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Types of Floor Tiles
With the endless variations in tile types and styling, any look can be achieved through the use of tile floors. Best of all, tile isn’t limited to just floors!
Many use tiles in showers or as a splashback in kitchens and bathrooms. Here are several different types of tiles that can be used to personalize a home:
Ceramic tiles is one of the most popular tiles used in homes. The process in which it’s made lends itself well to variation – meaning the colour choices are endless. Using clay materials, ceramic tiles are either pressed, moulded, or hardened using high temperatures in a kiln. Ceramic tiles can be divided into two types:
- Monocottura & Bicottura: Monocottura and Bicottura ceramic tiles are considered traditional ceramics, made from clay. They come in natural tones but can be glazed to any colour pattern. This offers a beautiful tile floor in any hue imaginable.
- Porcelain: Porcelain ceramic tiles are made using similar processes, but with the addition of minerals. Feldspar and other minerals are added in the form of dust to strengthen the tile mixture. When melted, this dust bonds to other ingredients, creating glass-like property. Porcelain is denser and technically superior than Monocottura and Bicottura tiles. There are three types of porcelain tiles:
- Unglazed porcelain, also known as full-body vitrified– this allows for the same colour throughout the body
- Glazed porcelain: this is where the same plain body is used and only the pattern on the surface is the distinctive element.
- Coloured body porcelain: this is where colour is added to the body of the tile and a glaze is also applied to the surface.
Porcelain Tiles are Strong
Porcelain tiles are much stronger than other flooring options and have a porosity level of 0.05% or lower, meaning their technical properties far outweigh other flooring options in terms of resistance to stain, chemicals, and thermal shock to name but a few. As a result, porcelain tiles can vary in suitability for residential as well as high traffic areas, depending on the product selected.
Innovation in tile manufacturing processes in the last few decades has resulted in an array of choices to the type of surfaces available with porcelain tiles. Traditionally ceramic (Monocottura and Bicottura) tiles were either matte, gloss or slip resistant (rough textured). Now, there are further options available:
- Polished finish: this is where 1/10thof a millimetre of the surface is removed by buffing the surface of the tile, leaving a full gloss appearance. This is different to a traditional gloss surface where a clear coat is added on top of the applied design (glaze).
- Lappato or lux finish: this is where a similar buffing technique is applied but not as harsh, leaving the natural contours of the surface and resulting a silky, smooth sheen.
- Semi-polished finish: this is where the high points of the surface are polished, leaving the lower points of the surface in their original (matte) condition.
- Bush hammered finish: also known as Bocciardato or Strutturato, this is where the surface has a textured surface, as compared to traditional Monocottura ceramic tiles in slip resistant finish which were traditionally manufactured with a coarse (sand paper like) finish so they could be suitable for external use.
Rectified Ceramic Tiles for a Stunning Finish
Ceramic and porcelain tiles can also be rectified, another manufacturing technique which allows us to be further spoilt for choice. Rectifying a tile is where the edges are machine cut straight. This allows for laying with smaller grout joints, creating a contemporary and seamless look (please refer to Australian Standards for minimum grout joints, particularly for floors).
2004 saw the latest evolution in porcelain tiles with the introduction of porcelain slabs. Porcelain slabs are very big tiles, in varying thicknesses from as thin as 3.5mm to 12mm and 20mm thicknesses. The advantages of porcelain slabs are many, but here are the most important to note:
- Porcelain slabs are light. Due to their thin structure, they are still technically superior just like their smaller siblings, but they are lighter to transport. Their lightweight properties also mean their suitability can be extended to uses to things like lifts / elevators and sailing boats.
- Porcelain sheets mean less grout joints. Because they are bigger and wider than regular tiles, they can also be used for facades on building interiors and exteriors, as well as for bathrooms (think: shower panels in particular), as well as kitchen splashbacks and fireplace facades.
- Porcelain sheets mean additional uses for benchtops, vanity tops and furniture tops including tables. Porcelain sheets of 12mm or more can be used for benchtops and vanity tops without the use of a substrate underneath. This means they can be used in kitchens, cutting directly on the surface and you can even place hot pots and pans on the surface without causing damage.
- 6mm porcelain sheets can be used with LED lighting, where the lights are placed behind the porcelain panel for a beautiful effect.
- 6mm porcelain sheets can also be used for induction cooking, with specialised appliances installed under the porcelain sheet with controls.
- Porcelain sheets are graffiti proof, meaning their use can also extend to commercial applications such as train stations and juvenile detention centres.
- Porcelain sheets are fire retardant– this means in the event of a fire they will not accelerate (a fire). They are a man-made material with all their components coming from the earth, so they do not contain any chemicals or resins. Additionally, they can be used behind gas cooktops without any concern.
- Porcelain sheets will not fade, change colour or warp in sunlight.This means they can be used externally not just on facades but also in outdoor kitchens.
Limestone Floor Tiles
Limestone brings a natural look to bathrooms and kitchens. It is a porous stone and looks almost identical as a tile as it does in nature. Because of its soft and permeable structure, it shouldn’t be used in high traffic areas and needs to be properly sealed.
Slate Floor Tiles
Slate is also similar as a tile as it is in nature. Tiles are cut directly from the stone, which means there will be bumps, chips, and uneven surfaces. To preserve slate floors, they need to be sealed to keep water from damaging the surface.
Marble Floor Tiles
Marble floors are a staple in high-end homes. Their classic and timeless appearance is stunning in any room it’s used. One downfall of marble tiles, however, is its vulnerability to scratches. Thankfully, these can be buffed out using the right materials!
Granite Floor Tiles
Granite and marble are very similar but vary in natural designs and colours. Marble tends to have ‘veins’ of different minerals running throughout the surface while granite typically has ‘specks.’ Both are great choices for flooring and add an element of luxury!
Mexican Saltillo Floor Tiles s
Mexican Saltillo is a unique tile made in Mexico. Its rusty-yellow colouring brings warmth to a home and reflects the natural clay it’s made with. These tiles are usually man-made, so the standard 12 x 12 size will vary slightly from tile to tile. Because they are made by hand, some have bumps, dings, and dips as brand-new tiles. Many feel this adds character and a rustic feel to their home. This durable flooring looks great inside and out.
Glass Floor Tiles
Colourful glass tiles are often used in mosaics or to create a vibrant back splash. They can be set into stone or installed like traditional tile, using grout. Either way, this is a great way to add an unexpected pop of colour in a bathroom or kitchen!
Brick Floor Tiles
Surprisingly, yes, brick is considered a tile and is used as a staple in many homes. Brick adds an unmistakable rustic feel to the inside of homes when used on kitchen walls. They’re perfect for outdoor patio and sidewalk surfaces, but also for indoor hallways. Brick pavers, just like any flooring, can be finished into a smooth surface and are very unique!