When you are looking to install tiles at your place, one of the primary concerns is their durability so that you are not forced to replace them anytime soon. Full body vitrified tiles serve the purpose as they are highly durable and last for a long time.
These tiles are heavy-duty industrial tiles made with utmost care and diligence. These are majorly used in heavy-traffic areas such as parking areas, mall entry areas, commercial complexes, educational institutes and even metro stations. In such places, tiles especially need to be immune to wear and tear and damage.
Orientbell recently introduced full body tiles with a thickness of 15.5mm giving them extra strength. This makes these tiles perfect for use in industries, factories, fire tenders, hospitals, schools and other public areas that are frequently used and traversed upon. Another variant of these tiles have a thickness of 9.5mm.
These tiles come in various colors and finishes and their charming designs make them appropriate for even residential spaces such as living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms.
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Full body vitrified tiles have been solving flooring problems ever since their inception. Their strength and durability makes them ideal for flooring which can be particularly susceptible to damage and wear and tear. They are the number one choice for even commercial and industrial flooring needs. All this makes them very popular and they are always in high demand.
Vitrified tiles are made by mixing clay, feldspar, quartz and silica at high temperatures. These tiles are processed and manufactured by a vitrification process which makes it highly unlikely for them to get damaged. The process makes them more durable and resistant and immune to most acids as well as to alkalis.
Another plus point of these tiles is that they are very easy to install. The process is very quick versus the installation of natural stones such as granite and marble which are comparable in terms of durability and strength.
When it comes to longevity and maintenance, these tiles are at the top. FB tiles manage to hold their look for a long period, taking away the need to polish the tiles, saving you both time and money.
People use them at both residential and commercial setups.They are ideal for heavy traffic areas because of their durability. They are slip resistant, low maintenance, and come in the ever-classy matte finish, making them ideal for swimming pool decks too.
To check their durability, Orientbell puts FB tiles through a test, called the truck test. The results showed that the tile stays unaffected even when a truck as heavy as 50 tons is parked or driven on it multiple times.
Orientbell offers a wide range of FB tile. One of the very popular articles from the Orientbell catalog is the Sahara Kota Green. This gives you the look and feel of a Kota stone but comes with all the advantages of FB tiles. These tiles complement almost every decor that you install them in. The color of Sahara Kota Green provides a soothing effect and is calming for the eyes. One cannot go wrong with this color. These tiles are mostly used for the flooring of parking lots and for flooring needs of areas frequented by heavy vehicles. After all, that’s one of the reasons why Orientbell makes these heavy-duty tiles.
Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about full body vitrified tiles:
What are full body vitrified tiles made of that makes them this durable?
FB Tiles are formed by a vitrification process in which clay, feldspar, quartz and silica are mixed at high temperatures. During this process, the grains of the required color are added to the base tile, which creates a homogenous mixture that runs throughout the tile. Because of this homogeneity, the top layer can bear more wear & tear thereby acting as a more durable option.
What are the advantages of full body vitrified tiles over Kota stone?
This is one question that has been very frequently asked. These tiles easily emerge victorious when we compare it to the Kota stone. They are made by vitrified processes and have a homogeneous body. They have better scratch hardness (they measure 6 on Mohs’ scale compared to 3-4 points for Kota stone). Hence, once installed, they are ready to take heavy footfall and even heavy vehicular traffic and, hence, don’t allow wear and tear. All this while keeping the aesthetic appeal of the surface intact. On the other hand, the top layer of the stones are prone to slight chipping, which can make them look shabby and unpleasant.
Even when it comes to water resistance, tiles are a better choice than stones as they have almost negligible water absorption (less than 0.08% compared to stone’s estimated 0.31%). They come in matte finish and are slip-resistant flooring, unlike Kota stone, as sometimes highly polished stones tend to become slippery. Last but not the least, full-body vitrified tiles are easy and hassle-free to install and maintain whereas Kota stones may need polishing every 3-4 years. All in all, tiles are more durable and even more cost-effective.
Are full body vitrified tiles budget-friendly?
When it comes to putting a price on longevity, low maintenance, strength, and durability, one cannot really put a price on any of it. These tiles are one of the front runners in the industry when it comes to serving flooring needs. When one considers all the areas it excels at and the advantages these tiles come with, I think it’ll be better to term these tiles as heavy duty and value for money.
Why are full body vitrified tiles ideal for flooring?
Flooring does leave an impact on decor. One should never ignore flooring tiles or just push them to the back seat while deciding on a setting. Flooring plays an important role in both the look of the setup and the strength of it too. Sahara series by Orientbell has been designed especially for all your flooring needs and ticks all the boxes for an ideal commercial flooring tile. These tiles are meant to fight anything that may come their way like heavy weight, excessive heat, moisture and rain. So while you’re on the lookout for the best flooring tiles for your property, don’t forget to check out the Sahara series by Orientbell.
How are 9.5mm full body vitrified tiles different from 15.5mm tiles?
Both the variants—9.5mm as well as 15.5mm—are appropriate for high traffic areas but one can be chosen over the other depending on the usage. The 15.5mm full body tiles are thicker and have a high breaking strength of minimum 6250N. These tiles can withstand the load of a standing aircraft upto 100 tons. These heavy-duty tiles covers more rugged application areas such as walkways, pathways, hypermarkets, mall facades, college facade etc. They can also be used for industrial flooring such as that of warehouses, factories, fire stations, automobile plants, footpaths, etc. The 9.5mm variant can be used for areas that do not require very heavy-duty tiles. Their durability is appropriate for residential areas and places where there is not much vehicular traffic but need durability nevertheless.
What all finishes and colours are available in Full Body Tiles?
The 15.5mm and 9.5mm variants are available in five shades, with rock punch, which is basically a look of a combination of various small rocks and stones. These come in rugged finish like natural stones, and are suitable for moist areas. They provide better grip. They have a premium appeal and an aesthetic look.