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What is glazed through body porcelain tile?

For a glazed through body porcelain tile, pigments are added to the mixture before glazing. That is to guarantee the perfect matches of colour for the body of tile with the glaze surface. The advantage of this is if the glaze surface is chipped or worn out, the colour of the body beneath closely resembles the colour of the glazed surface, hence the damage is unnoticeable. Identical to glazed porcelain, the hardness of glaze is tested using an index from the Porcelain Enamel Institute with the rating scale from 0 – 5 classification.

All tiles are classified under PEI rating, although it is more common with floor tiles. The 5-scale rating is as follows:

• PEI 0 - No foot traffic (wall tile only)
• PEI 1 - Very light traffic (e.g. bathroom)
• PEI 2 - Light traffic (e.g. bathroom and bedroom)
• PEI 3 - Light to moderate traffic (most domestic floors; no heavy appliances/traffic)
• PEI 4 - Moderate to heavy traffic (e.g. door entry, kitchen, balcony, some commercial)
• PEI 5 - Heavy traffic (all domestic/commercial uses with heavy abrasion/footfall)
• Today, most ceramic floor tiles carry a PEI rating from 3 to 4, with porcelain tiles ranging from PEI 3 to 5.

Differences between porcelain and ceramic tile

Porcelain and ceramic tile are almost the same, with just a slight difference with one another. Let us dig a little deeper into the differences before you make the huge irreversible installation of tile in any of your space.

Porcelain tile is made from denser and finer clay and is fired at very high temperatures whereas ceramic tile is generally made from mixtures of red and white clay and is finished with a durable glaze which carries the colour and pattern of the finished tile. Attributed to its manufacturing and finishing, porcelain tile is not prone to wear and chipping as compared to ceramic tile. It is tougher and difficult to cut porcelain tile compared to ceramic tile. Porcelain tile resists scratches, resists stains and is more robust and durable as compared to ceramic tile. Nevertheless, ceramic tile is usually suitable for very light to moderate traffic whereas porcelain tile is suitable for light to the heaviest of traffic.

Ceramic Tiles versus Porcelain Tiles
  Ceramic Tiles Porcelain Tiles
Natural Properties Mixtures of red and white clay. Less refined and not purified. Denser and finer clay. More refined and purified.
Colour Baked on top only. Runs through the whole tile, from top to bottom.
Characteristics:
• Durability
• Scratch Resistant
• Stains Resistant
• Hardness
Less Durable
Gets scratched easily
Absorbs moisture and stains stay easily.
Softer body. Easier to cut.
Suitable for very light to moderate traffic.
More robust and durable
Scratch resistant
Denser, less likely to absorb moisture and stains resistant.
Hard Body. Requires proper equipment and professional to cut.
Suitable for light to the heaviest traffic.
Uses Walls. Versatile; Can be used for walls and floors, indoors and outdoors.
Maintenance Requires more care and time to maintain. Easily cleaned with soap and water.

Flooring fight - Tile vs. wood flooring vs. carpet

Many homeowners always face a tough time when it comes to the decision on which flooring to choose. But fret not, read on and you will have a better understanding on which trumps the other, and will ease your difficulty in deciding.

Wood Flooring

There are many varieties and choices in today’s wood flooring market. As the price of wood flooring varies from the materials and other different factors, having natural wooden substance can definitely bring cosiness into the home. However, the probabilities of deterioration are fairly high. Wooden flooring is needed to be away from direct sunlight as the colour of wood will fade after a period of time.

Wood flooring need lots of attention as it is susceptible to bad water damage. Bloated, puffy and distorted floors may happen if water is not wiped off immediately. Wood flooring are like pets, it requires more attention and maintenance. Proper cleaning such as regular wipe and vacuum is essential to prevent scratches that will make the entire flooring unpleasant. But when cleaning no longer restores shine, waxing, recoating and possibilities of refinishing is the next step.

Carpet

Homeowners can enjoy an economical and affordable option that adds a warm touch to any home with the right choice of carpet. Compared to tile and wood flooring, carpet is the cheapest option and by far has a huge range of colours, style and textures, patterns and qualities selection to fit their sense of style perfectly.

