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Porcelain Tiles : Find Out More About Vitrified Porcelain Tiles

by Tiles Online on April 30, 2013

Find Out More About Vitrified Porcelain Tiles

porcelain tiles While there is no real difference between ceramic and porcelain tiles, the word “vitrified” added to the name indicates something different.

Vitrified implies that the product is glass like, in fact all ceramics are vitrified (glass like) relatively, therefore it isn’t truly an exact description.

Fully Vitrified or porcelain tiles will have a water absorption rate of around 0.5 percent. This means an extremely low water absorption and so will not essentially be glazed.

Tiles with higher water absorption rates (more than six percent) are quite often labelled as “Vitrified” when in fact they’re not .

Porcelain tiles are very popular, particularly during the last decade or so. They can be polished or textured with exquisite glazed finishes.

Porcelain tiles are produced with a mixture of kaolin clays, quartz, and feldspar, then fired at 1200-1300 degrees, making uniform and compact tiles.

Previously, porcelain tiles were often employed in commercial applications for their strength, low porosity, and substantial abrasion resistance. Today, because of new solutions and lower manufacturing costs, porcelain tiles are in our homes, in living-rooms, bathrooms, and kitchens all over the world.

Unglazed vitrified porcelain are tiles that won’t get a glaze added onto the finish. On the other hand it’s the natural state of the clays and additives that accounts for the colour of a tile. One of the benefits of a vitrified porcelain tile is, if this does get chipped, the colour continues through the body of the tile.

Additionally, due to the strength, a porcelain tile can be machined to generate a polished surface, a matt texture, or even a rough outer surface. Vitrified porcelain tiles can be produced with cut edges (rectified), so that every tile is the same size.

Vitrified porcelain tiles are an excellent product, and contend well with natural stones including marbles and granites.

Be aware though, mechanically improving the surface of natural porcelain to a polished finish, or even a matt finish, opens up tiny micro pores on top of the tile. It’s for this reason that many tile manufacturers and retailers recommend that porcelain tiles be sealed – a procedure which seals these tiny pores.

Vitrified tiles may accommodate a “full body” tile, which means that the design is not just on the outside of the tile, but runs throughout the entire body. The best thing about this is that the tiles become incredibly sturdy and stain resistant.
Tiles could be laid with easily available tile plastic spacers, thus achieving a uniform joint.
Vitrified porcelain tiles are reasonable and recommended for your house or business.

 

 

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