Tiles have been decorating homes, palaces and churches since ancient times. This versatile floor and wall covering is one of the most preferred mediums for augmenting the aesthetics of any building. Two types of tiles that are often used today are ceramic and porcelain tiles.
Types of Tiles
Ceramic tiles are produced from natural raw materials such as feldspar, clay, silica sand and dolomite, which have to endure a process called â€˜vitrificationâ€™ at temperatures of almost 1200 degrees Centigrade. This mixture of raw materials determines the ceramic nature of the tiles. Ceramic materials are very ancient products, but they are still used today in the most advanced and modern applications. The tiles possess several inherent advantages when compared with natural stone or clay tiles. Low water absorption, non-existence of radioactive metals, high resistance to stains, easy cleaning, and strength and durability are some of the benefits of using ceramic tiles.
Porcelain tiles are extremely compact and resistant flooring materials. Natural raw materials are fused at very high temperatures 1200 degrees Centigrade to form a single and extremely solid body, creating a perfectly homogenous slab. The product is almost completely vitrified, and because of its excellent mechanical properties, porcelain tiles are ideal for use in public spaces and for industrial purposes.