Why Buy Tile Glaze?
You may have heard of tile glaze and wondered when it might be necessary for your tile. Read on for a brief explanation.
Commercially Glazed Tile
Tile you purchase for use in your home is usually factory glazed. The glazing process uses high heat to thoroughly cover the tile, but produces a resulting tile that is water-resistant and doesn’t require sealing. These tiles are most often used in bathrooms, entryways, floors, backsplashes, bathtub surrounds, walls, and countertops.
If you want to install the tile yourself, you can buy or make ceramic tiles and use a glaze on them. They will then need to be fired in a kiln in order to produce the hard finish that will give them the characteristics of glazed tiles. The advantages of custom tiles are that you can design the color and patterns that you want, and the look is very distinctive. On the downside, it is time-consuming to produce enough tile for even a small area.
There are products available that claim to 're-glaze' or refinish tile surfaces. While they may be a good option for people who dislike the color their current tile, it is not technically a glaze.