This is what the materials used to make tiles are made from.
Can you tell us what the tiles are made of? First of all, you should know that they can be made with either a red body or white body, depending on the design or finish that we want to give to the material.
Although in this article we will go deeper into the characteristics of each of these materials, the most relevant difference between red and white body lies in the clays and sands used in their manufacture, which lead to differences in their properties and characteristics.
Red body tiles (or clay with a high acid content that gives them their characteristic colour) are mainly used in interiors, as they do not withstand sudden changes in temperature. In addition, their sizes are smaller than those of white body and they are usually edged or bevelled.
Thus, they create what is known as ceramic gres, a more porous material than porcelain tile with an excellent quality-price ratio and very versatile when it comes to using it in architectural, renovation or interior design projects.
On the other hand, if there is one thing that makes white body (or white clay) stand out, it is for achieving more realistic and perfect finishes than red body. This raw material is used to manufacture porcelain gres, giving rise to a very resistant tile, less porous and much denser than ceramic gres. It is also a material that stands out for its great resistance and versatility. Its cost is somewhat higher and its installation somewhat more complex.
It is a material that stands out for its great resistance and versatility.
Both materials also have differences when it comes to installation. Red body tiles are usually smaller than porcelain tiles, which are available in large sizes. In addition, the design and material of gres floors allow for slightly larger joints, which facilitates the laying process.
When it comes to porcelain tile floors, installation requires more experience, especially when we are talking about large pieces that may have very thin or almost invisible joints when the material is rectified.
Despite their differences (obvious and not so obvious), in general, both materials can be used both for floor and wall tiles, although they differ in their resistance and recommendations for use.
However, thanks to the wide range of options offered by ceramics, you are sure to find the material that best suits your needs and the place where you are going to place it.
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