What is Homogeneous Tiles? Homogeneous tiles are among the strongest floor materials commercially available. Made of special clay and tiling materials, they are subjected to firing temperature exceeding 1500-degree centigrade. This process ensures strength and water-tightness of the resulting product. They are also called full-body porcelain tiles, or unglazed porcelain tiles, because their colours go all the way from the surface through the entire thickness of the tiles. If the exposed surface of these materials chips or wears off, it will not show as much as it does in glazed tiles. Thus, these tiles are often used for the longer term because they are highly unlikely to warp after years of use.
With these qualities, homogeneous tiles are often preferred as flooring for areas with heavy foot traffic, such as commercial areas catering to the general public and outdoor spaces in many homes. Designers and building constructing companies find limitless potential and practical use of these through-body tiles. They are also popular as floor and wall surface cover for most interior living spaces, condominiums and HDB flats in Singapore. These products definitely exceed wood and regular ceramics in durability.
Homogeneous tiles have incredibly low water absorption quality. At 0.3%, the homogeneous tiles’ absorption rate is much lower than that of porcelain tiles which is 0.5% and that of regular ceramic tiles which can be up to 25%. This water-impervious quality makes homogeneous tiles the top choice for kitchens, bathrooms and other rooms in the house that are often wet or exposed to moisture. Smaller squares are commonly used for flooring in showers and toilets because they are good for facilitating water flow to the drain, while bigger-sized square tiles are used for bigger rooms.
Marble, granite and other natural stone tiles may have some advantage over homogeneous tiles; however, the latter consistently has the edge in terms of ease of maintenance and low cost. The price may be more expensive than regular ceramics but definitely cheaper than stone tiles. Installation cost is lower, too, and maintenance cost is practically very low or none at all. While marble, granite and natural stones need to be regularly polished and sealed, homogeneous tiles need only to be washed or wiped off of moisture, dirt or stain. Lay and install tiles at a minimum gap of 1mm to 2 mm, or at the gap tolerance specified by your supplier to avoid popping of tiles years after installation. This tip further ensures longevity cost-effectiveness of your homogeneous tiles.
They’re practically applicable anywhere, assuming the look of slate and natural stones. They effortlessly blend with the feel and aesthetics you want to attain in a room or landscape. In that aspect, they take the exact properties of ceramic and porcelain tiles, except that these uniform-bodied tiles are more durable and impermeable.
Are you planning to give your commercial establishment a new look? Or are you thinking of a renovation project to update the design of your home? We invite you to view the collection of homogeneous tiles we offer in our showroom. We supply the latest in homogeneous tile products and offer a wide range of services designed to satisfy your needs.