FAQWhat are ceramic tiles made from?
Ceramic tiles are made from clay that is heated to very high temperatures in a kiln. This process of “firing” the clay hardens it, creating a material that is useful for all kinds of applications.
What is the difference between glazed and unglazed tile?
When it comes to ceramic tile, there are two basic types: glazed and unglazed tile. Glazed tile has a non-porous coating added to the tile after it has been fired. Unglazed tiles have no additional coating. Because of their non-porous surfaces, glazed tiles work well in kitchens and baths. They are also popular because glazing presents options for a variety of patterns and colors. Unglazed tiles tend to be a bit more durable and are great for a variety of interior and exterior uses.
What makes porcelain tile different from ceramic tile?
All ceramic tiles are made from clay and kiln-fired. Porcelain clay, when fired at higher temperatures, creates a tile that is more durable and more moisture-resistant than other ceramic tiles. The low porosity makes them ideal for both indoor and outdoor application as they are frost proof. When used outdoor we raccomend to buy tiles with a rougher surface and an anti-slip certification. Please get in touch for more informations about our outdoor selection.
We don`t raccomend using a ceramic tile on floors but only for wall applications, ceramic tiles can achieve better results in terms of brightness and designs but are not suitable for foot traffic.
Porcelain tiles can be used on wall or floor applications, the latest digital inkjet technologies deliver High definitions design without compromising on the tile`s strength
What is the difference between ceramic and porcelain tile?
The difference between ceramic and porcelain is in the raw materials, production process and technical characteristics. Once the raw material has been pressed, it is cooked at high temperatures in the kiln (oven) which gives tile its hard packed and durable body.
Porcelain is made with slightly different raw materials, which allows for the tile to be pressed at a higher pressure than normal ceramic tiles. This added pressure allows porcelain tile to be slightly denser and more durable and perfect for both floor and wall applications.Due to these characteristics’ porcelain is waterproof and can be installed anywhere in your home or business, even outdoors!
Ceramic tiles are not pressed at as high of pressure but are still very durable and care more suitable for wall applications, Ceramic surface is water resistant, but not recommended for outdoor because of it`s support porosity and water absortion.
What is the porosity of a tile?
The porosity of a ceramic tile or a porcelain tile is the water absorption of the material. When choosing a tile, it is important to pay attention to the ratings that measure the percentage of water absorbed (porosity). Porous tile should not be used outdoors where cold weather produces freeze/thaw cycles.
What is the difference between rectified and pressed edge tile?
A "Pressed" edge has a nice rounded edge. It is recommended to not install pressed edge tile with less than a 3mm grout line.
A "rectified" edge means the edges of the tile have been cut to ensure every tile is the same exact size, this also allows to install using a very narrow grout line (2mm) It is important to know that the rectified installation is a more challenging installation because the floor must be flat and there is very little room for variation.
Installations and recomandations
of course,We do reccomend to contact and discuss the application process with a professional tiler but our recommendations for tile installation include the following points:
-Check the caliber, tone and quality of the product before installation.
-Choose appropriate installation tools (notched trowel, rubber hammer, suction grip and rubber trowel for grouting).
-Ensure that the surface on which the material is to be laid is level, clean and insulated from moisture.
-Pay special attention to the type of adhesive to be used (consult the adhesive supplier), since each type of tile requires the appropriate adhesive.
-Your installation professional should choose the appropriate size joint between pieces in order to guarantee the correct absorption of structural movements, and in consideration of dimensional tolerances of the product.
-Clean off excess grout from the surface of the tiles while it is still fresh, using a sponge and clean water; never use hard materials that could scratch the tiles, such as metal spatulas or abrasive scourers. Always follow the recommendations given by the adhesive manufacturer.
-Once the tiles are laid, avoid working in the tiled zone (plastering, painting, placing scaffolds/ladders, projecting metallic fragments from disc grinders, moving tools, dragging heavy objects, moving debris from abrasive building materials, etc). If this cannot be avoided, always protect the tiles and joints to prevent cleaning problems or deterioration.
Where can I install tile?
Ceramic tiles can be installed almost anywhere. They can be used both indoors and out and are appropriate for installations at, above or below grade (ground-level). They are frequent choices for kitchens and baths because they are durable and moisture-resistant.
Can I use floor tile on the wall?
Yes, you can use floor tiles on walls. Exterior applications require special precautions and installation methods. Please check with your installer or contact us for application recommendations.
To make our customer`s life easier we have divided our items per applications
Can I use wall tile on the floor?
In most cases it is not suitable to use wall tiles on the floor. Please check with your installer or contact us for application recommendations.