Ceramic Tile – A Layman’s History

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Prior to obtaining ceramic tiles, it’s first good to understand what they’re produced from. What really is “ceramic”? The root of the English word “ceramic” is in fact the Greek word Keramos referring to potter’s clay or pottery. A natural product made from clay, other minerals and lastly water is called ceramic tile. It’s name suggests it. From all of these unimpressive beginnings spring a bewildering number of shades, shapes, sizes as well as textures. Ceramic tile is actually produced in one of two ways despite its many varieties. What are they?

Twin Brothers – Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile is usually produced in one of two ways. Taking of shale or natural clay and extruding it, that is essentially passing it through a small tube or opening then shaping it into tiles is one way of creating ceramic tiles. Taking minute particles of tile minerals and pressing them together under high pressure to make the body of the ceramic tile is yet another method of producing the tile. Later these tiles are fired inside a kiln which fuses the little particles into a strong tile body. So the ceramic tiles you use will be one of these “twin” brothers. Many will be glazed and others will probably be left unglazed.

Ceramic Tile Strength

Just as person’s background can impact whether or not he gets hired for any job, understanding the background of how a ceramic tile is made will make the real difference between buying a tile of superior quality or an inferior one. The reason? As mentioned, tile is hardened by pressure. The greater its strength will be when there is a greater pressure during the creation of the tile. The effectiveness of the ceramic tile is shown by its psi (pounds of pressure for sq . inch) rating. Simply how much pressure it can take before breaking is shown in this rating. A tile of good quality if it has a rating of 250 pounds/psi.

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