Vitrified Porcelain Tiles

Vitrified Porcelain TilesWhile there is no real distinction between ceramic and porcelain tiles, the term “vitrified” added to the name indicates something different.

Vitrified implies that an item is glass like, actually all ceramics are vitrified (glass like) somewhat, therefore it isn’t truly an accurate classification.

Fully vitrified or porcelain tiles will have a water absorption rate of around 0.5 percent. This means an extremely low water absorption and for that reason will not necessarily be glazed.

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

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

Porcelain tiles are made by a blend of kaolin clays, quartz, and feldspar, then fired at 1200-1300 degrees, making consistent and compact tiles.

Over the past, porcelain tiles were typically used in industrial applications due to their strength, low porosity, and significant abrasion resistance. These days, due to new solutions and lower production costs, porcelain tiles can be found in our homes, in living-rooms, bathrooms and kitchens throughout the world.

Unglazed vitrified porcelain are tiles that don’t get a glaze added onto the surface. Alternatively it’s the natural state of the clays and additives that evens up the colour of a tile. One of the benefits of a vitrified porcelain tiles are, if it does get damaged, the colour runs throughout the body of the tile.

Also, because of its potency, a porcelain tile could be machined to create a polished surface, a matt texture, or a rough outer surface. Vitrified porcelain tiles can be made with cut edges (rectified), to ensure that every tile is the same size.

Vitrified porcelain tiles are an incredible product, and compete well with natural stones such as marbles and granites.

Be aware though, mechanically enhancing the surface of natural porcelain to a polished finish, or perhaps a matt finish, reveals tiny micro pores on top of the tile. It’s for this reason that many tile manufacturers and retailers propose that porcelain tiles be sealed – a process that seals these tiny pores.

Vitrified tiles may allow for a “full body” tile, meaning the design isn’t only on the surface of the tile, but runs through the entire body. The benefit of it is that the tiles become incredibly tough and stain resistant.
Tiles can be laid with readily available tile plastic spacers, therefore achieving a uniform joint.
Vitrified porcelain tiles are reasonable and imperative for your home or business.

Tile Factory Outlet has a great range of quality vitrified porcelain tiles at amazingly low prices. Visit them in their Sydney showroom or compare and buy tiles from their online store.

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