What are Ceramic Tiles?
Ceramic tiles are one of the most popular materials used in the home but what exactly are they? Here’s everything that you might have wanted to know.
Definition of a Ceramic Tile
The simplest definition of a ceramic tile is simply any tile that is made from a ceramic material such as earthenware or porcelain. Indeed, they are made from a mix of clays, sand and other natural products. The tiles are produced when the products are combined and moulded into shape and then fired at a high temperature (up to 1250 degrees Celsius) in a kiln.
Ceramic tiles can be either glazed or unglazed. Unglazed tiles are more porous than a glazed tile. Be aware that patterned ceramic tiles are often created by putting the pattern in the glazing. This means that if the tile chips, you will see the base material, and the pattern will be interrupted.
The Difference between Ceramic and Porcelain Tiles
While a porcelain tile is technically a type of ceramic tile, there is a difference between porcelain and ceramic. Porcelain tiles are made from a more refined material and fired at a higher temperature to other ceramic tiles and thus they are harder and more durable. The pattern in a porcelain tile will also go the whole way through the tile, unlike a patterned ceramic tile where the pattern is found in the glaze. Porcelain tiles are also more water resistant than other types of ceramic tiles.
Where Can Ceramic Tiles Be Used?
Ceramic tiles are incredibly versatile and they can be used just about anywhere in the home, indoors or outdoors. They are very popular as both wall and flooring tiles and you can even use them for benchtops or splashbacks if you wish. For safety, you can have the tiles finished with a non slip product or you can choose a tile that is textured rather than completely smooth.
Ceramic tiles can be used in literally any style of home as they are available in a practically endless range of colours, patterns, and sizes. You have the choice of large format ceramic tiles for your floor, right through to tiny mosaic tiles that you can use on either walls or floors. Create an ultra modern theme or go country or Edwardian. It really is up to you!
If you are interested in tiling your home with affordable and high quality ceramic tiles then visit the Nerang Tiles award winning showroom on the Gold Coast. Nerang Tiles has a large range of discounted and cheap ceramic tiles perfect for home renovations and high quality porcelain tiles to achieve your design aspirations.
Article Credit: Jaclyn Fitzgerald from home improvement pages