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How Are Porcelain and Ceramic Tiles Different?

  • Should you be considering to re-tile your bathrooms or kitchen and another of the main factors affecting which tiles you choose is when they look; could they be the right colour, texture and size to create the look and feel that you're after? And, of course, will they fit with your financial budget along with your design ideas?


    But there's more to a wall or ceramic tile than how they look and feel; no matter how beautiful a tile may appear furthermore it will be suitable if it doesn't qualify of the installation. For instance, if you plan to use ceramic tiles in the wet-room are they slip resistant? Safety should always be considered when tiling the ground.

    Firstly, do you know the tiles made of? It isn't uncommon for people to reference all wall and floor tiles that aren't created from gemstone as "ceramic". Whilst, technically, this might be true there is a massive difference between the manufacturing systems for traditional ceramic tiles and the more technologically advanced processes for making porcelain tiles.

    There's confusion with the terminology because both types of tile are made from clay or from a clay mixture but that is in which the similarity ends since the different manufacturing processes create a quite different end product. There's a marked difference between just how much stronger, more hard-wearing and more frost resistant a tile is compared to a tile.

    To make a porcelain tile a combination of clay and water is shaped into a tile, that is then fired in the kiln. A glaze will be applied to the top to produce the desired colour. Without as strong or hard-wearing as porcelain tiles they may be still perfectly suited 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 produced by pressing the mixture into moulds under ruthless. The kiln firing is then done in an higher than normal temperature and also this process generates a dense and extremely strong tile. Some porcelain tiles are glazed in the same way as ceramic tiles but many have become "full-bodied" meaning they've along with and pattern running through the tile rather than just like a surface layer on top. The advantage of an entire bodied tile is that any chips or damage to the tile is going to be less noticeable as the chip will not reveal a clay coloured base layer. But even glazed porcelain tiles less difficult tougher than their ceramic cousins.

    An additional of utilizing porcelain tiles in your home is because they will also be highly waterproof so are perfect for today's modern wet-room style bathrooms. The fact they're waterproof also means that they are highly frost-resistant so specific kinds are suitable for use outdoors; but do check this with all the supplier as particular kinds are not. Most porcelain tiles will probably be graded for suitable form of use so make sure to check the PEI rating on any tiles you are considering buying: 0 means they are one of the most fragile and just suitable as wall tiles and 5 ensures they are suitable as floor tiles in both residential and commercial settings.
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