Carpet will be the right option for homeowners who wishes to change their home décor every few years due to the ease of installation. Although carpet can feel luxurious and warm on bare feet, it takes an enormous effort to maintain the look and feel of the product. Carpet has unique benefits of holding the dirt, dust, contaminants and allergens that enter or descend the floor. The option of selecting carpet needs a thorough consideration if dust allergies are of concern. Carpeted flooring will create a catastrophe situation for pet lovers as well. Besides that, extra cautiousness is needed if carpet is in use, as stains can easily set in should food or drink spills. In a recent research by the Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI), customers tend to stray away from carpet due to cleaning and maintenance issues. In this current market, it is challenging and costly to look for a proper carpet cleaning service. However, repeated carpet cleaning can leave a sticky residue mark on the carpet making it looking not as beautiful as before. Other than that, a weekly vacuum session is essential to ensure the carpet is clean and dust free.

Tile

The varieties for a tiled floor are virtually unlimited. Creative homeowners can unleash their creativity and put their ideas into custom designs that would make their floor an exclusive and unique piece of art. Tiles have been valued for its beauty and durability for centuries. Designed to be trouble-free with very minimal maintenance and cleaning needed, sweep, wipe or a spray of your preferred cleaning solution the everlasting beauty will be maintained.

As always, style, outlook and resale value has to be taken into account. The style and appearance of tile has a great compatibility to any décor. Whether it’s contemporary or rustic ethnic style, tiles definitely have a colour and texture to fit every need. Studies have also shown that tiled homes do have higher resale and appraisal values compared to homes with other flooring methods.

Imagination and creativity is the only limitation of installing tiles. It can adapt into any place with any patterns. During the early years, adaptability of tiles were explored in many unthinkable great places such as kitchens, bathrooms, shower stalls, living areas, even in bedrooms and outdoor gardens and patios as tiles are made to be weather, fade and frost resistant. So start upgrading the look of your home.

Making the decision

Before concluding and making the final decision on your flooring option, ponder and compare the list of features to ensure the selection fits your needs, budget and value for money.

Price – For a better quality product with everlasting beauty, expect to pay a little more as in the long run, this decision will prove its returns with a vast of fundamental and intrinsic values. Niro Granite’s porcelain tiles have always been known to be elegant, natural and simple which ensures lasting beauty and appeal. This should be a factor when deciding on which flooring material to use as renovation works can be messy and you would prefer to do it just once. Eliminating the wear and tear situation, the best decision is to select the option with minimal maintenance yet provide higher resale and perceived value. Porcelain tiles have been proven to last a lifetime and with the minimalist and everlasting designs of Niro Granite tiles, you will just have to make that decision once.

Maintenance – Any type of flooring will require some form of maintenance. Wood flooring needs sealing, waxing and ultimately refinishing, while carpet will require constant vacuum and cleaning. In such circumstances, tiles need minimal maintenance with just normal sweeping and cleaning to have it looking as good as new.

Porcelain tiles are also a good option for different areas such as using non-slip tiles for wet areas especially when there is an elderly person utilizing the area; a play area where your child will not pick up unwanted germs because of the easy to clean surface; wood design tiles can be applied to outdoor patios where minimum maintenance is needed. Porcelain tiles are great to use as kitchen counter tops as they can withstand high temperatures, so no more worries on warping counter tops when your hot cake pans are placed on the surface.

Durability – With proper installation, tiles can last for a lifetime and is the winner when it comes to durability. Wood flooring offer the next level of durability, however, you will need to be prepared for water damage or scratched floorings with wear and tear. It is no doubt that wood floorings are able to last for years, but it is not designated for an everlasting usage. Out of the three options, carpeting is the least durable. With proper care, carpet floorings may last up to 10 years but definitely no longer than that. It may also wear out even sooner if it is in high traffic areas. Wood designed porcelain tiles used in an al fresco café will definitely retain its beauty and newness with no need of sanding and recoating every few years compared to wooden floorings; polished porcelain tiles in your living area will constantly have that shine without the need to constantly polish your floor.
 
  Tiles Wood Carpet
Price Expensive Less Expensive Cheaper
Maintenance Easy to maintain:
Least time consuming and lowest maintenance cost
Needs sealing, waxing, and ultimately refinishing. More time consuming and higher maintenance cost. Requires constant vacuum and shampoo cleaning. Extra time consuming and higher maintenance cost.
Durability Lasts for lifetime after proper installation Last for years Least durable. Lasts up to 10 years.
Practicality Indoor and outdoor from light to very heavy traffic
Dry and wet areas
From strong to minimal sunlight and high to low temperature areas
Indoor and outdoor
Dry area only
Light sunlight and moderate temperature only.
Indoor only
Dry area only
Minimal sunlight and low temperature only

Who is Niro Granite?

