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Unread 09-03-2006, 10:28 PM   #1
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Lowe's unglazed porcelain tile

I saw some unglazed porcelain tile made by Del Conca sold at Lowes with
a wear rating of grade 5. It is about half the price of anything comparable
in a tile store. Any feelings on glazed vs unglazed porcelain tile? Does the
unglazed need to be sealed? How do you feel about purchasing from Lowes?
Is it first quality? Anyone used this tile before and have feedback?
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Unread 09-03-2006, 10:34 PM   #2
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Porcelain doesn't need to be sealed. If that was a PEI 5 rating, that is a very wear resistant tile often rated for commercial use, but works fine for a home. Very tough stuff. Hard to say on the quality...if you can, take a half dozen tiles, lay them out and check for flatness, square, and consistent sizing. If the box says they are recitified, then they should be very close to being the same. Rectified is needed if you want very small grout lines, but otherwise, may not be a big deal, just depends. Flatness, though and consistent thickness is much more important to make it easy to lay without lippage.
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Unread 09-03-2006, 10:39 PM   #3
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You may already know this but keep in mind that that stuff is very tough to cut and drill though.
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Unread 09-03-2006, 11:11 PM   #4
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i'm currently installing some porcelain some lowes. i'll have to check on name/manufacturer, not sure right now.

i'm not totally impressed with the stuff. some of it is off. i'm really anal about that stuff too so it ticks me off. oh well.

for the price it's definitely worth it...just can't mind the off tile every now and then.
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Unread 09-04-2006, 12:41 AM   #5
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Hi Carrie, welcome to the forum.

You can't make a blanket statement on the quality of tile from the big box stores. It certainly varies a great deal from what I've seen. Check the tiles for flatness and size consistency.

Is the surface of your unglazed porcelain tile polished at all? If there are shiny areas to the surface from being polished, they may benefit from sealing them. But not many tiles are polished, so not many porcelains can benefit from sealing.
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The last tiles I used were from Lowes and made by Del Conca. They were glazed however, but I thought they were great, and cheap too.
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