Homogeneous Tiles – One and the Same Material

Homogeneous, by definition, means of the same kind or having uniform composition. As regards tiles, it means the tile as a whole piece was manufactured with just one material from top to bottom, and therefore it can be round-edged at the sides without showing a different material within the tile.

As compared to the ceramic tile, ceramics are made of red clay with surface coloring. When chamfered at a corner, it will show the red base beneath. This is why PVC strips are used to cover edges of the ceramic tiles.

It is a tougher tile than ceramics with higher density and much lower water absorption and therefore a lot more durable and long lasting. In an unlikely event that an object falls on a homogeneous tile, it will not leave a big crack, and if it does, neither will it show a different color or material underneath the surface.

The homogeneous tile’s surface can be polished to a mirror-like shine, whereas the ceramic can only be glazed to make it shiny.

Homogeneous Tiles

by LGfloors USA

Generally, homogeneous tiles are about 30% to 50% more expensive than ceramic tiles, with the polished ones costing more.

Ceramic tiles are still common and widely used with a wide variety of colors and textures, and generally inexpensive. However, many homes in Singapore have used homogeneous tiles for their kitchen flooring and backsplashes due to its popularity and durability, even if it cost more than your basic ceramic tiles, although ceramics are still in use.

Even commercial builders now opt to use homogeneous tiles as flooring as it has proven to be more durable than the ceramic as far as heavy human traffic is concerned.

Where available

Homogeneous Tiles

by USFLOORS Natural Cork

Upon searching for the product online, where there is not too much information about homogeneous tiles use in the US, it appears that the homogeneous tile is not marketed in North America widely. Although there are suppliers from Asia, such as China, Singapore, Korea, and Malaysia, it is not as widely used in American homes just yet.

However, after much research I have found a couple of manufacturers that use homogeneous materials in their flooring products.

Like the USFloors Inc. for instance, they are a manufacturer of unique and sustainable floors including FSC-certified hardwood, bamboo, and cork floors. Their Natural Cork Floors are made of homogeneous materials produced mainly in Portugal and Spain.

The material appears to be compressed granules, which they are actually, and in order to achieve a different look, it is essential to laminate a thin layer of cork on top of the core material, which is the same cork. Its only the veneer layer that shows the pattern, and the lamination is done during production thus making the layer forever stuck to the core.
Homogeneous Tiles
For more info on sustainable floors, go to USFloors Inc.

LG Floors-USA on the other hand produces homogeneous tiles with uniform patterning that makes their Impression™ collection series easy to maintain and durable. These tiles combine old world style with high manufacturing technology, more commonly used in wide range of interiors, such as business establishments, schools and hospitals.

It is not easy to look for these types of tiles but for sure most retailers would be more than happy to help you in finding the homogenous tile that you need for your home.

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