Porcelain Tiles : What Are Vitrified?

by Wall Tiles Online on 6:29 am

Learn More About Vitrified Porcelain Tiles

Porcelain TilesAs there is no real distinction between ceramic and porcelain tiles, the term “vitrified” added to the name implies something distinct.

Vitrified suggests that the product is glass like, in reality all ceramics are vitrified (glass like) somewhat, so it isn’t truly an accurate description.

Fully Vitrified or porcelain tiles would have a water absorption rate of around 0.5 percent. This means a very low water absorption and thus won’t necessarily be glazed.

Tiles with higher water absorption rates (over six percent) are usually known as “Vitrified” when in fact they’re not .

Porcelain tiles are usually renowned, particularly over the last decade or more. They could be polished or textured with beautiful glazed finishes.

Porcelain tiles are produced with a blend of kaolin clays, quartz, and feldspar, then fired at 1200-1300 degrees, creating even and compact tiles.

Until now, porcelain tiles were often utilized in industrial applications because of their strength, low porosity, and substantial abrasion resistance. Today, because of new solutions and reduced production costs, porcelain tiles can be found in our homes, in living-rooms, bathrooms, and kitchens worldwide.

Unglazed vitrified porcelain are tiles that don’t have a glaze added to the finish. On the other hand it is the natural state of the clays and additives that evens up the colour of the tile. One benefit of a vitrified porcelain tile is, if it does get damaged, the colour runs through the body of the tile.

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

Vitrified porcelain tiles are an awesome product, and compete effectively with natural stones including marbles and granites.

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

Vitrified tiles may allow for a “full body” tile, which means that the design isn’t only on the outside of the tile, but runs through the entire body. The best thing about this is that the tiles become extremely sturdy and stain resistant.
Tiles could be laid with readily available tile plastic spacers, thus achieving a uniform joint.
Vitrified porcelain tiles are economical and imperative for your house or business.

 

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