Ceramic tiles definition “Ceramic tile is a great human-made creation for creating our standard living. Ceramic tiles provide great look and surface to the wall and floor.”
Ceramic tiles are useful for our home improvements like a kitchen, bathroom, and living area of the home. Tiles are also the best option for high-traffic areas like shopping malls, offices, restaurants. Glazed tiles are a collective pronoun of ceramic wall tiles.
What is the ceramic meaning?
A ceramic is a combined material of an inorganic, non-metallic, often crystalline oxide, nitride, or carbide material. In this article, you will know all the information about the tiles.
How are ceramic tiles made?
All ceramic tiles are made from earth’s natural stone, red and white clay, sand, quartz, and water.
After creating ceramic biscuit (tiles block), it baked or fired in a kiln at a higher temperature, like 800 c to 1200 c. The primary purpose of the kiln (oven or furnace) is to remove the moisture from tiles, and it makes tiles stronger.
Ceramic tiles are coated with a glaze to create different surfaces, colors, and designs. After coating glaze in digital tiles, we print design at the surface of the tiles using the ceramic digital printer (aka Ink-Jet printing).
By this ceramic tile printer, you can print any design and any color on ceramic wall tiles. This digital printer prints high definition (HD) tiles design or any design. The printing resolution can be 1000 dpi. Due to this digital technology, every single company has more than 1000 digital wall tiles designs.
Ceramic tiles are accurate at the size, for this tiles manufacturer uses ceramic tiles sizing machine (Squaring machine). By this sizing machine, we remove the excess side surface from the tiles, and it becomes jointless tiles. This sizing machine works with every kind of tiles like ceramic wall tiles, ceramic floor tiles, vitrified tiles, porcelain tiles, and parking tiles.
What are the types of tiles?
1 ceramic wall tiles (ceramic tiles)
- Digital wall tiles
- Non-Digital wall tiles
- Ordinary ceramic wall tiles
- Luster ceramic tiles
2 Vitrified tiles
- Nano Vitrified tiles (Nano tiles)
- Glazed vitrified tiles (GVT)
- Twin Charge Vitrified Tiles
- Double charge vitrified tiles (DC)
3 Porcelain ceramic tiles
4 ceramic floor tiles
- Digital ceramic floor tiles
- Ordinary ceramic floor tiles
5 Parking tiles
- Digital parking tiles
- Ordinary parking tiles
- Terracotta parking tiles
What are the uses of ceramic tiles?
Ceramic tiles widely used for covering walls, ceilings, bathrooms, kitchen, and countertops. Ceramic tiles are designed only for indoor use, but there are also tiles design for outsides like elevation tiles or exterior wall tiles.
What are the benefits of Ceramic Tile?
There are so many benefits of ceramic tiles like durability, moisture resistant, decoration, color combination, hygiene.
Ceramic tiles have a much longer life than other flooring materials. All tiles have good resistances so that it can be used in a high traffic area like restaurants, shopping malls, and every kind of public area. Tiles are effortless to clean from liquids and dust, and a pic of cloth can easily wipe it.
Ceramic tiles are moisture resistant at the wall and floor. That’s why there are unique waterproof bathroom wall tiles. You can use ceramic tiles in the bathroom, kitchen, laboratory, and every wet area like this.
Ceramic tile Designs – Color – Pattern – Shade
Ceramic tiles have different colors and designs. In digital print, we can print anything on the tiles. Based on color, you can differentiate tiles like kitchen wall tiles, bathroom tiles, living room ceramic tiles, ceramic tiles for an outer side of the home, and all.
Now we have 3d wall tiles for a wall to make the best look. Wooden tiles are the most famous tiles, which are the best replacement for wood in the house.
Tiles are highly scratch resistant because of the hardness of tiles is 7 to 8 Moh’s (tiles hardness measuring unit) scale.
Ceramic tiles are fireproofed because tiles are backed at 800 c. to 1200 c.
What is the price of ceramic tile?
Ceramic tiles price depends on its size and transportation.
