Porcelain is strong, durable and water resistant making it ideal for high traffic areas in homes or commercial settings. It also offers amazing opportunities for creative design and can mimic the subtle nuances of natural stone, wood and other time worn materials.
A gloss tile has a shiny glaze layer applied to the tile. Glossy porcelain is not as durable as polished porcelain and could be liable to marking or scratches in high traffic areas.
Porcelain naturally has a rough finish but it can be mechanically polished to produce a high gloss shine. Some polished porcelain is pre-sealed and some requires sealing to protect the gloss surface. Tiles supplied by Tubs & Tiles will be pre-sealed.
Double Loaded Porcelain
Double loaded porcelain is pressed twice under extreme heat for a longer period of time resulting in an exceptionally strong tile with a finish that is stain, chemical, frost and abrasion resistant.
Non Rectified Tiles
This refers to any tile that has natural edges that have not been mechanically straightened after cutting meaning that the tile does not have a 100% sharp edge. Larger grout lines will need to be used in order to fit these tiles together, fill in the gaps, and hide their little differences.
Rectified tiles are cut after they are fired to produce a sharp, precise edge – this is ideal for large format tiles and when you want the grout lines to be less visible.
Full Body Porcelain
The raw materials are blended, pressed and fired to get full body or through body tiles which means patterns, veins and grains are visible from the surface through the body of the tile making it durable, hard wearing and suitable for both domestic & commercial use.
Standard 10mm and extra thick 20mm porcelain tiles with a R11 anti-slip rating can be used outdoors provided they are fixed with suitable adhesive. Tiles will not fade, are frost and moisture resistant, and easy to clean and maintain as they resist stains, moss and mould growth.
The porcelain or ceramic body tile has a glaze applied to the surface before firing. Glazed porcelain can be single colour or feature design or patterns which can be applied by printer providing infinite creative possibilities.
Ceramic tiles are made from natural clay, sand and water and have a glaze with the colour and design applied before being fired at high temperature. Ceramic is ideal for tiles in bathrooms and as a kitchen backsplash. Ceramic is usually less expensive than porcelain.
White or Red Body Tiles
This refers to the colour of the clay body which is underneath the coloured or décorative glaze. The colour is determined by where the clay is sourced. White body tiles are strong and have a low water absorption rate making it ideal for bathroom walls and floors.
Natural stone has a warm, tactile look with each piece having distinctive veins, swirls and striations created by nature to make it a very special addition to any design. Natural stone includes marble, travertine, limestone, slate and granite and with careful installation, maintenance and cleaning, your tiles will age beautifully as only natural stone can.
Semi Polished or Lappato
A Lappato finish is achieved by polishing the tile’s surface but not long enough to attain the luster of a typical polished tile resulting in a tile that reflects some light but also has some slip resistant properties. The level of polishing varies between ranges and manufacturer.
Bocciardata or Structured
This refers to porcelain or natural stone tiles which have been processed to have a textured finish that is somewhat rough and can lend a time worn matt look. This finish offers slip resistance.
This style replicates the traditional manufacturing technique whereby the pattern is inlaid into the tile body by using different colors of clay.
This style mimics the traditional manufacturing technique whereby a thick glaze was applied to tiles onto which intricate colour and patterns were applied - the thickness gives a 3D appearance to the tile. Eden & Frame by Ragno are inspired by this style.