Tile and stone terminology can be confusing at times. Below, we've described the Types of Tile terms you might find on our website or product sheets to help you better understand our products.
Types of Tiles
Here is a breakdown of the tile classifications.
Full Body Porcelain
Colour through body tile; where the colour and pattern are created with the clays and run throughout the entire body of the tile. They may be polished or honed, unglazed or enhanced.
Through Body Porcelain
Tiles that have the colour running throughout the body, but the pattern does not. The pattern is often created with silk screens or digital ink imprinting. This application may or may not include glazes.
Tiles where the colour and pattern are achieved with glazes and the body of the tile may not have a similar colour. In order to achieve porcelain status, the tile must have absorption of less than o.5%
Double Pressed Porcelain
A type of Through Body tile where the clay is pressed twice, once to achieve the pattern and the second to create the back of the tile without the pattern.
Ceramic / Non Porcelain
Tiles where the colour and pattern are pattern are chieved with glazes and the body of the tile may or may not have a similar colour. Water absorption is greater than 0.5% and typically between 0.5%-7%