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  • Alston Cheng posted an update 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    If you’re planning to re-tile your bathrooms or kitchen then one of the main factors affecting which tiles you decide on is the place they appear; is it the proper colour, texture and size to create the feel and appear that you will be after? And, obviously, can they fit with your budget plus your design ideas?

    But there is more to a wall or porcelain tile than the way they appear and feel; regardless how beautiful a tile may look it will not be suitable if it doesn’t are eligible of the installation. As an example, if you are planning to make use of flooring in a wet-room is it slip resistant? Safety should invariably be a consideration when tiling the bottom.

    Firstly, what are the tiles made from? It isn’t uncommon for people to refer to all wall and flooring that are not made from gemstone as "ceramic". And whilst, technically, this might be true there’s a big difference involving the manufacturing processes for traditional ceramic tiles and the more technologically advanced processes for making porcelain tiles.

    There’s confusion with all the terminology because both forms of tile are manufactured from clay or from the clay mixture but that’s the location where the similarity ends because the different manufacturing processes produce a quite different end result. There’s a marked difference between just how much stronger, more hard-wearing and more frost resistant a porcelain tile is than the porcelain tile.

    To generate a porcelain tile a combination of clay and water is formed in to a tile, that is then fired inside a kiln. A glaze will then be applied to the outer lining to create the required 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 designed by mixing the clay with coloured minerals and finely milling it. The shaped tile is then produced by pressing a combination into moulds under questionable. The kiln firing is then done with an higher than normal temperature and this process results in a dense and incredibly strong tile. Some porcelain tiles are glazed in the same way as ceramic tiles but some are actually "full-bodied" meaning they’ve the color and pattern running throughout the tile as opposed to just like a surface layer at the top. The main advantage of an entire bodied tile is always that any chips or injury 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 less difficult more durable than their ceramic cousins.

    An additional advantage of using porcelain tiles in your home is they may also be highly waterproof so might be perfect for today’s modern wet-room style bathrooms. The fact that they may be waterproof does mean that they’re highly frost-resistant so some types are suitable for use outdoors; but do check this with the supplier as some types aren’t. Most porcelain tiles will probably be graded for the most suitable type of use so ensure that you check the PEI rating on any tiles you are considering buying: 0 ensures they are probably the most fragile in support of suitable as wall tiles and 5 means they are suitable as ceramic tiles in the residential and commercial settings.

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