WHAT TYPES OF TILE ARE THERE?

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CERAMIC TILES CAN BE GLAZED OR UNGLAZED. GLAZED TILES ARE AVAILABLE PLAIN OR DECORATED AND CAN BE USED ON WALLS & FLOORS.


PORCELAIN TILES ARE CERAMIC TILES, BUT WITH A VERY LOW ABSORBENCY. THEY ARE USALLY MADE FROM KAOLIN CLAYS, FELDSPAR, SILICA AND COLOURING OXIDES AND ARE FIRED AT ABOUT 1200 oC. PORCELAIN TILES ARE HARD WEARING AND CAN BE USED ON WALLS & FLOORS.


MOSAICS ARE VERY SMALL TILES, USUALLY ON MESH SHEETS. MOSAICS CAN BE GLAZED OR UNGLAZED AND ARE MADE FROM PORCELAIN, CERAMIC, GLASS OR NATURAL STONE.


NATURAL STONE PRODUCTS; LIMESTONE, MARBLE, GRANITE AND SLATE ARE QUARRIED FROM THE EARTH. SOME ARE EXTREMLEY HARD AND SOME QUITE SOFT. MOST WILL NEED SEALING.


TERRACOTTA TILES ARE MADE FROM LOCAL CLAYS. TERRACOTTA MEANS “COOKED EARTH” AND THESE PRODUCTS TEND TO BE VERY ABSORBANT, SO NEED SEALING WHEN USED ON THE FLOOR.