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How Tiles Are Made

Tiles are everywhere! We see tiles in bathrooms, kitchens, on streets, driveways, patios and many other places. Some are plain, some intricate, some coloured and some neutral. With so many possibilities on the market, you may be wondering how tiles are made? We’re going to explain some of the process.

The Importance Of Clay

Ceramic and porcelain tiles are made of a foundation of clay. The type of clay that’s used will affect the finish. Porcelain tiles tend to be made of heavier, denser clays than ceramic. Clay is an excellent material because it’s strong, versatile and easily sourced. It has great insulation properties and is able to last for many years, making it ideal for building and construction purposes.

The Process Of Making Porcelain Tiles

To create porcelain tiles, the clay is mixed with sand and feldspar. All of the materials used to make the tiles are crushed up into a fine powder and combined with water. The mixture has all the air removed before being pressed out into a long sheet. From there, the tiles are punched out and carefully dried. They’re then sent to a kiln and fired with extreme heat, before being gradually cooled. It’s important to cool the tiles off slowly, as any sudden changes in temperature could cause the tiles to crack or even explode.

The Process Of Making Ceramic Tiles

The way that ceramic tiles are made doesn’t differ much from porcelain. The main difference is that a mould is used to create their shape, rather than them being cut out. This is because ceramic is able to withstand more pressure, therefore it can be pressed into shape more easily than porcelain.

Choose TAP Tiling

We supply a huge range of tiles in a number of materials. Whether you’re looking for porcelain, ceramic or any other type of tiles, we’re sure to have something for you. Get in touch with our friendly team today to discover more about our products.

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