Niro Ceramic Group has been around for more than 30 years. Marketed under the brand name of Niro Granite, its first manufacturing plant was established in 1979 in Switzerland to announce the presence of porcelain tiles to the world. Ever since then, varieties of tiles were exported across the globe and the rapid growth in Asia markets eventually led to the success of Niro Ceramic Malaysia’s establishment in 1988 and Niro Ceramic Indonesia in 1995.

Attribute to the constant market demand and expansion of our own capacity, Niro Ceramic Group established its operation in Foshan, China in 2001 as an outsourcing operation, where contractors and factories were carefully selected to produce as according to our designs and specifications. A complete organization was established in China to ensure the same stringent quality product and efficiency of customer service is achieved.

The continuous investment and adaptation to meet customers’ demands have caused yet another abundant expansion of Niro Ceramic Group’s network to Vietnam which led to the establishment of Niro Ceramic Vietnam in 2010. In that same year, Niro Ceramic Group also started its Distribution Center and Showroom in Spain. In 2013, one of the notable tile brands in Spain became part of the group, Zirconio S.A. was acquired by Niro Ceramic Group. Having a diverse network across the globe enabled Niro Ceramic Group into being the leading supplier that is backed with large stock keeping ensuring prompt deliveries with great credibility and guaranteeing customer satisfaction.

Why choose Niro Granite?

Presenting the best collection of products in terms of design and technical qualities, Niro Granite succeeded in preserving the “Swiss-Quality” by ensuring every piece of its product lives up to the Swiss heritage. The wide range of choices and trendy product development has resulted Niro Granite in being preferred by leading architects and interior designers across the globe. Backed by versatile sourcing and efficient production with innovative marketing and commitment of effort by its employees, it is Niro Ceramic Group’s assets and weapons for future achievement.

In addition, Niro Granite has been awarded by many prestigious organizations which resulted in being commonly used for most high-end commercial and residential development. In the beginning of 2013, Niro Granite was awarded with the Green Label Certificate by Singapore Green Labelling Scheme and up till today, all products are tested in accordance to the International European Standards: ISO9001 and EN1441: 2006. The assurance of Niro Granite’s quality is exceptional with its technical specifications being twice as stringent as compared to the International EN ISO Standards marking Niro Ceramic Group in being one of a few in the industries to be truly reputable and international.

Choosing the right tiles?

Are tiles slippery?

There is nothing as non-slippery tiles. It is important to choose the right floor tiles for your projects, wet areas such as the shower or wet kitchen requires a higher degree of slip resistance than a dry area.

The slip resistance is usually measured using the sliding method on an inclined surface (oil-wet ramp), a method derived from the German Institute for Standardization (DIN 51130). DIN classifies slippage into five groups – R9 to R13 – based on its level of inclination, measured in degrees. The higher the R-rating is, the higher its slip resistance. For tiles that are smooth or polished in surface, a lower rating will be recorded and for tiles that are rough in surface, the rating will be higher. Do not fret on the technicality as Niro Granite’s e-shop has categorized our tiles according to its best-used application – Living Room, Dining Area, Bathroom, Kitchen and Outdoors.

Where to use tiles?

Because of its exceptional properties, porcelain tiles have become the flooring of recent years. It is the most durable of the hard body tiles, 30% harder than granite. Porcelain tiles were previously used in smaller mosaics residentially, while larger tiles were manufactured for mostly commercial use. Today, with new methods of manufacturing, beautiful new styles and more competitive pricing, they are a hot trend. When installed properly, they should last forever. Polished porcelains are virtually impossible to scratch, functional and beautiful, a sure-fire hit for any home improvement project. Porcelain tiles can be used on any floor or wall of your area depending on your needs and creativity.

The bathroom is the one place that just about anything the e-shop has can be used. The only limitations are basically the upkeep you want to put in, and slip resistance on the floors of your bathroom and shower. Now, although porcelain tile is basically maintenance free, you do not want to use something with a texture to it that will catch all sorts of dirt in the shower, making it more difficult to keep clean. At the same time, you do not want to use a polished tile for the shower floor either. These both CAN be used, but again, it comes down to upkeep for textured wall tile, and doing something to rectify the slippery floor. For safety in wet areas or in flooring applications where accessibility is a concern, use a tile that is higher in slip resistance or R-rating. The kitchen is another area where you can apply porcelain tiles liberally – backsplash, counter top and flooring are places where the aesthetics of Niro Granite’s porcelain tiles lustre. In Asia, the wet kitchen is a necessity; here is where polished tiles can be used for the walls and a slightly structured surface for the floor. The polished surface will make clean-up of oil and sauce splashes a breeze while the slightly structured flooring will provide a non-slip surface should you have accidental water or oil spill.

