Glazed and unglazed porcelain tiles are both made the same way – by pressing and firing pieces of clay at very high temperatures until they form incredibly hard, dense and long-lasting tiles.
But unlike their unglazed relatives, glazed tiles get a second go-around in the kiln. A layer of liquid glass is added to the top of the tile, which becomes the glaze as it sets.
Glazed tiles are typically very hard to stain, and incredibly easy to clean. Simply going over them with a damp mop every now and then will usually do the trick.
Any of our jaw-dropping, I-can’t-believe-it-isn’t-real wood-look, marble and stone imitation tiles are glazed.
Thanks to advances in high-resolution inkjet printing, there are no limits to the designs available for porcelain tiles. From patterns to photographs or ultra-realistic natural timber, marble or store imitations, anything is possible.
To make sure designs will last as long as the tiles themselves (a very long time!), printed tiles need a protective layer of glaze applied to the top. For this reason, all printed tiles including timber look tiles, our terrazzo tiles and marble look tiles are glazed tiles.