Reese Parker posted an update 1 year, 9 months ago
If you’re planning to re-tile your bathrooms or kitchen the other from the main factors affecting which tiles you select is when they are; could they be the proper colour, texture and size to make the look and feel that you’re after? And, of course, will they match your financial allowance as well as your design ideas?
But there’s more with a wall or floor tile than how they look and feel; regardless of how beautiful a tile may appear furthermore it will be suitable if it doesn’t meet the requirements of the installation. As an example, if you plan to make use of floor tiles in the wet-room is it slip resistant? Safety ought to always be an option when tiling a floor.
Firstly, what are the tiles made from? It isn’t uncommon for people to reference all wall and ceramic tiles which are not produced from natural stone as "ceramic". And while, technically, this may be true there exists a big difference between the manufacturing systems for traditional ceramic tiles as well as the more technologically advanced approaches for making porcelain tiles.
There is certainly confusion using the terminology because both kinds of tile are made from clay or from your clay mixture that is where the similarity ends because the different manufacturing processes produce a quite different result. There exists a marked difference between simply how much stronger, more hard-wearing plus more frost resistant a tile is compared to a ceramic tile.
To generate a porcelain tile a combination of clay and water is shaped into a tile, which is then fired inside a kiln. A glaze will then be put on the surface to produce the desired colour. Whilst not as strong or hard-wearing as porcelain tiles they are still perfectly fitted to domestic installations and also for tiling walls.
Porcelain tiles on the other half had are produced by mixing the clay with coloured minerals and finely milling it. The shaped tile is then created by pressing the mix into moulds under high pressure. The kiln firing will then be done in an extremely high temperature which process results in a dense and very strong tile. Some porcelain tiles are glazed in the same manner as ceramic tiles but many are now "full-bodied" which suggests they have the color and pattern running through the entire tile rather than just as a surface layer on the top. The advantage of a full bodied tile is always that any chips or damage to the tile will be less noticeable as the chip is not going to reveal a clay coloured base layer. But even glazed porcelain tiles are much more durable than their ceramic cousins.
Another advantage of utilizing porcelain tiles in your home is that they will also be highly waterproof so might be ideal for today’s modern wet-room style bathrooms. The fact that they’re waterproof also means that they’re highly frost-resistant so particular kinds are compatible with use outdoors; but do check this with the supplier as some types are not. Most porcelain tiles will be graded for suitable type of use so ensure that you look into the PEI rating on any tiles you are considering buying: 0 ensures they are one of the most fragile in support of suitable as wall tiles and 5 ensures they are suitable as flooring both in commercial and residential settings.
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