The advantages of ceramic and porcelain tiles - Dec 20

We absolutely love tiles here at CTD Architectural Tiles. We are so passionate about the products we work with and just one of the reasons for this is the many advantages of ceramic or porcelain tile as a wall and floor cladding option versus other materials. If you think about it, this incredibly versatile product has featured prominently as part of the buildings humans have built for hundreds of years. From medieval church floors, to Roman villas and Moroccan Riads through to all manner of modern uses the world has been tiled with, well… Tile.

We would just like to take a step back and highlight four of the lesser known qualities that make ceramic and porcelain tile one of the most versatile materials to include in a project.

Natural and Sustainable

Range: Loft

Ceramic is made from water, clay and fire - three elements that help create a material which is free of toxic substances – an appealing alternative to materials such as plastic laminates or vinyl. Working with manufacturers like MOSA Tile means we have access to the most sustainable tiles on the planet thanks to their Cradle to Cradle silver accreditation that underpins their whole production process. We also have other eco winners in the portfolio such as the Loft range from Rondine that has an incredible 55% to 75% recycled content. View our EPD Accredited style with all our ranges that are from manufacturers who have an accredited Environmental Product Declaration

Resistant

Project: Nandos Plymouth

A tiled floor will last as long as the building it is in; properly installed, tile provides a very long-life cycle without the need for excessive maintenance. This leads some people to consider tile - a more advantageous choice than wood or parquet flooring. In addition to the inherent hardness of the product, it also offers a strong resistance to external agents (temperature, humidity, chemical elements, impact resistance etc) ceramic material is an incombustible material that helps prevents the spread of fire. So it is therefore ideal for restaurants and hotels. Tile is also water resistant, which helps to prevent the growth of mould on its surface creating an ideal product for spa or swimming pools projects.

Hygienic

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Another of its great advantages is its anti-allergic characteristics. It is a very hygienic material which is easy to clean, this prevents the development of germs and bacteria - a great attribute compared to other materials such as carpet. Partner factories Iris Ceramica and LEA Ceramiche have developed tiles whose surfaces contain an anti-microbial shield featuring silver ion technology integrated into the actual tiles. This is proven to eliminate up to 99.9% of surface bacteria and the results of this? Floors and wall coverings that are always protected, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Better hygiene and easier cleaning for safety and peace of mind.

Versatile

Project: Nandos Oxford

Finally, but no less importantly we can emphasize the great importance of ceramics as a decorative element, being a very versatile material that can be adapted into infinite shapes, sizes and aesthetics. It is a great choice for both indoors and outdoors, walls and floors. For underwater in swimming pools or for outdoor flooring and large public spaces. Take a look at our projects for a glimpse at some of our fabrication work where we are cutting tile into abstract patterns or steps and pool copings.

Take another look at tile, it does it all! Discover a selection of our wall and floor tiles and take advantage of our free sample service.

Contact Us

If you would like to find out more information about our tiles, please do not hesitate to contact a CTD Architectural Specification Manager.

Telephone: 0800 021 4835 | Email: info@ctdarchitecturaltiles.co.uk