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Ceramic floor tiles vs Porcelain floor Tiles How are they different

Ceramic floor tiles vs Porcelain floor tiles

what’s the story? Ceramic floor tiles and Porcelain floor tiles are a brilliant way to include a sprinkle of colour and curiously designs to your floors and dividers, but which sort of tiles do you select? Is one sort of tile way better than the other? Well, that depends on the see you need to form, your budget and how long you need them to final.

A marvellous choice of colours and patterns :

Both Ceramic Floor Tiles  and Porcelain floor tiles come in a run of excellent colours and designs. Fair take a see at the Instinct Delicate Sea green Light and the Torino Noce Dim Ceramic tiles. But Porcelain tiles offer you a more prominent choice, so in case you're seeking out for something diverse or something that has all the benefits of tiles but looks like marble or wood, at that point take a see at the brilliant run of Porcelain tiles such as the Palatine Marble Matt, the Nordic Light which looks likes wood, and the Imotion Inox which features a shocking metallic wrap up. You’d be difficult pushed to tell them separated from the genuine thing, and you’ll certainly discover a few tiles that culminate for your domestic!

Easy to maintain

Both ceramic tiles and porcelain tiles are very easy to clean and maintain as any dirt and spills can be cleaned up quickly and easily with a cloth. Stains and odours have no chance of sticking to them! This makes both ceramic and porcelain tiles a fantastic way to keep the kitchenbathroom and hallway beautifully clean and sparkling.

Both are durable

With care and proper maintenance, both Ceramic Tiles and Porcelain tiles will look good and last for years, but porcelain tiles will last longer. Porcelain tiles are made from a finer denser type of clay and they are baked at a higher temperature. This makes them much harder than Ceramic tiles, so they don’t chip and scratch so easily. Also, colour is added to Porcelain tiles all the way through (whereas the colour is added only to the surface of a ceramic tile), so you are unlikely to notice any chips and scratches if they do occur – perfect if you’ve got lots of kids and pets running around!

Are you a DIYer?

Getting a professional to lay the tiles will naturally add to the total cost. This may be a consideration for you when it comes to your budget, so you may want to try laying them yourself. If you’re new to laying tiles, then Ceramic tiles may be better for you as they are easier to work with. Porcelain tiles can be slippery and brittle making them harder to handle and cut. You’ll need a lot of patience, but you can minimize these issues by choosing porcelain tiles with a textured or matt finish, like the City Range.

What can you afford?

Ceramic tiles are great if you’re on a really tight budget. However, although porcelain tiles tend to be a little more expensive, in the longer term they’ll give you much greater value for money in terms of longevity and being less easily damaged.

If you’ve still got questions on Ceramic vs Porcelain tiles why not pop in-store and have a chat with one of our Tiling Experts?

 

We look forward to welcoming you.

 

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GRUPO GRIFFIN : CERAMIC ELEVATION TILES

WE ARE GGCL - GGCL GROUPO GRIFFIN CERAMICA LLP.

CERAMIC ELEVATION TILES

How Elevation Tiles Can Augment Exterior Beauty?

There are myriad of interesting and impressive options available in the market that can add beauty and style to your home exterior. In modern days, the use of elevation tiles has grown to a significant level. It is because these tiles are modern and natural-looking tiles which are fast becoming a natural choice among discerning homeowners. These tiles are designed and created keeping in mind the growing demand for grandeur and elegance elevation options. These tiles are an excellent substitute for natural stone.

Grupo Griffin brings the best and most creative range of elevation tiles with timeless appeal for wall cladding. These tiles provide a wide range of appealing and attractive colours providing the best aesthetic colour contrast that grace the house elevation.

Why choosing Elevation Tiles is a great idea?

The elevation tiles come with fine lines and finesse necessary in elevation design. It is one of the trendiest tiles designs available in a cornucopia of appeal and finest colours. These tiles further add the grace and glamour required in exterior areas adding a touch of luxury.

We have an extensive range of stylish and luxurious elevation tile designs adding a lot of style to the home exteriors. Explore our range of tiles and choose something that suits the overall décor and design plan of the house. It must also go well with the surrounding natural elements. An ideal choice of these tiles can augment the look of your home exterior by several notches.

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GGCL Guide: What kind of grout is best for porcelain floor tiles

GLAZED PORCELAIN TILES have now been the most popular construction material for a while. Just like you have been getting options in the material from which the wall and floor tiles are made like ceramic tiles and porcelain tiles, similarly, you also have options in choosing the grout. It is imperative that you choose the ideal grout depending on the tiles you are using, where you are laying them down, etc. For porcelain floor tiles, you have three different types of grouting options viz. The Cement Grout, The Latex Grout and The Epoxy Grout. You should choose one of these based on your requirement.

