A new study by Australian financial consultancy CCS has found that ceramic tiles used in ceramic tiles are priced more expensive than the most common tile material used in conventional ceramics.
The study, published in the Journal of Industrial Engineering, compared the cost of ceramic tiles in the Australian market with the cost for common ceramic tiles.
The cost of conventional ceramic tiles is about $15 to $25 per square metre and the price for ceramic tiles using provence tile is about 30 cents per square meter, according to the study.
The price difference between ceramic tiles and provence tiles is much larger for the top three brands: The T-A-C ceramic tiles have a price difference of $20 per square foot and are the most expensive tile material, according the study by CCS.
For conventional ceramic tile, the price difference is $40 to $60 per square inch.
The difference between the two materials is larger for other brands: the T-R-A ceramic tiles cost $30 per square yard and the TAC ceramic tiles for $40 per square ft.
For example, the TIC ceramic tiles from A&C have a higher price-to-weight ratio than other brands, while the TCC ceramic tiles range from $30 to $50 per square centimetre.
The researchers say the reason ceramic tiles tend to be cheaper than conventional ceramic is because the two types of ceramic are chemically similar.
The TAC is more resistant to water and has higher thermal conductivity.
The ceramic tile is less conductive and less porous.
They suggest the Tic is a better choice for the home and office and is also better suited to the Australian climate.
The Australian Government has already banned the use of the Tica ceramic tiles on commercial buildings.
The study by the Australian Financial Services Association (AFSA) says the main reason for the price differential is that the Tics ceramic tiles use a higher proportion of recycled materials, such as glass, plastic and metals, than the other ceramic tiles found in Australian homes and offices.
“In terms of their environmental impacts, the Australian Government’s new ceramic tiles mandate includes a requirement for ‘all ceramic tiles’ to be ‘all recyclable’ by the end of 2021,” the AFSA said in a statement.
“The Commission has been asked to ensure that all new ceramic tile designs and materials are ‘all recycled’ in order to meet this mandate.”