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What is the difference between standard "ceramic" tiles and "porcelain" tiles?

Tile terminology can be confusing. Most types of tiles that are made from clay or a mixture of clay and other materials, then kiln-fired, are considered to be a part of the larger classification called “Ceramic Tiles”. These tiles can be split into two groups, porcelain tiles and non-porcelain tiles. These non-porcelain tiles are frequently referred to as ceramic tiles by themselves, separate from porcelain tiles. Ceramic tiles are often less expensive than porcelain and are available in a huge range of sizes and shapes.
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“Ceramic” or non-porcelain tiles are generally made from red or white clay fired in a kiln. They are almost always finished with a durable glaze which carries the colour and pattern. These tiles are used in both wall tile and floor tile applications, are softer and easier to cut than porcelain, and usually carry a PEI 0 to 3 rating. Non-porcelain ceramic tiles are usually suitable for very light to moderate traffic and generally have a relatively high water absorption rating making them less frost resistant and they are more prone to wear and chipping than porcelain tiles.

Glazed finishes

Many tiles, such as ceramic and some porcelain tiles, have a glazed surface. The glaze is a layer of glass that protects the tile base or “biscuit” and can make it more or less slip resistant depending on the finish of the tile. Bathroom tiles for instance are not recommended outside because they usually are a lot smoother and therefore don’t have great anti-slip properties. At the same time, an anti-slip exterior tile laid on a bathroom floor will make cleaning harder because of the coarse anti-slip finish.  The glaze is added to the tile biscuit by firing in a kiln at temperatures greater than 1000 degrees Celsius. Glaze is available in glossy, matt, and textured finishes.

How much wastage should I expect with a tile order?

It is not unusual to have 3% – 5% of the tile broken to some degree (e.g. chipped edges). Any amount up to 10% is still considered acceptable and within the Australian Tile Standards. Any damaged tiles should be put aside and used for the cuts you will need to make. If breakage is above 10%, notify us so we can arrange to have the issue rectified. 

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Modern tiles for your property in South West Sydney, the Southern Highlands and Tablelands

Are you looking for some ceramic tiles to bring a contemporary air to your living room floor? Or perhaps you want some terracotta tiling by your pool area to create an exotic, Mediterranean feel? Whatever your style and taste preferences may be, you’re sure to be able to find something that suits you at Hayters Timber & Paving.
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With over 40 years’ experience in the industry, Hayters have provided tiling solutions for thousands of projects throughout South West Sydney, the Southern Highlands and Tablelands. This gives them a wealth of knowledge and expertise to help make sure you find exactly what you’re looking for.
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Hayters offer tiles in:

  • Ceramic
  • Natural Stone
  • Porcelain
  • Terracotta
  • Vitrified
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    Hayters also provide a range  of high quality and durable adhesives and grouts to ensure your tiles pass the test of time.

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    To find out more about Hayters high-quality tiling products, or for a free quote, call their friendly team today on 02 4629 6000. 
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