What kinds of tiles are there?
Tiles make a great choice when it comes to covering types of tiles and walls they’re fashionable, durable, and in general, pretty easy to clean. In the past, we’ve been prone to think that tiles were purely for kitchens and bathrooms. But these days we’re following in the footsteps of our continental tiled counterparts and using them everywhere. It’s not easy to choose the right tile given the sheer amount of variety. Tiles are available in a variety of dimensions, shapes, and colors and they’re not all the same. We will explain what each kind of tile has to offer and the differences between them.
You are likely thinking of ceramic types of tiles when you think about tiles. It’s not surprising – they’re all around us! You’ll find examples almost anywhere you go, from the antique Victorian tiles at your local bar, to the famous metro tiles found on the London Underground and the crackled wall tiles on the kitchen backsplash. Ceramic tiles have been manufactured over the years, and in essence, the process is the same. The ceramic tiles are created out of red clay or white clay and feature a beautiful glaze on their surface. They are then baked with the highest temperatures in a kiln to bond the glaze to their body.
Ceramic types of tiles are durable and easy to clean. They’re a good option for splashbacks as well as bathroom walls where there are likely to be a splash of soap, shampoos, and sauces. They’re generally smaller than other kinds of tiles that make them a good choice for a little DIY job. It’s a popular misconception that ceramic tiles can’t be used on floors. Balderdash! Although porcelain tiles are becoming a more popular choice these days, ceramic tiles still make the perfect flooring choice in your home. While they aren’t as durable, they are available in a range of funky shapes and gorgeous styles that are at the forefront of design – take a look at our Seville Persian Blue or Heritage Star designs and try them out for yourself. They’re perfect for walls, splashbacks, and floors within your home.
There’s a bit of confusion regarding what a porcelain tile actually is therefore let’s begin by clearing the confusion. A porcelain tile is nearly waterproof due to its 0.5% absorption rate for water. They’re made of finer clays and fired at higher temperatures, making them extremely tough and durable. This means that porcelain tiles can be put on almost every surface at home, as well as busy commercial floors. Porcelain tiles fall into two categories: glazed or unglazed porcelain tiles.