Thin porcelain tiles, often referred to as TPT or Thin-body Porcelain Tiles, are in the category of fully vitrified tiles. Which signify a water absorption rate less than 0,5% category. TPT is in the category of hard flooring material. Despite their exceptional lightweight TPT are strong porcelain tiles that require significantly less raw material and energy to produce than an equivalent standard thickness porcelain tiles which makes them easier to handle and kinder to the environment. TPT contain fewer minerals and create fewer carbon and solid emissions.
Because of TPT eco-friendly characteristics, a lot of ceramic companies have self-created logos to sensitize public's enthusiasm for "green" building materials and to boost sales.
So we can easily say that TPT are sustainable tiles.
Ordinary porcelain tiles are produced using an extrusion manufacturing process but Thin porcelain tiles are usually pressed to reach the desired thickness. The result is a thin porcelain tile which is very dense, strong and harder wearing with extremely low water absorption.
1. Why so thin?
Thin porcelain tiles (TPT) are also outstanding for their minimal thickness anywhere between 3 to 6 mm thick.TPT can structurally be reinforced with a 0.5mm glass fiber mesh.
2. TPT is made for modern subflooring.
Subflooring quality has considerably evolved for the past 80 years. Cement, concrete, engineered wood and plastic subflooring are commonly used as flooring substrate in modern homes. Their affordable cost makes them accessible to all. So adding a heavy or standard tile to such subflooring will simply reinforce the floor thickness and hardness, which can be seen as an excess in residential and institutional applications where the floor covering surface's functional value is the most important. Since TPT surfaces have nothing to envy standard porcelain tiles surface they are inevitably the choice of those who seek security and functionality.
3. Because time is money.
TPT reduces cost on renovation projects.Thin tiles were manufactured to respond to needs of installing tiles over an existing floor or wall coverings, eliminating the need for ripping out existing finishing materials in renovation projects, saving time and money in labor costs. Because of its low installation cost and easiness to cut and shape it is revolutionizing the entire Ceramic Tile Market Thin porcelain tiles add very little height to the existing installation.
4. Because TPT aimed at lowering construction dead load.
TPT can reduce the weight of building cladding by 80% compared to dimensional stone. Construction professional planners have to respect a limited weight to ensure the building safety and assure that it can support the planned weight. .It is becoming a norm to request TPT for upper stairs walls, floors...
5.TPT exceptional functional surface for interior and exterior wall cladding .
Due to the high-quality materials used to make thin porcelain tile and its innovative manufacturing process。Thin tiles is the technical choice of cladding professionals.
Thin Porcelain panels cladding Installation
TPT is an ideal choice for traffic tunnel cladding because its surface is anti-graffiti and easy to clean with pressure washers.
6. TPT Cladding System
From honeycomb base, aluminum, OSB and or engineered wood Thin porcelain tile is chosen for its hardness and finishes.
不管是蜂窝纸底托、铝板、OSB板（Oriented strand board）亦或是复合木板，瓷质薄板因其硬度和表面处理都会被用到。
7. Thin porcelain panels are lighter than aluminum.
oday Thin porcelain cladding is widely used as a mean for external cladding because of its exceptional properties. Scratch & abrasion resistant with a surface tougher than granite or steel, its durable, tough and extremely strong and does not accumulate surface dirt. Additionally its, non-porous and impervious to chemicals while also being frost resistant & thermal shock resistant which makes it the ideal material for creating cost-effective, low-maintenance, hard-wearing surfaces.
8. Thin tiles ideal choice for kitchen and bathroom.
Because TPT tiles have the characteristic to be durable versatile and low maintenance, makes them a winner for countertop and backsplash and floor.
With its low water absorption rate , anti-slip, and low maintenance surface, Thin tiles are the best choice for bathroom wall, shower pan, and floor.
Thin tiles are also recognized to be the perfect solution for underfloor heating.
The thickness of tiles has an impact on heat output. This makes TPT the best floor material to use with underfloor heating.TPT has a high rate of conductivity :
Excellent heat transfer properties & thin profile and easy to keep clean.
Thin porcelain tiles are the new generation of ceramic tiles. Make sure you have your selling points right.
BLACKETT Ian 陈恩
Ceramic Industry International consultant.