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Circa Tile opened in 1988 and since that time we have seen tremendous innovation in our Industry. One of those changes has been the introduction of Porcelain Tiles. There seems to be many ideas as to what a porcelain tile is, so this section attempts to clarify it and also give you other important information to know about ceramic tiles.
Porcelain refers to the composition of the clay that is used to make the ceramic tile. A porcelain tile can be fired at higher temperatures than other types of clay used in making tiles, this makes for a stronger denser body. To be considered porcelain the body of the tile must have a water absorption of less then 3%. This is one reason many manufactures will rate their porcelains for exterior use. Glazed porcelains make up a majority of porcelains on the market today, but you can also find un-glazed porcelains and color through body porcelains as well.
Every tile is given a rating for abrasion resistance. This rating determines the application a tile can be used for. They are as follows
Class 1 These tiles can only be used on a wall application.
Class 2 These tiles can only be used on all class 1 applications and a residential bathroom floor.
Class 3 These tiles can only be used on all class 1 and class 2 applications and including a residential kitchen or foyer floor.
Class 4 These tiles can be used in any residential application above and also light commercial floors. (Our showroom floor)
Class 5 These tiles can be used in all of the above applications and including heavy commercial floor applications (Car showrooms, airports)
Some porcelain tiles are available as a rectified porcelain. This is a laser precise
process to make each tile the exact same size. This process allows the tile to be set with a minimal grout joint. Once installed you not only have a minimal amount of grout to maintain, but it also creates a more seamless design aesthetic.
The latest innovation in tile is high quality digital imaging printing technology. It can also be referred to as High Definition or Reveal Imagining. No matter what they call it the final product is un-parralled in it’s ability to emulate a natural stone. The variation from piece to piece gives you the look and feel of natural stone without any of the maintance issues.
But remember, the most important part of selecting a tile is not something that can be seen on a website.
We encourage you to come on in and not only see the array of colors and textures offered in tile today, but also have the chance to take them home and see them in your own surroundings.