Frequently Asked Questions
What Type of Tiles Should I Use?
- Here are several different types of tiles that range wildly regarding their materials, look, and durability. While speciality types exists, you should be familiar with the most common types: Porcelain, Ceramic, Limestone, Marble, Slate, Granite.
- While these tend to vary in popularity, these primary types are most likely what you’ll end up picking from at the hardware store. Generally speaking, these tiles can be further organized into three groups: porcelain, ceramic, and stone.
- Most stone tiles are going to be more expensive but offer a fair amount in value and can certainly last through the years. You’re going to want to ensure, though, that you know the proper maintenance required for your stone tile of choice, as stone needs to be given some special attention to ensure it’ll last as long as advertised.
What Is Ceramic Tile?
- Ceramic tile is a type of tile that is typically made from red or white clay. Ceramic tile can be used in several areas throughout the house.
- Ceramic tile is made of clay that has been fired in a kiln. Ceramic tile is similar to porcelain tile, and while some companies use the terms interchangeably, they are actually very different. Ceramic tile is not as dense and has a higher absorption rate.
- This means that it is not frost-proof, and it may chip or damage more easily than porcelain tile. Despite these differences, ceramic tile is a very popular choice for floors, counter-tops and walls.
- The tile is coated with a special glaze that protects and seals it. This keeps the tile from absorbing stains while improving the durability of each piece. The glaze is also what gives ceramic tile its color and pattern. Several ceramic tile designs and sizes are available.
What Are Porcelain Floor Tiles? How Are They Made?
- Porcelain floor tiles are made of a type of ceramic composed of fine-grained porcelain clay and minerals. They are shaped and then fired at very high temperatures. By doing so, they become extremely solid and moisture resistant. They have a water absorption rate below 0.5%.
What’s the Difference between Porcelain and Ceramic Tile?
- When it comes to porcelain and ceramic tile, the differences are less clear than with stone tiles. That’s because porcelain tiles are a subcategory of ceramic tiles. Both are made from clay that has been heated in a fire and hardened for use in flooring and backsplashes. Porcelain is often heated to temperatures far hotter than other typical ceramics, though, and thus deserves the distinction.
- Overall, we can say that porcelain tile is stronger, more durable, and a great lower-cost choice for tile. Porcelain also comes with a familiar look that fits in most modern homes and can be used just about anywhere without fear of damage. As for other ceramic tiles, their use is typically better served in bathrooms than in other parts of the home.
- “Porcelain tile is stronger, more durable, and a great lower-cost choice for tile”
- Ceramic tiles are well-known for their glazing, but it can cause chipping. This means we can only recommend ceramics for areas with relatively low traffic. Both are certainly worth your consideration, however, so feel free to get some samples and make sure you can tile your floors with confidence.
What Are The Benefits Of Ceramic Tile Flooring?
Ceramic tile flooring offers several advantages. It is:
- Durable—it lasts for years and years.
- Aesthetically pleasing
- Moisture and stain resistance
- Hygienic—resisting bacteria and allergens
- Resistant to wear and high temperatures
- Easy to clean and maintain
- Available in an incredible choice of shapes, designs, sizes and colors
- Can be installed almost anywhere
Is it possible to fit new tiles on an old tiled floor?
Yes, it is definitely possible to fit new tiles on top of an old tiled floor provided that none of the underneath tiles are loose or uneven. However it is not advisable as the cost would be high and you would be reducing the headroom (height between the floor and the ceiling). However if you still want to go ahead, then see that the existing surface provides a good grip. If the existing flooring is of glazed tiles then they have to be roughened to give a good grip for the new floor.
There are some other factors also that you have to take into consideration before deciding to fit new tiles on an old tiled floor. The most important being the finished floor level. You need to allow for the thickness of the tiles that you are laying, plus approximately 6-12 mm for the cement slurry/adhesive, depending on the type of flooring to be laid. Once this thickness is added on top of your existing floor, will you still be able to open doors, etc.