Ceramic tiles are light weight clay-based tiles. They are pressed at a lower pressure rate and fired at lower temperatures than porcelain tiles. This manufacturing process means they are always finished with a durable glaze which carries the colour and pattern. This glaze can be either gloss or matte or in some instances, there can be an additive to the glaze that gives the tile an external rating. The edge of a ceramic tile is generally not rectified which means the tiles should not be laid any closer than 3mm-5mm, depending on the quality of the substrate.
Key benefits of ceramic tiles include:
- They are used in both wall and floor applications.
- They are great for walls in any area of the home as they are cost effective whilst still giving a superior look.
- They are softer and easier to cut than porcelain which makes the installation cost more affordable.
- They usually carry a PEI ratings 1 to 5. (See tile tile ratings for more info).
- They are suitable for light to moderate traffic.