What's the Difference between Ceramic, Porcelain and Vitrified Tiles?
Ceramic tile is a kind of acid and alkali ceramic or stone construction or decoration material formed by refractory metal oxide and semi-metal oxides after grinding, mixing, pressing, glazing, sintering process, which is collectively called ceramic tiles. Its raw materials are mixed by clay, quartz sand, etc.
Features of porcelain tiles
Porcelain tiles are also known as homogeneous tiles, full body tiles, and vitrified tiles. They are sintered by high temperature with natural stone after it is broken and laminated with chemical adhesive. The advantages of glazed or unglazed porcelain tiles: Tile sintering temperature is high, well vitrified. Water absorption is less than 0.5%, moisture expansion is low, so the tile has high bending strength, wear resistance, acid and alkali resistance, and does not change color, long life. Porcelain tile has natural stone texture, high-gloss, high hardness, high wear resistance, low water absorption, less color difference, diverse specifications and colorful advantages.
Characteristics of vitrified tile
Vitrified tile is the shiny tile by polishing the full body tiles surface, which belongs to full body tiles. The ceramic tiles whose water absorption is less than 0.5% are vitrified tiles, the polished tile whose water absorption is less than 0.5% tiles is also vitrified tile (greater than 0.5% would only be polished tile not vitrified tile). Due to low water absorption, its hardness is also relatively high, not easy to scratch.
Application of vitrified tiles, porcelain tiles and ceramic tiles
With the increasing development of ceramic technology, large format vitrified tiles have become mainstream in home decoration. This kind of ceramic tile has natural stone texture, high brightness, high hardness, high wear resistance, low water absorption, less color difference, diverse specifications and rich colors, etc. The building decorated and paved with ceramic tiles has a more elegant taste, which can make classic and modern fully inclusive and equitable. This high strength, high density, large-size porcelain tiles being decorated on the exterior wall of the building can play sound and heat insulation effect in addition to a variety of changes in the appearance, and it is lightweight than marble. Porcelain tile is the polycrystalline material, mainly composed of numerous fine particles of quartz grains and stone grain to make the network structure, the crystal and vitreous has high strength and hardness, the grain and vitreous has considerably high combination strength. What's more, the porcelain vitrified tiles made by modern technology can be artificially controlled in the color, pattern and luster, which have excellent decorative effect. And the products blending European and Chinese styles, colors are varied and diverse, which have modern style whether decorated indoors or outdoors.
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