The areas of usage for porcelain tiles are endless. However, our advice is to always check with us to confirm your intended use of a tile.

What are the different surfaces, sizes, shades and colours that Niro Granite offers?

Sizes, surfaces and colours

In line with Niro Granite’s everlasting and minimalist concept, Niro Granite’s tiles are based on neutral and earthy tone of White, Beige, Brown, Grey and Black.

Niro Granite porcelain tiles are available in sizes of 300x600mm and 600x600mm for most series. Our ‘wood’ series consists of 150x600mm and 150x900mm varieties. Some of our latest products are also available in 600x1200mm and 600x900mm sizes.

Niro Granite tiles are produced in various surfaces – Polished, Honed, Lappato, Matt/Unpolished and Structured/Textured. Polished

A full polished finish gives the interior a vibrant and rich effect. The finish is highly reflective and deepens the colour of tile and adds elegance to any installation.

Honed

The honed finish is a soft and opaque finish which is delicate to touch and feel. This tile finish gives a character and space to every room setting.

Lappato

The lappato finish is achieved through a mechanical process whereby the surface is polished with an abrasive wheel to softly reflect a sheer to give an elegant finish for an interior space.

Matt/Unpolished

The matt/unpolished finish gives a beauty of natural soft look. The elegance of this finish is matched by its low maintenance and durability.

Structured/Textured

Design from natural stone, slabs and slate, the structured and textured give slip resistance for any use or application. Durable and low maintenance, it’s brings in everlasting sophistication to any living space.

Shades variability

It is the characteristic for porcelain tiles to have a variety of shade and tonalities. Each Niro Granite series is assigned a colour shade variation indicator to ease your selection prior to making your purchase.

The shade and tonalities indicators are:



V1 – UNIFORM from tile to tile:

The range of colours and tones within the same shade is relatively uniform from tile to tile. When installed, this tile shade provides a uniform appearance and gives your floors and walls an even conformity.



V2 – SLIGHTLY noticeable from tile to tile:

The range of colours and tones within the same shade is slightly noticeable from tile to tile. When installed, there are clearly distinguishable differences in design or pattern with similar or slight change in colour tones that adds a refined modulation to floors and walls.



V3 – MODERATELY noticeable from tile to tile:

The range of colours and tones within the same shade is moderately noticeable from tile to tile. When installed, there are clearly distinguishable differences in design or pattern in the same colour range that highlights lustrous texture variations.



V4 – DISTINCTLY noticeable from tile to tile:

The range of colours and tones within the same shade is distinctly different from tile to tile. When installed, random colours are visible from tile to tile that creates customized floors which allow for unique and rich statements to emerge. Do note that:

1. On delivery prior to laying the tiles, check the tiles in all cartons to ensure tiles are of the same colour
2. Ensure that each carton box has the same code number. Niro Granite’s will endeavour to ensure the tiles you purchase are from the same batch and minimize shade variation.

What are layout patterns?

When it comes to tile flooring, imagination and creativity is the only limitation of installing tile. It can adapt in any place with any pattern. It can be more than just “square”. Choosing the perfect layout pattern for your floor or wall tiling can be one of the hardest yet most interesting part of the project. You need to get the right fit for the size of tile you are using and the look that complements your room space.

Floor tiles bring an attractive, easy-to-maintain surface to floors in rooms both large and small. Tiles are known to define the texture of a space, emphasizing the cool crispness or soft warmth of your overall décor. The wide variety of styles and sizes available can make choosing the right tile a concern, especially if your goal is to make your room look larger.

Tiles are now manufactured in many sizes – 300x600mm and 600x600mm are the most common nowadays. Professionals agree that large format tiles convey a sense of greater space even in small rooms. The lesser interruption of the flooring surface with grout lines conveys a sense of larger space. Small tiles and increased grout lines can create a floor that looks busy or elaborate. To create an increased visual expanse of the floor, use grouting of the same or nearly the same colour as the tile.

Mixing square and rectangular tiles in the same colour and texture provides subtle visual variety without drastically affecting the sense of space. Constructing a seemingly random pattern of various tile sizes takes some skill but will expand visual space more effectively than creating borders or edgings. You may wish to seek the help of Niro Granite’s in-house designer in mixing sizes, so that all tiles are of the same thickness or calibre.

