FAQ

Que. Will tile fade over time if exposed to direct sunlight?
Ans. No. A tile's color and glaze are fired on at temperatures up to 2300 deg. F. This allows tile to be installed in sunrooms, outdoors, or any other sunny places without concern about fading. Bells DFF tiles are suitable for this kind of location.

 

Que. Are ceramic tiles environment-friendly?
Ans. Ceramic tiles are made from natural raw materials using the most up-to-date technology for safe-guarding the environment. ORIENT BELL LTD has obtained ISO 14001 which relate to eco-management, and periodically provides a statement of its environmental performance and its improvement programme.

 

Que. Do tiles deteriorate over time?
Ans. The durability of ceramic tiles is superior to that of almost all the other surface finishes on the market. By choosing the most suitable product for your installation, taking due care during laying and cleaning regularly, combined with the manufacturer's experience, their long life is ensured.

 

Que. Are ceramic products more or less expensive than other flooring materials?
Ans. Ceramic tile prices are competitive, especially if you take into account more than just the initial expenditure: adding up the cost of materials, installation, maintenance and possible repairs or replacements, ceramic tiles are the most economic material for floor, wall and fade covering.

 

Que. Do ceramic tiles require maintenance?
Ans. Only a minimum of effort is required to keep surfaces in good condition, due to the fact that glazed wall tiles and flooring are resistant to dirt and not microporous. If laid correctly and washed regularly with plain water, quality ceramic flooring will maintain over time the appearance and the specifications of the product when new. Furthermore, glazed ceramic tiles involve less maintenance than natural stones and marbles.

 

Que. How do you calculate the quantity of tiles that you need to order?
Ans. Once the surfaces in question have been measured by the TILE CALCULATOR, we recommend that you increase the amount required by ten-fifteen percent to allow for waste from laying and future repairs.

 

Que. Can tile make a small room look larger?
Ans. Yes, larger tiles give a cleaner look and can actually make a small area look larger. Depending on the room's size, a 12 inch or 13 inch tile will create the illusion of a larger room.

 

Que. What is the difference between standard ceramic tiles and porcelain tiles?
Ans. Tile terminology can be confusing. Most types of tiles that are made from clay or a mixture of clay and other materials, then kiln-fired, are considered to be a part of the larger classification called Ceramic Tiles. These tiles can be split into two groups, porcelain tiles and non-porcelain tiles. These non-porcelain tiles are frequently referred to as ceramic tiles by themselves, separate from porcelain tiles. Ceramic or non-porcelain tiles are generally made from red or white clay fired in a kiln. They are almost always finished with a durable glaze which carries the color and pattern. These tiles are used in both wall tile and floor tile applications, are softer and easier to cut than porcelain, and usually carry a PEI 0 to 3 rating. Porcelain tile is a tile that is generally made by the dust pressed method from porcelain clays which result in a tile that is dense, impervious, fine grained and smooth, with a sharply formed face. Porcelain tiles usually have a much lower water absorption rate (less than 0.5%) than non-porcelain tiles making them frost resistant or frost-proof. Glazed porcelain tiles are much harder and more wear and damage resistant than non-porcelain ceramic tiles, making them suitable for any application from light traffic to the heaviest residential and light commercial traffic. Full body porcelain tiles carry the color and pattern through the entire thickness of the tile making them virtually impervious to wear and are suitable for any application from residential to the highest traffic commercial or industrial applications.

 

Que. Can ceramic tile be used outdoors?
Ans. To be used outdoors, we recommend the tile must be frost proof and unglazed for floor use. Make sure the absorption rate is 0.5% or less. And BELLS group V tiles which is scratch resistance and resistance to the other natural changes in temp is suitable for high traffic area.

 

Que. What is the difference between glazed and full-body tiles?
Ans. Glazed tiles are coated with a liquid glass, which is then baked into the surface of the clay. The glaze provides an unlimited array of colors and designs as well as protects the tile from staining. The unglazed tiles are pretty much the same as the glazed tile, except that their surface is not coated. Full-body porcelain tiles do not show wear because their color extends throughout the tile, making them ideal for commercial applications.

 

Que. Where can your tiles be used and what is a PEI rating?
Ans. PEI classes range from 0 to 5. The Porcelain Enamel Institute rating scale is not a measurement of quality. It is a scale that clearly indicates the areas of use each manufacturer recommends and has designed their tile to fit. A PEI 2 tile has been designed for areas where very low traffic and soiling is anticipated. In most cases the aesthetic detailing of these tiles is of prime consideration. You will often find high gloss levels, vibrant colorations and metallic elements in this group of tile. Conversely, a PEI 5 tile has been designed for abusive extra heavy foot traffic. The technical aspects such as surface abrasion resistance will be considered and must be achieved first before aesthetic effects are incorporated.

 

Que. Quality - How do I know if the ceramic tile I've selected is good quality and value?
Ans. Labor costs, exchange rates, quality of product, and business practices of your supplier of tile are all functions of what price it will sell for. First, determine quality by requesting data sheets showing recommendations for usage and limitations, and showing test results per industry standards. A rule-of-thumb is that less absorbing tiles are denser and more durable which is important for floor tiles. If you get a tile that is in the category of vitreous (0.5% to 3% absorption) or impervious (less than or equal to 0.5% - as porcelain tile is suppose to be) then the body of the tile is normally very durable. There are other factors in terms of hardness of the glaze of the tile which is normally measured relative to the MOHs Scratch Hardness scale. The MOH rating is important relative to wearability of the glaze, particularly for commercial high traffic areas, and for chip resistance. Chemical resistance is important for swimming pools tiles and kitchen countertop tiles that are normally exposed to acidic conditions which can cause deterioration and etching which is a permanent stain. This type of information is not as important for tiles only recommended for walls. Foremost, make sure the manufacturer of the tile recommends its use for your type of application and work with a reputable supplier. Also, make sure you hire a qualified installer who knows how to install ceramic tile correctly based on your type of application. Your tile is only as good as its installation!