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What’s The Difference Between Wall And Floor Tile?

What’s the difference between wall and floor tiles? True, most shops sell tiles as floor tiles or wall tiles. Does that mean that you can use them for only one application? You’d do well to find out about the difference between wall and floor tiles so that you can make your next project a success.

The difference between wall and floor tile may come from their technical difference or simply the visual difference. Manufacturers produce some tiles to be suitable for walls only because of their technical specifications. What’s the difference? Ceramic tiles that are produced to be used on walls are often produced with a lighter and softer body compared to ceramic floor tiles. These are advantages as these tiles don’t put too much weight pressure on walls and they are also easy to work with especially in a bathroom where much cutting and hole drilling need to be done.

The difference between wall and floor tile is becoming vaguer because of the increasing popularity of porcelain tiles. That is because porcelain tiles have a much denser body enabling you to use them both for walls and floors. In fact, it is very popular to buy the same tiles for their bathroom walls and floors. This actually works really well, creating a seamless, modern and luxurious look in the bathroom.

There are other types of porcelain tiles that manufacturers have designed specifically with flooring use in mind such as some porcelain tiles that they produce with an anti-slip surface. But in reality, you can use any ceramic or porcelain floor tiles as wall tiles. On the other hand, if they have labelled the tile as a ‘wall tile’, it’s generally not suitable for flooring. Having said that, if the tile is porcelain, there is a good chance that you can use it for flooring too.

As you can see, there is not a great deal of difference between wall and floor tile any more. You can lay most porcelain tiles both on walls and floors these days. But that means it opens up a huge opportunity for everyone to use their imagination and be creative. You can perhaps use some coarse outdoor floor tiles on internal walls to add a rustic feel to the room. Or you might like to use timber look tiles in your bathroom from the floor to the ceiling. Even, you can also use large format porcelain floor tiles on internal walls to create a feature wall.


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03 December 2020
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