Learn more about Bathroom Renovations: What’s the Difference Between Porcelain & Ceramic Tiles?
Sydney bathroom renovations for houses, apartments or units.
Once you start researching for bathroom renovation inspiration you will discover the different types of tiles available. Porcelain or ceramic tiles get many people confused as to which is the better option and exactly what the difference is between the two. Sadly, the terms porcelain and ceramic are at times used interchangeably.
“Ceramic” tile is used to refer to a wide range of tiles. All types of tiles that are made from clay with, or without, a mixture of different materials that are then kiln fired are considered to fall under the larger classification of “Ceramic” tiles. This classification is then broken down into Porcelain and Non-Porcelain tile.
Ceramic Tiles (non-porcelain)
The typical Ceramic non-porcelain tile has a ceramic body that is baked in a kiln, and as ceramic material is porous, most are then glazed which makes it impervious to stain and increases its water resistance. Ceramic tiles can also withstand high levels of humidity. These characteristics make these type of ceramic tiles perfect for wall tiling, particularly in the bathroom.
A downside however is as its glazed surface contains the colour, design and texture of the tile, it does not go all the way through the tile. So any chips that may occur in the future, will reveal the ceramic layer making it quite noticeable. That said, chips are likely to occur only on floor tiles from drops, so ceramic is a perfect option for wall tiles.
Porcelain tiles are also ceramic tiles, but a specific form of ceramic tile with a big difference. Porcelain tiles are made from a finer, denser clay and fired at much higher temperatures than ceramic tiles. This process results in porcelain tiles having a water absorption rate of less than 0.5% making them the ultimate option for wet areas. Unlike ceramic tiles, porcelain tiles also carry the colour/design through the entire thickness of the tile. Porcelain tiles are considered the toughest flooring option available on the market. They are durable and strong making them a perfect option for high traffic areas.
Normally our recommendation is if your budget allows use porcelain tiles on their flooring areas as they are a superior tile compared to ceramic when it comes to durability and strength. This might become important for many homes that were built using the less expensive yellow tongue particle board flooring in upstairs bathrooms in the attempt to save their profit margins, whereas they should have used the more expensive 18mm compressed fibro flooring. This may have made the job more profitable for the builder, however it allows a lot more movement and causes ordinary ceramic tiles in upstairs bathrooms to crack with this inevitable movement.
However when it comes to wall tiling, there are no benefits that the porcelain tile can provide that ceramic cannot. Porcelain tiles are usually more expensive than ceramic tiles, therefore customers can save by using ceramic tiles on walls and use the proportion of that saving to the use of porcelain tiles on the floor, of course if budget allows.
Years of experience
Nu-Trend since 2009
Nu-Trend was formed just over 10 years ago by father and son team, Rick and Michael Karagiannis.
Michael has been in the industry for more than 20 years, passing his knowledge and expertise to Rick as the family tradition lives on.
Rick has always enjoyed the finer elements design details. Not content with solving plumbing problems he soon broadened his skills to also do bathroom renovations in Sydney. A perfect match with hundreds of reviews later & beautiful bathrooms being enjoyed by hundreds of people.
The passionate business owner who loves his job, always goes the extra mile & who many say “is too good for the industry”
Rick dislikes the typical industry behaviour and firmly believes in ‘no gimmicks’ and upfront, honest work.
- Position: Director
- Years in the industry: 15
- Expertise / specialty: A hands-on Director and business owner who provides leadership for the team.
- Qualifications: Licensed Plumber, Bathroom Renovator.
- What he loves about his work? I love helping people when someone wants something and we achieve what they are after it’s rewarding for me.
- Funniest on the job story: Doing a job on a live sewer stack and someone flushing the toilet while we were underneath. It was quite brown, but you had to laugh.
- Favourite brand of bathroom product: Caroma Products
Robert is the co-owner of Nu-Trend who loves walking into different scenarios every day & trying to solve problems quickly.
He is the organiser in the team, keeping the boys on track each day. Some dub him the ‘pretty face’ of Nu-Trend.
- Position: Director
- Years in industry: 14
- Expertise / specialty: Quoting, team organisation and logistics to keep everything running smoothly.
- Qualifications: Licensed Plumber and Bathroom Renovator.
- What he loves about his work? Doing something different every day and working with really good people to solve a range of everyday problems.
- Funniest on the job story: Pranking the boys with fake emails or calls and waiting to see their reactions. Funny at times but a good way to practice real situations.
- Favourite brand of bathroom product: Boffi Products
Chris joined Rick and Robert a few years ago as the number of jobs and bathroom renovations began to increase.
Ever reliable Chris gets stuck in when the hard work is required and provides the Nu-Trend team with a lot of the hard yakka.
- Position: Plumber
- Years in industry: 6
- Expertise / specialty: Maintenance and domestic plumbing for houses or unit apartment blocks.
- Qualifications: Licensed Plumber with aspirations to learn about renovations.
- What he loves about his work? Seeing Nu-Trend customers satisfied after a completed job where they notice the little details or finishing touches.
- Funniest on the job story: Too many to list and he has been thinking about writing a book about funny plumber stories for everyone to read about.
- Favourite brand of bathroom product: Boffi Products
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Nu-Trend is a plumber and bathroom renovations team in Sydney, available 7 days a week. With 15 years experience, the Directors Rob and Rick are hands-on and provide a personalised service that is fully licensed, insured and qualified. You can check online with the NSW Department of Fair Trading here
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STANDARDS AUSTRALIA AS/NZS3500:2018 Compliant
All the work carried out by Nu-Trend is AS/NZ3500:2018 compliant. It is the Australian Standard for Plumbing and Drainage in NSW as set down by Standards Australia and the Australian Building Codes Board. They give the plumbing industry technical direction to enable compliance with required regulatory frameworks.
Rick and Rob are the hands-on Directors for Nu-Trend Plumbing. Rather than hire sub-contractors and manage their business from a distant office, they are on the tools, at your site & working towards delivering your bathroom renovation or plumbing service. It means you are talking directly to the owners of the business, the guys who are accountable and responsible rather than via email or through customer service teams.
It is why they are able to provide a written guarantee that demonstrates their confidence in standing by the quality of their workmanship and the service they deliver to every single client.
They have a very single minded commitment to deliver a high level of professionalism and quality, they’ve been doing it for 15 years.
No sales tricks, guaranteed.
'No Gimmicks' that's our policy
With so many years in the trade, the Nu-Trend team has seen their fair share of sales tricks, special offers, promotions and other gimmicks to secure business. Rather than copy what everyone else is doing they decided a long time ago to avoid all the typical gimmicks and stick to clear, upfront information and pricing, including the provision of free Quotes.
Here are the most common sales gimmicks you will see and how they work, keep in mind there is a reason most service industries don’t disclose fixed prices.
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