Ceramic tiles have adorned floors and walls across civilizations for centuries, celebrated for their timeless beauty and unparalleled durability. Today, the world of ceramic tiles offers an extensive array of colours, textures, and patterns, elevating modern designs to new heights. Advancements in manufacturing have blurred the lines between ceramic tiles and natural stones like marble and travertines. Glazed ceramic and porcelain tiles from our range are perfect choices for residential and commercial spaces, offering versatility and lasting elegance.
Ceramic firing techniques
Let’s delve deeper into the realm of ceramic tiles, starting with the firing techniques. Following their formation and drying, tiles undergo a transformative process within a kiln,
where high temperatures set them, essentially ‘cooking’ them to perfection.
In Italian, Monocottura translates to ‘single-fired,’ representing a relatively modern firing technique. These tiles are shaped, glazed, and fired within a roller kiln in a process that can take as little as an hour. Resulting in robust, hard-glazed tiles, Monocottura tiles are renowned for their durability, making them a preferred choice for interior floors and outdoor applications due to their flat rear surface, ensuring easier installation.
On the other hand, Bicottura, meaning ‘double-fired’ in Italian, involves a more intricate process. A ‘biscuit’ tile is first formed and fired, then coated with glaze and fired a second time. While this method takes several days, it often produces tiles ideal for decorative purposes and mosaics, albeit slightly softer and better suited for walls, splashbacks, and low-traffic areas.
Understanding the types of ceramic tiles
Different specifications cater to various tile types—wall, floor, interior, exterior, mosaic—each exhibiting distinct slip resistance, wear, and porosity characteristics. Wall tiles, for instance, typically feature semi-gloss or matte surfaces with lower slip resistance, unsuitable for flooring due to their slipperiness when wet. If you’re uncertain about the right tile for your project, our experienced team is here to guide you.
Known for their exceptional durability and versatility, porcelain tiles are fired at extremely high temperatures which result in dense, hard surfaces that are scratch and stain resistant. Porcelain tiles are a popular choice for both indoor and outdoor applications, including floors, walls, and even countertops. Their ability to mimic natural stones like marble and granite makes them a preferred option for those seeking a luxurious aesthetic without compromising on practicality.
Crafted from clay mixed with other natural materials, ceramic tiles are kiln-fired to create a sturdy and resilient product. Ceramic tiles are available in glazed and unglazed options, catering to different project styles and functional needs. This choice of tile can be seen in most kitchens and bathrooms as well as living spaces and entryways.
Mosaic tiles are known for being super customisable, allowing you to add an artistic touch to any project. These tiles are typically small, allowing for intricate patterns and designs that can range from simple geometric shapes to elaborate murals. Mosaics come in various materials, including ceramic, glass, and natural stone, providing a wide range of textures and finishes. Perfect for accentuating specific areas or creating eye-catching focal points, mosaic tiles are a timeless choice for those looking to infuse their space with character and charm.
Natural stone tiles
While not strictly ceramic, natural stone tiles are an essential category to explore when considering tile options. From marble and travertine to slate and granite, natural stone tiles offer unique textures, patterns, and colours derived from the Earth’s geological processes. We recommend stone like tiles for their timeless appeal and individuality making them an excellent choice for those seeking a connection to nature in their interior or exterior spaces.