 

The cement grout: The cement grout is the most widely used grout for indoor and outdoor installations since ages now. The primary reason for the cement grout is so widely used because of its lesser cost as compared to all the other options.  The only downside to using cement grout is that the cement-based grout is porous which makes it susceptible to changes in weather and heavy traffic. Cement grout needs to be sealed regularly to keep it from cracking, crumbling, or taking on dirt, grime, and moisture that can cause mould. Although cement-based grout is a lower-cost alternative, in the long run, it could end up costing more money.

 

Latex modified grout: The latex modifies cement grout is almost same as the sanded cement-based grout. The main difference is that the latex-modified grout is laced with latex polymer which is either incorporated into the pre-mixed powder or added during mixing. The addition of the latex increases water resistance.

 

Epoxy grout: The epoxy grout is generally considered as the most superior choice for any kind of tile projects. The reason being epoxy grout is durable, doesn't need to be sealed, is stain and chemical resistant, and can withstand high traffic and moist areas.

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GGCL Guide: What is the difference between ceramic floor and wall tiles

Today the ceramic tiles have become the most preferred choice for flooring and covering up the walls. The durability, toughness, water resistant nature along with its lustrous surface and affordability makes them the ideal choice of builders and architects. When you are out their making selections for the ceramic tiles to be installed in your homes or offices, it is essential that you make the correct choice between the floor and wall tiles. While most of the shops sell the ceramic tiles as installable on both the floors and walls, it is necessary to know the difference.

 

The difference between the ceramic floor tiles and ceramic wall tiles comes from either their technical differences or their visual differences. The manufacturing of tiles has been according to their suitable use. The ceramic tiles that are manufactured to be used as wall tiles are usually lighter in weight in softer in body composition. The ceramic wall tiles are made such so that they don’t put too much pressure and weight on the wall. Also the drilling and cutting of ceramic wall tiles is easier to accommodate the installation of wall accessories.

 

The ceramic tiles manufactured to be used as floor tiles are generally made sturdier, heavier and with harder body composition. The ceramic floor tiles are made so because the floor faces the most use and the ceramic floor tiles are in for maximum wear and tear. It is essential that these tiles don’t break under normal pressure and neither do they lose their look under the scratches. The ceramic floor tile also has to have a slightly almost unnoticeable textured surface. This is required so has it provides some amount of friction and the surface isn’t very slippery. Also the ceramic floor tiles are usually available in larger sizes as compared to the ceramic wall tiles.

 

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GGCL Guide: What is the best hanger for hanging ceramic tiles on the wall

Since the ceramic wall tiles add such a unique and colorful dynamic to a room, they have become a favorite option, instead of using canvas, for many artists. Although the ceramic wall tiles are quite fragile and are prone to damage of breaking or falling if not hung with proper care. In this article we would be discussing three different styles of hanging the ceramic wall tile art piece on the walls. The tiles are hung depending on the types of enclosure they are in.

 

Hanging the tiles by frame: This is the safest and easiest way to hang the ceramic wall tiles art piece. You begin with measuring the art piece and identifying a picture frame of the size of art piece. Stick the ceramic wall tile pieces on the backer board of the frame. Make sure you use the industrial glue so that the tiles are stuck firmly. Assemble the picture frame once the glue has dried. Screw the pair of metal hangers on the back of the frame and tie a metal string in to the d-rings of the hangers. Hang the entire set up by attaching a metal hanger on the wall.

 

Attaching hangers to the tiles: For the ceramic wall tiles art pieces which aren’t framed, you can directly hang them on the wall.

For this, you need to start off by sticking a pair of hanging rings about 0.64 cm way down the tile edge. Use industrial strength glue to stick the hanging rings. Tie a metal string in to the d-rings of the hangers. Hang the entire set up by attaching a metal hanger on the wall.

 

Securing the Tiles with mortar: This method is identical to installing the ceramic wall tiles. You can apply the mortar over the wall and stick the ceramic tiles art piece directly on it.

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GGCL Guide: What is needed to put ceramic tiles on kitchen wall

The ceramic wall tiles have become an ideal choice for covering up the kitchen walls because of their fire resistant nature along with ease of cleaning and long durable life span. Installing the ceramic wall tiles on the kitchen wall is similar to installing ceramic tiles on walls. In one of our earlier articles, we have covered the steps of installing ceramic wall tiles on walls, so in this article we would be sharing with you the tools required to put up or install ceramic wall tiles on the kitchen walls.

 

The tools and materials required to put up or install ceramic wall tiles on the kitchen walls are as follows:

  1. Ceramic wall tiles
  2. Thin-set tile adhesive or mortar
  3. Trowel
  4. Masking tape
  5. Utility knife
  6. Tape measure
  7. Rubber mallet
  8. Tile cutter, preferably diamond blade wet saw
  9. Tile nippers for fine cutting the edges
  10. Eye protection while cutting the tiles.
  11. Grout
  12. Sponge
  13. Bucket

Once you have all the required tools and materials, you can go ahead and start the ceramic wall tiles installation process on the predefined kitchen wall.

