Why Should I Use Tiles?
Practicality: Ceramic tiles are a versatile and down-to-earth home improvement technology. They’re easy to maintain and help provide a waterproof barrier to your bathroom walls.
Durability: Do it once; do it right. Archaeologists have uncovered glazed tiles originally laid around 1,500 BC. It proves that if you choose your tile wisely, there’s no reason your tiled area shouldn’t last for generations. Tiles are hard wearing, easily maintained, and not susceptible to fading from UV light.
Cleanliness: Tiles have long been recommended in preference to carpet to help combat dust allergies and asthma.
Design: Ceramic tiles should become an integral part of your home. Modern patterns and sizes will keep your home up-to-date with current trends, and careful selection will enhance and protect your home and add to its capital value.
Porcelain Tiles V Ceramic Tiles: Ceramic (or non-porcelain) tiles are usually produced by firing red or white clay in a kiln, and coating with a durable glaze which carries the color and pattern. These tiles can be used on walls or floors. They are not as hard as porcelain and can therefore be cut easier. The tiles can be used in areas of light to moderate traffic, such as domestic kitchen and bathroom floors, and any walls. They tend to absorb water, relatively speaking, which means they don’t have the frost-resistance of porcelain and therefore are not suitable for outdoor use.
Porcelain tiles are produced from a finer, denser, more impervious clay then ceramic. They’re fired at higher temperature, making them stronger, harder and more damage resistant than non-porcelain ceramic tiles. They usually have a lower water absorption rate, which often makes them frost resistant or frost-proof. They’re suitable for almost any domestic application, both on walls and floors, and even in commercial settings where there is light traffic.
In summary: ceramic tiles are not suitable outdoors, but both porcelain and ceramic are suitable for all other domestic applications.