Porcelanosa tiles may be one of the most popular types of material when it comes to interior design, but what exactly are they? And where did they come from?
We’re here to answer both these questions and more, helping you learn all you need to know about the beautiful building material. Let’s get started.
What are Porcelanosa Tiles?
Porcelanosa tiles come from the aptly-named Porcelanosa – one of the leading suppliers of tiles across the globe. Founded in Villarreal back in 1973, the Spanish manufacturer have a strong philosophy for designing building materials which combine beauty and originality.
These two characteristics can be found throughout the entire range of Porcelanosa products – whether it be a ceramic, porcelain, natural stone, or mosaic design.
Why are they good to use?
The popularity of Porcelanosa tiles isn’t unmerited – they are one of the most popular and effective building materials for good reason. Here are four reasons why:
- They offer a high quality.
- They are incredibly durable.
- They feature a unique, original design.
- They represent innovation at its finest.
Where can I get them?
Here at The Tile Emporium, we stock the newest products from the Porcelanosa design collection, including the two stunning ceramic wall tiles shown below:
Ceramic tiles are one of the most popular types of material used in the home, but have you ever stopped to find out what exactly they are? With so many shapes, styles and designs to choose from, it’s always important to know what it is you’re buying.
Fortunately, we’re here to do just that. We will teach you all you need to know about ceramic tiles, including what they are and why they’re such a popular material to use.
What are Ceramic Tiles?
Ceramic tiles are comprised of sand, natural products and clays. They are then moulded into the desired shape before being fired in a kiln. Once this process has finished, they are either glazed or left au natural in an unglazed form. Glazed ceramic tiles tend to be the more popular option of the two, but the choice really comes down to the individual involved and the overall look they’re going for.
What are the benefits of Ceramic Tiles?
The popularity of ceramic tiles isn’t unjustified – they are well deserving of their merit as a highly effective building material. Here are four of the main reasons why:
- They are incredibly durable.
- They are highly resistant.
- They retain their colour for life.
- They are very easy to clean.
How can I have some installed?
Here at The Tile Emporium, we have rejuvenated our ceramic wall tile displays with these fantastic rustic glazed and crackle glazed brick tiles:
If you are interested in any of these tiles and would like to have them installed, please get in touch with a member of our team either online or by visiting our store in Reigate.
Natural stone is used in kitchens, floors, walls, bathrooms, dining rooms, around swimming pools, building foyers, public areas and façades. Since ancient times, stone has been popular for building and decorative purposes.
The reason you want to seal your natural stone floor is to prevent the following things from occurring and ruining your tiles’ finish and look.
This is the most common form of damage. It is the result of oils or other liquids penetrate deeply into the channels within the stone and deposit material that is effectively impossible to remove without destroying the stone.
This occurs when salts dissolved in water are carried into the stone. The two most common effects are efflorescence and spalling. Salts that expand on crystallization in capillary gaps can cause surface spalling and can exert considerable expansive forces as its crystals grow.
Acid-soluble stone materials such as the calcite (veins) in marble, limestone and travertine, as well as the internal cement that binds the resistant grains in sandstone, react with acidic solutions on contact. Acid erodes the stone, leaving dull marks on polished surfaces. In time it may cause deep pitting, eventually totally obliterating the form. Even mild household acids, including cola, wine, vinegar, lemon juice and milk, can damage vulnerable types of stone. The milder the acid, the longer it takes to etch calcite-based stone; stronger acids can cause irreparable damage in seconds.
This occurs when water or grout moves into the edges of the stone to create an unsightly darkening or “frame” affect. Such harm is usually irreversible.
This occurs when water freezes in the surface pores. The general term is Frost weathering. The water expands on freezing, causing the stone to spall, crumble, or even to crack through.
There are 3 main types of sealant that can be used for natural stone floors, these are:
Generally made from polyurethanes or acrylics. These sealers may be effective at stopping stains but, being exposed on the surface of the material, they tend to wear out relatively quickly, especially on high-traffic areas of flooring. This type of sealer will significantly change the look and slip resistance of the surface, especially when it is wet. These sealers are not breathable i.e. do not allow the escape of water vapour and other gases, and are not effective against salt attack, such as efflorescence and spalling
The most penetrating sealers use siliconates, fluoro-polymers and siloxanes, which repel liquids. These sealers penetrate the surface of the stone enough to anchor the material to the surface. They are generally longer lasting than topical sealers and often do not substantially alter the look of the stone, but still can change the slip characteristics of the surface and do wear relatively quickly. Penetrating sealers often require the use of special cleaners which both clean and top up the repellent ingredient left on the stone surface. These sealers are often breathable to a certain degree, but do not penetrate deeply enough (generally less than 1mm) to be effective against salt attack, such as efflorescence and spalling.
Uses silanes or modified silanes. These are a type of penetrating sealer, which penetrate deeply into the material, impregnating it with molecules which bond to the capillary pores and repels water and / or oils from within the material. Some modified silane sealers impregnate deeply enough to protect against salt attack, such as efflorescence, spalling, picture framing and freeze-thaw spalling. Some silane stone sealers based on nanotechnology claim to be resistant to UV light and higher pH levels found in new masonry and pointing. A good depth of penetration is also essential for protection from weathering and traffic.
We have recently added these porcelain, hexagonal wall and floor tiles to our showroom, perfect for bathrooms or contemporary kitchens.
Here at The Stone Tile Emporium we have recently introduced a range of faux wood effect tiles to our Reigate-based showroom.
These tiles have not only seen a huge increase in demand and popularity in southern European countries, but they are also quickly being incorporated into homes – both old and new – here in the UK.
So, why exactly are they proving so popular? And how can you incorporate them into your own home?
Well, join us as we find out the answers to both these questions and more, highlighting some of the key benefits of choosing them for your home:
- Incredible versatility. Our range of faux wood effect tiles can be used in any room in the house but their most popular placement tends to be in bathrooms and kitchens. This is because many homeowners prefer the look and feel of a wood effect tile over actual wood, due to the maintenance work involved.
- Underfloor heating compatibility. If your home has underfloor heating fitted throughout your kitchen, bathroom, living room, bedroom or anywhere else, faux wood effect tiles are an ideal choice. This is because they are highly compatible, making them a much safer choice to use than alternative tile options.
- Easy to maintain. While it may surprise you to hear, wood effect tiles actually tend to be a lot harder wearing than actual wood and avoid the need for regular oiling. This, in turn, makes them both easier to maintain and less likely to be damaged by heavy furniture.
- Huge range of designs. Whatever the style of the room you’re looking to install tiles in, faux wood effect tiles are available in a range of sizes, styles, designs and finishes. As such, this variety of choice means they can match the colour scheme of more or less any room.
To find out more about the variety of colours, grains and textures our range of faux wood effect tiles are available in, simply contact us at your earliest convenience. Alternatively, come down to our showroom in Reigate to see for yourself.
We have just increased our range of ceramic Moroccan style tiles to include these beauties! Our ranges are growing by the week, so make sure you check our Facebook page and blog to keep up to date with our new products.
These ceramic Brighton wall and floor tiles are perfect for a bathroom wall feature wall or a kitchen splash back due to their clean elegance and easy wipe surfaces.
These are just a few examples of our natural marble stone mosaics and are fine examples of Dark Emprador, Italian Carrara and Marquina marbles respectively. Call in to our shop or visit our showroom for more information on these tiles as well as anything else you may be interested in.