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GGCL Guide: What is a good mortar for large porcelain floor tiles

Mortar is the adhesive material which is used to bonds bricks and other units of masonry together; it is also used to adhere tiles to an underlayment. Mortar also provides structural integrity to the walls, floors, and other structure but is also flexible enough to allow shifting without cracking. Although it must be noted that mortar isn’t same as cement, concrete, or grout. Cement is the binding element found in both mortar and concrete. Concrete is a much stronger material than mortar and is often used on its own to build walls, floors, and other building components. Grout is formulated without the lime additive found in mortar, and it has high water content. Grout doesn’t adhere materials together, but rather serves only to fill the gaps between tiles.

 

While we have been classifying mortar as just another bonding agent, all the mortars aren’t the same. The mortar itself comes into four different types and each type of mortar serves a different purpose. Each type of mortar has different characteristics, such as compressive strength, flexibility, and bonding properties. You need to identify your requirements and choose the mortar based on your task specific requirements.

 

The mortar type S and type N are quite similar with having strength of 1800 psi and 750 psi respectively. The type S mortar is relatively stronger and is ideal for use on the exterior walls and outdoor patios. It’s ideal for applications where the building materials come into contact with the ground. The type N mortar is recommended for interior load-bearing walls. The type N mortar withstands high heat, low temperatures, and severe weather and is considered to be a general-purpose mix. Based on our study of all the four types of mortar, it can be safely said that type S mortar should be used with the porcelain floor tiles used on the outside and type N mortar should be used with the porcelain floor tiles installed in the interior.

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GGCL Guide: What do I need to install porcelain tiles on a cement floor

In this article we will cover the tools needed for installing the porcelain tiles on a cement floor and the process of installation too.

Tools you would be requiring are:

  1. Safety glasses
  2. Rubber gloves
  3. Anti-fracture material
  4. Paintbrush & Paint Roller
  5. Modified thinset mortar
  6. Chalk line
  7. Mixer Paddle
  8. Grout
  9. Grout Scraper
  10. Buckets & sponges

 

The installation process would be:

To start off, apply a layer of primer and paint or any other water proofing, anti-fracture material on the concrete surface. You can use the fine tip paint brush to cover all the nooks and crannies, and roller to cover the majority of the area. Let this dry off for 24 hours. Dry fit the tiles on the floor for the measurement and layout purposes. Mark the tiles that either needs to be cut or trimmed. Use chalk lines to draw the crosshair at the center of the area to be tiled. This is where you would be starting from.

 

Mix the thinset mortar and let it rest for 5-10 minutes according to the manufacturer’s instructions. With a paddle, apply the thinset mortar on the grid marked crosshair. Carefully place the porcelain floor tile on the thinset mortar and apply even pressure to ensure proper bonding. Repeat the process till all the tiles have been laid down. Next apply the grout between the edges and joints. Let the grout sit for 20 minutes and then use the grout scraper to wipe off the excess grout. Fill a bucket with clear water; dip the clean sponge in it. Use the damp sponge to wipe off the installation. Let the grout and thinset mortar dry for 24 hours before beginning the regular use.

 

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GGCL Guide: What adhesive to use for porcelain floor tiles

 In the process of covering your walls or flooring of your offices or home, it is equally important to select the type of adhesive you would be using. We use tile adhesive to stick our tiles to walls and floors. There is a wide range of variety of substrates and tile types with GGCL, therefore it is very vital that the correct adhesive is chosen to ensure your tiles stay in place for years to come. The different types of adhesives react differently with different substrates. So it gets elementary to identify and choose the ideal substrate based on your requirements.

 

Let us take a brief look at the most commonly used and available substrate options. For the wall tiles, walls are the prominent substrate. The walls are either plastered or the plasterboards are used in absences of plastered walls. On the floor, we either have timber floorboard or concrete. The timber floorboard consists of marine grade plywood (minimum 15mm thickness) or a tile backing board on top. While timber floorboard doesn’t require a longer dry off period, concrete bases generally require weeks of drying period before you can start working on it.

 

Based on the substrate you are working on, you can select between the ready mixed pastes and powdered adhesives. For the plastered walls and plasterboards, you can use ready mixed pastes if you are sticking small tiles. For larger porcelain tiles, powdered adhesive is more suitable. Ready mixed pastes can never be used to tile floors. You must always use the powdered adhesive. The main things to consider when choosing the right powdered adhesive are colour, flexibility and the open, or setting time. The colour of powdered adhesive should be matching with the grout. The flexibility of adhesive must be considered when the floor tiles experience lots of vibration or movement. The setting time must be considered because the faster the adhesive sets, the sooner you can get onto grouting and finishing your room.