Usually selected by customers due to its versatile flooring style, Finish Build porcelain tiles add a shiny floor covering which are specially treated to make them impermeable to water and ingrained dirt. Nowadays, porcelain tiles are stronger than ordinary ceramic tiles. And last but not forgettable, its simplicity when it comes to maintenance is only one of the many features of porcelain look.
Porcelain tiles features are usually thicker and therefore heavier to handle than other ceramic tiles. For this reason, it is generally more expensive. Frequently specialized cements are necessary for installation of porcelain tiles. So, if you are thinking about remodel a bathroom for example, it might be wise to use a stronger adhesive to hold the weight on walls.
Continuing with the features of Finish build features, another goodness regarding ceramic and porcelain tiles is the flexible decorative aspects. Ceramic tiles are generally used to increase comfort such as kitchen areas, laundry spaces and also living room zones as well. Porcelain tiles have many endless possibilities because it matches with any pleasing to the eye furniture allowing original artwork. Wide selections of tiles are available at Finish Build online store. So, take your time to decide, our selection range between Africa, Amira, Antalya, Apolo, Asia, Bellagio, Chroma, Coti di sole, Crema de marfil, Dolomite, Hickory, Nutrend, Sonoma is waiting for you.
According to Build Direct a ceramic tile is a piece made of clay that is shaped and then it is basically cooked in a very hot kiln. In the past, the manufacture process of porcelain tiles was unglazed, afterwards was fired once glazed and fired twice. While technologies have improved the production, the process is remains the same. Therefore, the hard surface of a porcelain tile has a polishing cover which makes it a viable alternative to a glazed surface. This means that a tile can be fired, polish cut into the surface, creating a shine without a glaze. But is it the same concept to ceramic tiles?
In order to understand how porcelain tiles are made Finish Build proposes a brief description of how Porcelain tiles are made. The main ingredient would be clay. Producers usually choose a form of dust made out of pulverized rock, slate or marble.
The first firing forms a tile body which is known as a ‘bisque’. While in the past this would involve using wet clay, dust-pressing between two metal dies has replaced tile-making by hand and has facilitated the mechanization of the tile-making industry.
In this step, the tiles are fired at 1060 to 120 Celsius in a kiln in order to fix the shape. Different dust colors are mixed together during this step to make a pattern. For some tiles, this is the end of the process. But for others, a glazed decoration is added and fired in the kiln at 750 Celsius. Alternatively, digital printing on tile surfaces is also an option for more modern tiles, which is also sometimes cut by lasers to ensure a uniform edge.
When it comes to valuable looks such as porcelain and ceramic it is important to organize concepts, in this case both tiles are made of ceramic, which is a fired clay material. Porcelain tile is a specific type of ceramic, generally made by the dust pressed method from porcelain clays which result in a tile that is denser and more durable than ceramic tile. Glazed porcelain tiles are much harder and are more wear and damage resistant than non-porcelain ceramic tiles. Porcelain tiles are usually available in matte, unglazed or a high polished finish.
On the other hand, ceramic tiles are tiles are generally made from red or white clay mixtures. They are finished with a durable glaze which carries the color and pattern of the finished tile; although an assortment of tile dyes are used for coloring. They are used in both wall tile and floor tile applications and are softer and easier to cut than porcelain.
At Finish Build we have the opportunity to offer you a gamma of textures. The surface patterning on tiles can include wood, stone, metal, and even fabric. Most of these patterns, such as those replicating wood and fabric, are produced through transfer printing, where a pattern is pressed into the ceramic itself.
But if you are thinking on going industrial, metal patterns might be a good choice. However, these tiles are usually the result of glazing, where a metallic feature is added to the final firing process. While unglazed tiles show the color of the ceramic itself, glazed tiles can add a palette of colors and levels of reflection to your room. You might like to take into account the fact that tile edges style can also have an effect on the design of your tiled floor or wall. Cured tiles has gone through a manufacturing process to assure each tile is exactly the same size and shape, and therefore it is possible to lay them cleanly and carefully with very little extra fill products.
Depending on the project on mind, rectangular tiles can vary regarding. Square tiles are more commonly used in entranceways and sunrooms, or on backsplashes. Interlocking tile is popular on decks. At Finish Build store we offer products which have thickness around 10 mm (21), 8.3 mm (19), 8.5 mm (3), 9 mm (15), 9.2 mm (15), 9.5 mm (13), 9.6 mm (12). With plenty ceramic and porcelain tile options available to you, it is important to choose a style that will suit your home over the long term. What if we actually want to know if we are buying the correct for us?
According to the Porcelain Enamel Institute rating (PEI rating) tiles are classified with a PEI rating which is a great tool to help you determine the recommended application for a tile. All tiles are classified with a PEI rating and the scale is as follows:
PEI 0. Which is usually recommended to non-foot traffic areas, for example, a wall tile only project.
PEI 1. Corresponds to very light traffic areas such as bathroom.
PEI 2. Is for light traffic places (bathroom and bedroom)
PEI 3. Is the type for light and moderate traffic zones such as, home floors.
PEI 4. Moderate to heavy traffic, which is usually used to entrance, hallway, kitchen, balcony and some commercial applications)
PEI 5. Heavy traffic direct to all domestic/commercial uses with heavy abrasion/footfall.
Most ceramic floor tiles will carry a PEI rating from 3 to 4 with porcelain tiles ranging from PEI 3 to 5. Finish Build staff suggest regarding PEI 4 as you best option, because of its many uses and resilient features.
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