Unlike some other floor choices, like carpet, Tiles are more Hygienic and almost always selected as a preference for those with allergies.
But, with so much choice available, how do you know which product to choose and why?
Before selecting tiles for your home, it’s important to learn the difference in materials and finishes to ensure that your tile choices work best for you.
Some products work best in certain areas, there are various factors needing to be considered prior to making choices and it’s always great to be informed before selecting Tiles.
Ceramic Tiles are made of natural clay material that have been mixed together, which generally is the most cost effective of all products due to the relatively inexpensive material used. Ceramic Tiles are available in either a gloss or matt finish. During manufacturing, one side of the tile is glazed, and the reverse side is fired under extreme heat to create a strong and resistant product.
Porcelain tiles are in essence, a form of ceramic tile. The difference lays in the manufacturing and firing process, resulting in Porcelain tiles being denser and a less porous product when compared to Ceramic. Porcelain has many surface finish variations, including Polished, Semi-Polished, Glazed, Matt and Natural porcelain, as well as External Rock or Structured finishes.
Lappato Finnish Tiles:
This gives the client the best of both worlds by way of a Semi-Polished look and mixtures of both Matt and Polished Finishes, available in both Porcelain and Glazed Porcelain products.
Glass tiles are generally found as decorative mosaic feature tiles, and in recent years have become very popular as feature walls or feature strips.
Another popular Mosaic, particularly as Feature tiles, Marble Mosaics are available in various finishes including Polished, Natural and Honed.
Ceramic Mosaic Tiles:
Mosaic Tiles are generally used for Floors, Swimming Pools, Commercial Applications and Restoration Work.
A rectified tile is a tile that has been cut after the production process, giving it a straight edge. The downside to using Rectified tiles is that if the substrate being laid onto, is bowed or not straight, the tiles rectified edge will enhance the irregularity of the substrate and will lose its seamless effect.