Known for their beauty and colours, ceramic wall and floor tiles have been used in Australia for over 100 years. Having used ceramics for so long, many Australians refer to ceramic tiles even when they mean porcelain tiles. For clarity in this article, when we refer to ceramics, we refer to the old fashion ceramic tiles fired at a lower temperature than porcelain tiles and generally with a red biscuit or a white biscuit that is more porous than the porcelain tile equivalent.
How Are Ceramic Tiles Made?
Traditionally ceramics were left to fire for hours known as a periodic kiln. With technology advancements, most manufacturers are now using continuous kilns allowing for greater efficiency and accuracy. It is a conveyor belt style technology designed to fire at higher temperatures and achieve more consistency in finishes. The most recent advancements in computer technology has increased technical and aesthetics possibilities. Monocottura (Italian word meaning fired once) is the most popular form of ceramic floor tiles.
However, as technology has improved, housing prices have increased. Most people usually only want to install tiles once. This is possible with porcelain tiles. Porcelain tiles have become a popular choice due to the durability, density and resistance to scratching and chipping. Porcelain tiles have taken Australia by storm. While some countries still find ceramic tiles to be the most popular product type, generally Australians by far prefer to buy porcelain tiles.
What Is Better – Ceramics or Porcelain Tiles?
While some prefer ceramic tiles for the variety of colour options available, very little else is preferred except possibly the cost. Some developers and home builders on tight budgets may decide to use a combination of ceramic wall tiles and porcelain floor tiles. As wall tiles do not have the same wear requirements as floor tiles. However, we at TFO recommend porcelain tiles for those that can afford them, as porcelain tiles are:
1. Hard wearing and durable
2. More design options available
3. Easy to clean and maintain
4. Scratch and chip resistant
Where Can I Buy Ceramic or Porcelain Tiles?
The best place to buy ceramic or porcelain tiles in Sydney is here online. Buy now or check out our ceramic floor tiles prices online now or at our showroom at 107 Warren Road, Smithfied, NSW. It is worth the drive. We not only sell cheap ceramic tiles but, as many of our customers have said, at TFO ‘you can buy porcelain tiles at the price that others sell ceramics tiles for.’ So, as our tag line says, “Visit Us or Pay the Price”.
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