Bigger tiles are more expensive than small size. Most common wall tiles size is 12 inch x 18 inch (300mm x 450mm) and 12 inch x 24 inch (300 mm x 600 mm).
Tile’s price also depends on transportation. Because of ceramic tiles are made in a limited city or country in the world. Morbi (India), China, Italy, Brazil, Vietnam, and Spain manufactured the world’s 75% ceramic tiles and vitrified tiles.
Digital ceramic tiles are also more expensive than ordinary ceramic tiles. Nowadays, most of the ceramic tiles are in the market are digital ceramic tiles because of digital wall tiles has a big range of design than the ordinary tiles.
What are the ceramic tile sizes?
Ceramic wall tiles come with various sizes. The price of tiles also depends on the size.
4×4 (inch) – 100×100 (mm)
8×12 (inch) – 200×300 (mm)
10×15 (inch) – 250×375 (mm)
12×18 (inch) – 300×450 (mm)
12×24 (inch) – 300×600 (mm)
12×36 (inch) – 300×900 (mm)
At the time of choosing tiles size, you should always check what kind of area where you are going to install tiles. If the area is small, then you should select 8×12, 10×15, or 12×18, and the area is slightly bigger than you can go with 12×24 or 12×36 tiles.
Which are the best ceramic wall tiles?
Best wall tiles can be decided on your use and where it is going to apply.
The most common ceramic wall tiles are digital wall tiles, size of 12×18, and 12×24.
The most beautiful digital wall tiles are digital matt wall tiles. Interior designers mostly use this kind of matt tile.
Before choosing wall tiles, one should always check its costing price, whether it is going to your budget or not.
How to Install or Apply Ceramic tiles?
There are several steps for installing any tiles.
Step -1 Surface
First of all, you have to make sure that the surface where you are laying tiles it should be smooth, clean. If the surface is uneven, then you have to make it even every ware.
Step – 2 Center of area
Find out the center of the area where you want to install tiles. Take any marker or chalk and point out the center.
Step – 3 Mortar or Adhesive
In this step, you have to apply mortar or adhesive on the surface. Move trowel at a 45-degree angle on the surface and remove excess mortar or glue.
Step – 4 Set tiles
Start applying tiles from the center of the area where we already marked. If you want to fill grout, then don’t forget to set tiles spacer, the world’s 75% tiles install with grout, and 25% are without grout. Coming to the corner of the place, cut the excess tiles, and pest it to the edge.
Step – 5 Grout
Rest 24 hours to set the tiles. Remove tile spacer and apply the grout to the corner of the tile. After 20 to 30 minutes, remove extra grout and clean tiles with a wet sponge. Rinse your sponge in the water and frequently change the water.
For more information about ceramic tiles installation check-out these youtube videos
Are ceramic tiles waterproof?
Nowadays, wall tiles are available in the market can be categorized as given.
Semi Waterproof tiles
How thick is ceramic wall tile?
The thickness of ceramic wall tiles depends on its size. The bigger size is having a higher thickness than the smaller size. The average thickness is 5 mm to 10 mm.
Some FAQs about ceramic tiles.
Can you reuse ceramic wall tiles?
Digital Wall tiles – No
Because you can’t remove is from an old surface.
Floor tiles – Depends on you
If you can remove floor tiles from the older surface safely, then you can reuse tiles.
Can floor tiles be installed on walls? Or wall tiles on floors?
Sometimes Yes sometimes No
Floor tiles we can install in the wall because of its strong and secure, reliable, and robust than the wall tiles. But in other cases, installing wall tiles on the floor is a terrible idea because wall tiles don’t have that much strength as floor tiles.
Can I install tiles on top of other tiles?
YES but you shouldn’t
It will not sustain for a longer time because of the pre-install tiles will be work as non-adhesive on its surface.
Still, you want to install new tiles on top of it. Then you have to break older tiles as much as you can and then install new tiles on it. Still, I’m saying overlapping tiles is not a smart choice.
Can we paint on ceramic tiles?
YES but you shouldn’t
But as I said earlier tiles surface is very smooth so the paint will not sustain on the surface of the tiles.