Tiles of the Future

Thanks to their eco friendly quotient, ceramic tiles and vitrified tiles are a preferred option for floors and walls.

The ceramic tile industry, as a product segment, has grown to a sizeable chunk today. The key driver for this industry is the boom in the housing sector, with government policies fuelling this growth at an exponential rate. “Ceramic flooring products are produced with clay. In these type of tiles, glaze is added and there is a decorative shiny finish on the top most clay layer. They are among the most eco-friendly tiles, whereas the procedure of vitrification makes the product non porous and calls for a great amount of care. Vitrified tiles are homogenous in nature and manual polish is need to achieve a shiny look.

Tiles are usually used for floors and walls for hygienic reasons, apart from aesthetics. Before installing tiles, it’s important to have a smooth base to begin with. Vitrified tiles are easy to install and maintain as well. Apart from being durable and long lasting, the non-stain quality of vitrified tiles make them ideal for all kinds of flooring. Vitrified tiles have very low porosity. This makes them stain resistant and very strong. They are usually not as brittle as plain ceramic tiles and can withstand heat better. Compared to marble or natural granite, Vitrified tiles are scratch resistant and do not react with acids, alkalis and chemicals. They are easy to clean, fireproof and are approved as breathe easy flooring for asthma patients.

Polished vitrified tiles are available in large sizes, in a variety of sophisticated shades and delicate patterns. Full body vitrified tiles have colour throughout the body of the tile which makes scratch less variable. Nano polished vitrified tiles are smoother in feel. Glazed vitrified tiles offer the choice of making any sort of designs which is only feasible in this type of tiles. Textures like wooden, bamboo, slate or granite are feasible with GVT. These tiles can give the interiors a picture perfect look.

Tile manufacturing companies have also started using recycled content in their products to push sustainability goals. Recycled ceramic tiles are  generally not 100% recycled, but contain a substantial portion of recycled material. The content of recycled material varies in type and percentage, depending on the manufacturers. It could range from 20-70 percent of recycled content with the higher end being obviously better. Generally a product is considered green if it contains at least 40% post industrial recycled material or atleast 20% post consumer recycled material.  Any waste in terms of raw material like clay, glaze, frit or semi-furnished material would be recycled content. The waste heat and energy is also recycled.