One of the most effective strategies for using large tiles in small spaces is to lay tile diagonally. A diamond pattern, rather than a checkerboard, prevents the viewer from measuring space in tiles down vs. tiles across. The only limit to diagonal patterns is a room with many alcoves, doorways or other interruptions of wall space. A room with frequently interrupted wall space presents many challenges to laying tile diagonally. It may also impose limitations on using very large tiles. A floor with many partial or cut-down tiles looks constricted rather than spacious.

There are many exciting layout patterns to choose from – and so many ways to use them to your space’s best advantage. When laying multiple sized tiles, it is crucial that you order the right quantities of each size. Look out for our layout pattern guide. It will provide you inspirations and ideas to alter the appearance or scale of your space and the percentages needed for purchasing.

Layout pattern guide


What is tile joint and grouting?

Tile joint is the allocation of space between tiles is necessary to relief tile installation of any local stresses. It is recommended to leave a tile joint of 3–5mm. However, for brick-laying for large format tiles, we recommend a grout joint of 5–6mm due to higher latent tension.

Grout is the material visible between tiles. It is used to fill the tile joint between tiles and to support them. Grout is an important part of any finished tiling work. Grouting is done using cement-based products or epoxy-based resins. There are basically two types of cement-based grout: sanded and un-sanded.

Things to do after tiles has been delivered

Tile installation

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Tile installation

• The surface must be clean, smooth, dry and free of wax and grease. Areas that are damaged or uneven must be patched and levelled.
• Layout marks the centre point of all four walls. First of all, layout the tiles to minimize the number of cut tiles.
• When laying tiles, bear in mind that variation of shade is an inherent characteristic of porcelain tile, mixing well for several cartons and give a total blend and random effect. It is advised to use the same calibre when tiling on the same area.
• Use tile spacers for each tile setting, to leave equal joint between tiles. We recommend a tiling gap of 3mm.
• The settling time will vary from a few hours to few days and depends on the type of material or adhesive used for installation. ? During grouting, remove the tile spacer and spread grout on the tile surface using a rubber grout float or squeegee. It is important for you to refer to the adhesive package for specific instructions or precautions.
• Remove excess grout from surface immediately after grouting. Wait for a couple of minute, depending of the specific instructions and then remove the excess grout from surface with damp sponge, clean grout residue and smooth the grout joints.
 

Tile care after installation

• Initial cleaning after floor installation is essential and important in order to remove all mortar, sand and grout residues that may be left.
• Niro Granite, the Swiss-quality tile can be cleaned by scrubbing the installation with clear water and a neutral amount of detergent with thorough rinsing.
• If grout residue still remains, further cleaning of the tile can be accomplished by using a grout remover. Equipment recommended for aggressive cleaning are floor scrubbers or floor buffing machines equipped with a nylon pad or brush. A wet vacuum should be used to pick up suspended grout residue and construction dirty completely.
• Caution should be exercised when using acid or acid-based cleaner as they can adversely affect the grout. Avoid using “hydrofluoric acid” to its compounds, according to UNI-EN 176.
• If acid is used for cleaning the installation, cautioned to use diluted “sulphuric acid" or diluted “hydrochloric acid" mixed in a correct mixture or concentration. It is important that before the acid solution is placed on the floor, the grout joints be thoroughly saturated with water first. Installers should wait until the grout joint has fully cured. Usually it takes up to 7 to 10 days, before using acidic cleaners.
 
Types Stains Types of Cleaning Product Recommended
Food Category Beer/Wine
Ice Cream
Ketchup
Soy sauce
Coffee/Tea
Juices
Coke
Alkaline base detergent
Oil & Grease Vegetables
Minerals
Petrol
Alkaline base detergent
Wax
Rubber
Scrap off, then use solvent turpentine follow by alkaline base detergent
Lip stick
Shoe polish
Alkaline base detergent
Paint (oil based) Turpentine or thinner
Ink Solvent such as turpentine
Mortar Acidic base detergent
Rust stain Diluted hydrochloride acid or acidic base detergent
Market Felt pen Thinner
Methylene blue Alkaline base detergent
Crayon Scrape off then use turpentine follow by alkaline base detergent
Tile Grout Cement Diluted hydrochloride acid
Latex or polymer Solvent such as turpentine or thinner
Epoxy Scraper to scrape it off

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