Types of rectified tile
One of the most widely used materials for rectified tiles is porcelain because of its high level of durability and resistance to fading, staining, and scratching. Finding a style that matches your intended aesthetic is simple with rectified porcelain tiles because they are available in a variety of colours and textures.
Porcelain tiles are very simple to install, making them perfect for DIY tasks. In contrast to ceramic tiles, they can be a little pricier.
If you are on a budget, ceramic tiles can be a cheaper option than porcelain, although they are less durable. Made from clay and fired at high temperatures until they become dense and hard, ceramic tiles are available in a wide range of colours, designs, sizes and textures. A disadvantage of ceramic rectified tile is that they are more fragile than porcelain and can crack over time.
How to install a rectified tile
When it comes to laying a rectified tile, it can be a tricky process, but it’s well worth the effort for a beautiful result.
- The first step is to measure your space carefully. When ordering your tiles, we always recommend ordering an extra 10% to allow for any wastage due to cuts or breakages.
- When your tiles arrive, check each and every one carefully – the last thing you want is to spot any chips or faults after they have been installed!
- Before any tiles are laid, decide on the placement of the tiles to allow for any patterns to be followed or cuts required.
- A key stage in the installation process is to ensure the concrete wall or floor you are installing the tiles on is level. This is the case with any type of tile. Any large cracks will need to be filled in and the surface should be waterproofed to add a layer of protection
- After that, ensure that the surface is cleaned thoroughly to eliminate any debris, dirt or dust.
- A rectified tile should be laid in a precise grid-like pattern. Thanks to the accuracy and precision of the tile cutting, when you place each tile on the wall or floor, they should line up perfectly.
How to maintain a rectified tile
Tile cleaning is often an overlooked task, but if you treat your tiles with love, they will continue to look amazing and last for many years. If a rectified tile isn’t cleaned frequently, then dust and dirt can build up, so it’s important to try and clean your tiles at least once a week. We suggest a damp cloth or mop and a gentle, pH-neutral cleaner that is suitable for tiled surfaces. Some cleaners can be very abrasive or harsh – they can cause discolouration and damage to the tile, so read labels carefully.
Keep an eye on the sealant around your tiles and replace any that it getting worn away or too dirty. When choosing sealant, opt for one that is designed for ceramic or porcelain surfaces.
And finally, don’t forget to clean your grout, although with such small grout lines this won’t take you very long!