Types of Tiles
There are many different types of tiles that work best for different spaces, areas and uses.
A ceramic tile is generally only used these days on wall applications only. It is a softer lighter material than porcelain, and not as dense either. That’s why I only recommend ceramic tiles on walls.
A porcelain tiles if a much denser material. They have been fired up at a much higher temperature and are more compressed. This makes it suitable for both floor & wall applications.
VITRIFIED / NON VITRIFIED
A vitrified tile isn’t porous, and does not absorb water…suitable for all indoor and outdoor applications.
A non-vitrified tile is considered non-vitreous when water absorption exceeds 7%. These types of tiles require sealing…
This means that the body which is under the glaze of the tile has a continuous colour right through. Therefore if the tile is chipped this will be less visible. Suitable for all indoor and outdoor applications
A Glazed tile is covered via a surface that is fired and strongly bounded to a porcelain or ceramic tile. This enables the surface to become hard and non porous as well as stain and fire resistant. This makes cleaning so easy. Suitable for indoor and outdoor.
RECTIFIED/ NON RECTIFIED
This is a question always asked. So what is a rectified tile? Rectified means the tile has been mechanically cut to give each and every tile a nice straight edge and precise size.
A NON rectified tile is a pressed edge. Also known as cushioned edge. Manufactured using a standard press process in mould that gives you a slight curved edge.
Advantage of a rectified tile is that you can have a much smaller grout joint…versus non rectified which is easier to lay if walls are not straight. However a larger grout joint is needed in the laying process. Suitable for all indoor & outdoor applications
DIGITAL INKJET PRINTED
This is where a tile can look like natural stone or timber. During its manufacturing process by using an inject printer that transfers onto porcelain or ceramic tiles, having them look as close to the real thing as possible. The benefits of using a tile instead of actual timber or natural stone is that its non porous, low-maintenance, durable and simply easy to clean. Suitable for all indoor and outdoor applications.
Is a natural earth product that has been used for thousands of years as building materials. To name a few we have Travertine, Limestone, Marble, Slate, Granite & Sandstone.
When purchasing a natural stone it is important to note that these are natural products therefore variation in colour and veining must be expected. This should always be taken into consideration when selecting your stone and will eliminate any surprises down the track.
Another very important factor is that Natural Stone needs to be sealed to eliminate any stains absorbing into the stone. Suitable for all indoor & outdoor applications…