Diverse and Beautiful: Porcelain Tiles
Over the past few years tiles have evolved greatly and continue to play an increasingly significant role in the home. We are seeing tiles used not only on the floors and walls of kitchens and bathrooms but in bedrooms, living areas and other non-traditional areas. As tile applications diversify, so do the choices available on the market. Tile production has become more innovative – mimicking natural and man-made materials such as wood, stone, fabric and metal. Aside from the availability of stylish design, one of the major benefits of choosing tiles is their longevity – they are built to last.
One of the relatively newer trends among home owners is the porcelain or ‘vitrified’ tile.
Porcelain tiles are a form of ceramic tile; however, they are harder and offer great design flexibility. Although both are produced from clay and other naturally occurring materials, the clay used to make a porcelain tile is more refined and purified. As a result, these high-quality tiles are very strong with low porosity which makes them extremely resistant to liquid. Vitrified tiles are becoming a popular choice particularly for floors and wall coverings. In any application or use in the home, these tiles have a huge advantage over other tiles based on their longevity. Harder, more damage and wear resistant they will last for a long period of time and do not need to be replaced frequently. This makes them suitable in all areas up to the heaviest residential footfall and even light commercial traffic.
Glazed vs not glazed
Your first decision is to choose whether or not to choose glazed tiles. Glazed vitrified tiles have a surface coating to give them a shiny appearance and can be digitally printed with patterns. These tiles are considered more water, scratch and stain resistant in comparison to regular polished vitrified tiles. Glazed porcelain tiles come in a gloss, matte or textured finish. They are also available unglazed with either a polished, natural or textured finish. In a polished vitrified tile, dyes and colour patterns are mixed into the entire tile, making them virtually impervious to wear and suitable for any application. A glossy flooring of glazed or polished vitrified tiles can be used to reflect brightness in the home, while a matte or natural finish can be used to underplay excess light.
Myaree Ceramics stock a wide range of polished and glazed porcelain tiles from high quality tile producers such as Mutina, EMIL, REX, 41 ZERO 42 and the XO geometrically patterned series. Pair your vitrified selection with one of the other ranges of unique-look tiles available in store – combine with faux timber or stone to give you the perfect finish. Myaree Ceramics has an extensive range of porcelain tiles available for home or commercial spaces. Need a second opinion? Come in and bounce your ideas off our experienced and qualified designer who will also advise you on the application of porcelain tiles and their various uses around the home.