Tile and marble contractor, Bathroom remodeling,
Bathroom renovations, Repairs, West Palm Beach, Martin County & Port Saint Lucie Florida.
Lic. info: U-12504
/SPL046241 / PSL046241
What is the difference between standard “ceramic” tiles and porcelain tiles?
Tile terminology can be confusing. Most types of tiles that are made from clay or a mixture of clay
and other materials, then kiln-fired, are considered to be a part of the larger classification called “Ceramic Tiles”.
These tiles can be split into two groups, porcelain tiles and non-porcelain tiles. These non-porcelain tiles are frequently
referred to as ceramic tiles by themselves, separate from porcelain tiles.
“Ceramic” or non-porcelain tiles are generally made from red or white clay fired
in a kiln. They are almost always finished with a durable glaze which carries the color and pattern. These tiles are used
in both wall tile and floor tile applications, are softer and easier to cut than porcelain, and usually carry a PEI 0 to 3
rating. Non-porcelain ceramic tiles are usually suitable for very light to moderate traffic and generally have a relatively
high water absorption rating making them less frost resistant and they are more prone to wear and chipping than porcelain
tile is a tile that is generally made by the dust pressed method from porcelain clays which result in a tile that
is dense, impervious, fine grained and smooth, with a sharply formed face. Porcelain tiles usually have a much lower water
absorption rate (less than 0.5%) than non-porcelain tiles making them frost resistant or frost-proof. Glazed porcelain tiles
are much harder and more wear and damage resistant than non-porcelain ceramic tiles, making them suitable for any application
from light traffic to the heaviest residential and light commercial traffic. Full body porcelain tiles carry the color and
pattern through the entire thickness of the tile making them virtually impervious to wear and are suitable for any application
from residential to the highest traffic commercial or industrial applications. Porcelain tiles are available in matte, unglazed
or a high polished finish.
Can ceramic tile be used outdoors?
be used outdoors, we recommend the tile must be frostproof and unglazed for floor use. Make sure the absorption rate is 0.5%
What is the difference between glazed and full-body tiles?
Glazed tiles are coated with a liquid glass, which is then baked into the surface of the clay. The glaze provides
an unlimited array of colors and designs as well as protects the tile from staining. The unglazed tiles are pretty much the
same as the glazed tile, except that their surface is not coated. Full-body porcelain tiles do not show wear because their
color extends throughout the tile, making them ideal for commercial applications.
Should a sealer be used on ceramic tile?
glazed tile is already stain proof, so there is no purpose to putting on a sealer. You may put a penetrating sealer on your
unglazed tile or your grout joints. The penetrating sealer is an invisible, stain resistant shield that is absorbed into the
Q. How much breakage should I expect with an order?
A. It is not unusual to have 2% - 3% of the tile broken to some degree (e.g. chipped edges). Any
amount up to 10% on a square pattern is considered acceptable the tile is used up when all the cuts are made.15% is recommended
on diagonal floors