At Tile Gallery we offer the latest styles in Ceramics, Porcelains, Natural Stones, Travertines for the best prices in the Australian marketplace.

Polished Porcelain

Polished PorcelainPolished Porcelain in Almond and Designer White. Whether your style is contemporary or classic this series will give your home a stylish finish.

AlmondSIZE: 60 x 60 cm

Designer WhiteSIZE: 60 x 60 cm


Full Bodied –  Double Loaded –  Soluble Salts –  Glazed NaturalMatt  Polished  Glazed –linked to TGIHoned  HonedRockface Polished –linked to TFOEach of the categories above to have a link to examples of pictures of product. With linksTo TFO, TTG & TGI. Most commonly asked questions –click here for answers Why should I use Polished Porcelain –click here for answersPorcelain Tile Information
Porcelain is fairly new to the ceramic tile family.  Over the years, porcelain has become increasingly popular. The production and manufacturing process has rendered a stronger, more durable tile versus non-porcelain tile. Water absorbency rates are less, which enables porcelain to better withstand the elements. Porcelain also has the highest PEI rating (five), which means they are extremely durable and less prone to scratches and wear and tear. Unfortunately, porcelain tile is more expensive and offers less color and design options than non-porcelain.Manufacturing
Porcelain is produced from fine porcelain clays, which are more refined and purified than non-porcelain clays. Other natural materials such as quartz, ferrous materials and sand are also used. As a result of the materials used during production, the hardness in the porcelain tile is enhanced.

Like ceramic tile, porcelain tile is kiln dried, but at much higher temperatures. The drying time for porcelain is also longer in duration than it is for ceramic tile, which also contributes to porcelain tile being denser and less porous. Ceramic tile is also kiln dried, but at lower temperatures and for a shorter period of time. This manufacturing difference makes non-porcelain tile softer, more water absorbent and more prone to wear and tear.

The low water absorbency rating makes porcelain essentially impervious to any water absorption and therefore frost resistant, making porcelain a first choice for any outdoor installation. And perfect for bathrooms, kitchens, walls and floors and basements and garages.

PEI ratings
The Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI) issues durability ratings, with zero being the least durable to five being the most durable, for ceramic tile. This helps consumers determine what type of tile is suitable for particular applications. Porcelain tile has the highest PEI rating, meaning they are the most resistant to scratches and wear and tear. This makes porcelain the best choice for any residential, commercial or industrial installation that is subject to high traffic. Because most non-ceramic tile rates low on the PEI scale, most non-ceramic tile is best suited for either low to moderate traffic areas or wall applications.

Negatives
Porcelain tile is more costly than non-porcelain. However, prices have come down over the years, making it more affordable. There is less to choose from than non-porcelain, which is virtually unlimited in color and design options. Furthermore, because porcelain is more difficult to cut, non-porcelain is most recommended for indoor mural applications. If the area in question is not subject to high traffic or moisture problems, then regular non-porcelain tiles will do fine, at a much cheaper price. But if any of those issues do come into play, spend the extra money and go with porcelain tile.

Positives
Porcelain tiles as the superior choice in wall and floor covering comes in many different sizes, colours and finishes. There are four main types of porcelain that are being sold in the market. Each type comes with its advantages and disadvantages.

Full Body Porcelain
As the name implies, this type of porcelain has the same surface as the body. There are two main versions, the speckled (salt & pepper) and the micronized grain version.

Multiple (Double) Loading Porcelain
Composed of fine speckled biscuit and micronized topping. The two layers are then pressed together.

Porcelain with Soluble Salts
Soluble salts composed of metal oxides and water are spread through a screen on white biscuit porcelain, which then penetrate the body of the tile and release colouring during the firing process.

Glazed Porcelain
Produced by applying thick layer of glaze (glass) on fine speckled biscuit after pressing. Glaze acts as sealant on top of the surface.

Two of the different types of porcelain can be polished to a mirror finish, i.e.

Double Loaded and Soluble Salts creating another category of Porcelain called  Polished Porcelain. This is an incredible product, completely overtaking ceramic tiles because it can be used on Wall and Floor applications.  From bathroom walls and floors right through living areas, giving an elegant and stylish finish to your living spaces. click here for pics

Why should I choose Polished Porcelain?

  • It is remarkably chip resistant
  • it is  light reflective – click here to see pictures
  • Strong
  • Dense
  • Less Variation than traditional ceramics, almost eliminating size issues
  • Easy to Clean
  • Rectified
  • Huge selection of larger format sizes
  • Polished Porcelain tiles add glamour and beauty to a room
    Most commonly asked questions:What does rectified mean?
  • A.  Less size variation than traditional ceramics, almost eliminating size issues.

What is double-Loaded?

  • Double loaded is made by more advanced technology which give the tiles a unique look so that no two tiles are identical.

Why is Polished Porcelain easy to clean?

  • Because it is a dense material and now is available with a factory seal called Nano.