Porcelain is a type of ceramic that is characterized by being stronger, harder, purer, and more water resistant than these already durable materials. This inherent versatility gives it the ability to provide a number of benefits in a variety of architectural surface covering applications. However, as with all flooring options there are both advantages and disadvantages to its use.
Tile provides almost infinite style and decorating variety. There's practically an endless range of styles available and the ability to combine them within a floor plan offers even wider design options. Tile is durable, long-lasting and works well with in-floor radiant heating systems.
Grout lines can trap dirt and/or stain and can also be a hindrance to wheelchairs and wheeled walkers
Low maintenance requirements (sweeping and damp mopping)
Hard surface can break dropped items and be uncomfortable to stand on for long periods of time (non-resilient)
Works well with radiant floor heating systems
Glossy and smooth tile surfaces (as opposed to matte finishes) are slippery either wet or dry and present a slipping hazard
Resistant to stains and wear and won't fade, burn or melt
More easily repaired than other floor types (individual tiles can be replaced)
Porcelain tiles can be somewhat pricey, and these materials often outpace already expensive standard ceramic options. This is increased by the cost of installation, which can add 25% - 50% to the total cost depending on the location, and specifics of the project. However floors can last for decades, paying off the initial investment over time.
Won't dent or scratch like wood can or develop impressions like resilient flooring.