a water absorption rate of between 3% and 7%. Indoor use only.
  3. High density: Materials that are deemed to be high density have a water absorption rate of between .5% and 3%. Suitable for indoor and outdoor use.
  4. Extremely dense: Extremely dense materials have a water absorption rate of .5% or less. Materials that are extremely dense are suitable for use anywhere. This is the category that includes porcelain.

 

Other types of tile such as natural stone also have water resistance properties but this is often because of the added sealant. For many other materials, a sealant is required to provide long-term protection.

 

However, as porcelain is made using a process of firing in a kiln it has a glaze that stops water getting through its surface. Porcelain is made using a mix of materials including clay, sand, and water. During the process of making porcelain the mixture is put into a dryer. This step removes part of the water from the mix. After drying the mix is now moulded into shape. The tiles are then dried again and glazed. After glazing, the porcelain is baked at extremely high temperatures in a kiln. Baking the porcelain in a kiln for a long time removes any remaining moisture. Another benefit of baking for a long period is that it makes the porcelain tile extremely dense and hard-wearing.

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Where Can I Buy Porcelain Cladding And How Much Does It Cost?

The best place to buy porcelain cladding is right here at Dalply. We offer the best possible prices and can tailor any order to your exact specifications.

Fill out the form below with your details and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible to give you a free, no obligation quote. Or you can phone us right now on: 0131 564 0402.

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Where Can I Buy Porcelain Cladding And How Much Does It Cost?

The best place to buy porcelain cladding is right here at Dalply. We offer the best possible prices and can tailor any order to your exact specifications.

Fill out the form below with your details and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible to give you a free, no obligation quote. Or you can phone us right now on: 0131 564 0402.

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