Ceramic Tile Benefits

What are the tiles made from? 

Ceramic is primarily made up of clays, quartziferous sands, glass substances and other minerals. Only natural raw materials are used, mixed with water and fired at high temperaturesto create a naturally beautiful product and to achieve hardness and durability. Did you know? Ceramic tile is…

  • Fire Resistant
  • Fade resistant
  • Safe – slip resistant
  • Non-conductive – will not produce a shock
  • An aid to insulation
  • Mechanically, one of the strongest surfacing materials

Ceramic tile improves air quality

  • Tile is neither an original nor secondary source of air pollution.
  • Tile will not absorb odors.  Therefore, smoke, paint fumes or other contaminants do not linger.
  • There are generally no fibers, gases or toxic by-products when installing ceramic tile.
  • Tile is chemically inert and inhibits the growth of mold, fungus and other viruses.


Build a healthy home – Ceramic tile provides…

Health BenefitsReduction in allergies, improved air quality
Energy EfficiencyAids in insulation
Resource efficiencyRenewable, plentiful raw material
The EnvironmentManufacturer recycling of production energy and waste materials, non landfill burdening
AffordabilityLast a lifetime


Are ceramic products more or less expensive than other flooring materials?

Ceramic tile prices are competitive, especially if you take into account more than just the initial expenditure: adding up the cost of materials, installation, maintenance and possible repairs or replacements, ceramic tiles are the most economic material for floor, wall and façade covering.


Cost Effectiveness (relative to 2000 pricing)

Wall ProductsInstalled CostsUseable LifespanMaintenance/YearReplacement Cost40 yr CostTotal Cost/Year
Ceramic Tile$5.21LIFE$0.18NONE$12.41$0.31
Painted Plaster$4.155 yrs$0.21$0.61$17.43$0.44
Wallpaper, Fabric$4.907 yrs$0.50$2.10$36.90$0.92
Floor – Products      
Ceramic Tile$6.19LIFE$1.22NONE$54.99$1.39
Carpet$1.9310 yrs$1.53$2.24$72.09$1.80
Vinyl, Waxfree2.729 yrs$1.39$3.43$73.56$1.84


Classifications of tile:

Class 0Wall use only – technically unsuitable for floors.
Class 1Residential and Commercial wall and bare foot floor traffic.
Class 2Wall and residential bath floor, soft-soled floor traffic.
Class 3All residential walls and floors and light commercial.
Class 4Medium Commercial, light industrial and institutional, moderate
Class 5Chemically more resistant, extra heavy traffic, abrasive dirt.

Water absorption %. Did you know?

Low rates provide frost resistance

  • Vitreous 0.5 – 3%
  • Impervious 0 – 0.5%

Higher rates enhance bonding

  • Semi-Vitreous  3 – 7%
  • Non-Vitreous   > 7%

What are the advantages of porcelain tile?

The wide range of colours and textures and an accurate recreation of the look of natural stones, granites, slates, travertines, limestones, marbles, quartzites, terracottas and even woods and metals, combined with the low maintenance of ceramics and the technical properties of a hard-wearing material which is resistant to all weather conditions, chemical attack, scratches, stains, fading, heavy loads and fire.

What are the advantages of glazed ceramics?

The beauty and variety of colours, of designs and of decorations made available by glazed tiles has always been one of the most valued qualities of ceramic products in general. The glaze also makes cleaning easier and hygienically more effective.

Glazed porcelain tile combines the aesthetical qualities and the ease of maintenance of ceramic tiles with the durability and surface hardness of its vitrified porcelain body, suitable for both commercial and domestic applications, indoors as well as outdoors.

Ceramic Tile Benefits