Ceramic and Porcelain Mosaics
Mosaic tiles are made from clay, then kiln-fired. These are considered to be a part of the larger classification called “Ceramic Tiles”. These tiles can be split into two groups, porcelain tiles and non-porcelain tiles. These non-porcelain tiles are frequently referred to as ceramic tiles by themselves, separate from porcelain tiles.
Ceramic tiles are made from white clay fired in a kiln. They are finished with a durable glaze which carries the color and pattern. These tiles are softer than porcelain, and usually carry a PEI 0 to 3 rating. Ceramic tiles generally have a relatively high water absorption rating making them less frost resistant than porcelain tiles. Our Ceramic Pool Mosaics are entirely hand crafted. Each piece is hand painted by talented artists to bring you the highest level of artistic design available in pool mosaics.
Porcelain tile is dense, impervious, fine grained and smooth. Porcelain tiles usually have a much lower water absorption rate (less than 0.5%) than ceramic tiles making them frost-proof. Because porcelain pool mosaics are frost proof they are more suitable for use in pools which experience freezing temperatures. Our Porcelain mosaics are each hand crafted with fine attention to detail. Exceptional realism paired with unbeatable prices result in a class leading mosaic suitable for any pool.
Ceramic Vs. Porcelain. Which should you choose?
Our ceramic pool mosaics are generally formed with smaller pieces when compared to our porcelain mosaics. This results in a more traditional appearance which appeals to many people. Each individual piece in our ceramic mosaics is hand painted to bring a high level of realism and appeal. Because ceramic tiles generally have a relatively high water absorption rating, it is not recommended that you install these mosaics above the frost line in pools subjected to freezing temperatures.
Our porcelain pool mosaics are painted using a semi-automated process, they possess an unbeatable level of realism. Because porcelain tile is denser than ceramic, it is safe to install these mosaics anywhere in a pool even if it is subjected to freezing temperatures.