Frequently Asked Questions about Ceramic Tiles

1. What is the difference between porcelain and ceramic tiles?

In summary, the difference between porcelain and ceramic tiles is the way they are produced. Porcelain is created in a more controlled manufacturing process, resulting in a less porous, homogenous tile with more durability. Due to these properties, this tile works well in high foot traffic areas such as shopping malls and schools. Ceramic, on the other hand, is a mixture of clay and minerals, resulting in a more interesting and unique looking tile.

2. What type of finishes are there?

The finishes for ceramic tiles include polished, shiny, satin, matte, or natural.

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3. Is ceramic tile a durable material?

They are a durable material, but it really depends on the installation of the tiles. For optimal durability, the base on which the tiles are glued should be flat and have no irregularities. The manufacturers should have recommendations for best installing the tiles and that should be carefully and strictly followed in order to achieve the best results.

4. What is a rectified tile?

 Rectified tiles are ones that go through a cutting process of grinding, which makes all pieces the same size. As a result, the grout gaps are minimal, making for a more aesthetically pleasing assembly.

5. How do I calculate the number of tiles I need?

Naturally, you will need to know the area of the space in order to determine the number of tiles required. It’s advisable to purchase more tiles than the exact number of ties required since there may be breaks and cut-outs. Uniquely shaped floor plans will require an even larger number of tiles due to cutting.

6. Can floor tiles be installed on walls? Or wall tiles on floors?

 Practically any floor tile can be installed on the wall but not all wall tiles can be installed on a floor. Make inquiries from the manufacturer or outlet store before purchasing.

 7. Can I install tiles on top of other tiles?

While it is not the smartest option as you’ll have to alter the height of your doors as well, it is possible to install tiles on top of other tiles provided the surface below has been correctly installed and is not broken.

8. Are ceramic tiles non-slip?

 To determine whether a tile is non-slip, you can look at its dynamic friction coefficient, which is an index of slip resistance. The higher the number, the more ‘non-slip’ the tile is.

9. Is it possible to paint on tiles?

 It is possible, but not all paints work. Highly waterproof and smooth surfaces require highly adhesive paint. It is also necessary to prepare a base for painting for a more efficient result.

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