Porcelain tiles are ceramic tiles that are fired at higher temperatures. The higher temperatures harden the tiles to such an extent that the tiles become homogeneous , dense and impervious.
Porcelain Tiles Types
The porcelain tiles can be divided into several categories
Matte or Unglazed Porcelain Tiles
- The raw porcelain tiles that are produced in the natural form after baking and firing in the kiln are known as unglazed porcelain tiles. Once fired no other treatment is required on the tiles.
Glazed Porcelain Tiles
- When the Porcelain tiles are fired and come out of the kiln they are treated further by a applying a glazed finish on the tile. After the glaze is applied the tiles become stronger and impervious.
Polished Porcelain Tiles
- The Porcelain tiles are polished after the tiles are baked and come out of the kiln. Polished porcelain tiles should not be confused with glazed vitrified tiles as the process for manufacture is different in both the tiles.
Double Charged Porcelain Tiles
- These Porcelain tiles could be of polished, semi-polished, glazed or of matte finish. The process of manufacture involves the fusion of two types of clay to create unique designs in the Porcelain tiles.
Full Body Porcelain Tiles
- The full body porcelain tiles have the colour and texture throughout the tile. In case of scratches they will not be visible as the tiles are homogeneous throughout. These tiles can further be converted in matte, polished and glazed tiles.
Textured or Stone Finish Tiles
- These tiles are highly textured imitating the finish of stone etc. and are used mainly for the external wall cladding purpose.
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