Through Body Porcelain Tile
Through Body Porcelain tiles are extremely hard and impermeable, which makes the tiles highly resistant to moisture, staining and wear. In producing this type of porcelain tile, a color pigment is mixed with the clay body powder, giving the finished tile a consistent color throughout the body of the tile. This type of tile withstands temperature extremes, and may be used in exterior applications, including pool linings.
Glazed Porcelain Tile
Glazed Porcelain Tiles are extremely hard and impermeable, which makes the tiles highly resistant to moisture, staining and wear. In producing this type of porcelain tile, a colored glaze is added to the surface of the tile, enhancing the visual presentation. This type of tile withstands temperature extremes, and may be used in specific exterior applications, including pool linings.
Glazed Ceramic Tile
Glazed Ceramic Tiles have the same glaze on top of the body of the tile that is applied to a porcelain body tile. The body of the tiles can be colored (any color shade from yellow to reddish brown) or else they can be whiteish (sometimes white) depending on the raw materials used. In glazed tiles, the color of the body is relatively unimportant. The main difference between a Ceramic Tile and a Porcelain Tile is the body under the glaze. The Ceramic Tile body is more porous than a Porcelain Tile body. Glazed Ceramic Tiles are an excellent choice for All interior applications.
Mosaic tiles are small tiles, generally 2″ x 2″ or smaller, and always less than six square inches in area. Mosaic tiles may be made from either a porcelain body or a clay body. Mosaic tiles may also be made with other materials, including Glass, Metal and Natural Stone.
Mosaic tiles are most often mounted on paper, mesh or dot-mounted sheets to facilitate easier handling and installation. Mosaic tiles are commonly used to create a design with other types of tile including porcelain, ceramic, or even natural stone.
Quarry tile is an unglazed tile manufactured from natural clays and shale. It has a thick, dense body with a high-resistance to moisture and staining. Like Through Body porcelain tile, quarry tile has a consistent color throughout the body of the tile.
The surface texture of the quarry tile provides a natural slip resistance, and abrasives can be added to further enhance the slip resistance qualities of the tile. For this reason it is commonly used in commercial applications.