You can easily add a stylish look to any room by using Porcelain tiles. These tiles are not only highly prized because of their versatility but also are used for decorating both walls and floors. Porcelain floor tiles, however, are typically heavier, thicker and harder as compared to wall tiles. Besides that, porcelain tiles are used both indoors as well as outdoors and the most common outdoor areas are patios or near swimming pools.
Why do people prefer to use porcelain more than ceramic? The reason is porcelain tiles are much harder and stronger than ceramic tiles. All this is due to the process involved while firing and pressing raw materials to create tiles, which has got lower water absorption power. Therefore, porcelain tiles are more suitable for any kind of application.
However, consumers often consider porcelain tile is just a porcelain tile – as if all porcelain tiles are just the same but that is not true. There are a number of varieties of porcelain tiles, and if you know the differences between all of them then you can make your best choice for your specific application in your project, where you need porcelain tile.
Following are descriptions of 4 main types of Refin porcelain floor tiles, along with their few pros and cons too. This knowledge can certainly help you to make a better decision.
1. Full Body
- These are made with few numbers of selected materials which are pressed, blended and fired to obtain porcelain tiles.
- Grains and veins go all through the way
- Advantages – Suitable for any heavy commercial application due to better technical performance of the product.
- Disadvantages – You do not get an original color effect and gives repetitive look which does not give a natural look of any real type of stone.
2. Multiple Loading
- In this kind of porcelain, materials are pressed more than once
- Made with few numbers of colored materials without any glaze.
- There are 2 layers of these tiles- first with noble minerals for 1/4th of the thickness and the remaining 3/4th thickness are of simple fine stippled material.
- Same pros and cons like the above type of porcelain.
3. Standard & colored body glazed porcelain
- Clay and other such materials are blended and then pressed for creating the texture. Then the tiles are dried, decorated, and finally fired.
- Advantages – Appealing look and available at affordable prices
- Disadvantages – During structuring of tiles the detailing loses its definition due to the limitation of the technology while decorating any uneven surfaces, and also for any high-traffic areas they are not appropriate.
4. Twin Pressed
- Innovative technology is used with different colored minerals that are blended and then with “lightweight” press they are first pre-compacted
- You can have many aesthetic options, as any raw tile can get more decoration as compared to standard glazed porcelain
- Advantages – Non-repetitive look, highest technical performance, quite appealing, second pressing offers a 3D look and ideal for commercial and residential.
- Disadvantages – Priced little higher due to quality raw materials used and more refined process.
We hope this can help you to understand various types of porcelain tiles.
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