Porcel-Thin Tiles FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Porcel-Thin Tiles

What is a thin porcelain tile?

Thin porcelain tiles, often referred to as TPT or Thin-body Porcelain Tiles, are light weight but strong porcelain tiles that require significantly less material and energy to produce than an equivalent standard thickness porcelain tiles which makes them easier to handle and kinder to the environment.  Thin porcelain tiles, such as Porcel-Thin, can make a significant contribution to best practice in sustainable design.

Are Porcel-Thin porcelain tiles as strong as traditional porcelain tiles?

Yes, in fact, according to independent tests, Porcel-Thin ultra-thin porcelain tiles are nearly twice as strong as equivalent standard porcelain tiles.  This is due to the high quality materials used to make Porcel-Thin porcelain tiles and the manufacturing process.  Ordinary porcelain tiles are produced using an extrusion manufacturing process where as Porcel-Thin tiles are pressed.  The result is a porcelain tile which is very dense, strong and harder wearing with extremely low water absorption

Are Porcel-Thin porcelain tiles suitable for walls and floors?

Yes, Porcel-Thin porcelain tiles are suitable for use on both walls and floors.  All Porcel-Thin porcelain tiles are tested for slip resistance using the more accurate pendulum test and values for all tiles and finishes are available from Porcel-Thin.

Do Porcel-Thin tiles comply with current British and European standards?

Yes, Porcel-Thin porcelain tiles are rigorously tested and comply with all current British and European standards.  Data and detailed test results can be viewed and downloaded from the “Porcel-Thin Quality Assurance Documents” section of the Porcel-Thin website.

Can Porcel-Thin tiles be used out doors?

Yes, Porcel-Thin porcelain tiles will not fade in direct sunlight and are resistant to heat and frost.  Our porcelain tiles may be used for patio’s, gardens and even to clad the outside of buildings. Furthermore, the incredibly low water absorption rate of our ultra-thin porcelain tiles means that they are suitable for use in swimming pools and wet areas.  Please note that all tiles intended for use on floors should have a slip resistance of at least 36 or greater according to HSE recommended guidelines.  For more information regarding anti-slip tiles and slip resistance values read our guide.

Are Porcel-Thin porcelain tiles suitable for use with underfloor heating systems?

Yes, porcelain tiles are a great conductor of heat and Porcel-Thin tiles are perfectly suited for use with both wet and dry underfloor heating systems.  Being ultra-thin, our porcelain tiles allow underfloor heating systems to heat up faster and require around a third less energy to reach working temperature, improving the response time of your heating system and saving you money.

Can Porcel-Thin tiles be installed over existing tiles?

Yes, providing that the existing tiles are sound and are adequately bonded to the wall.  The tiles must be clean and free from contaminates and a suitable priming agent, such as Tilemaster Prime Plus, should be applied to the existing tiles prior to over tiling.

What is the variance in the stated size of Porcel-Thin tiles?

Porcel-Thin tiles are manufactured with a hi degree of accuracy with a size variance of only +/- 1mm.

Is it possible to order samples of Porcel-Thin porcelain tiles?

Yes, samples of stock Porcel-Thin tiles may be ordered via the “Request Sample” section of the Porcel-Thin website or from your local Porcel-Thin stockist.

Where can I buy Porcel-Thin porcelain tiles from?

Porcel-Thin tiles may be purchased from a UK network of approved tile retailers.  Please visit the “Stockists” section of the Porcel-Thin website to find your nearest retailer.  For large commercial projects and housing projects, contract professionals are invited to contact the Porcel-Thin Contracts and Specification Department directly for assistance.

Can you recommend a tiler with experience of installing Porcel-Thin thin porcelain tiles?

A list of Porcel-Thin approved tilers can be found by visiting the “Approved Tiling Contractors” section of our website