Frequently Asked Question?

• What types of Tiles are available?

CERAMIC TILE is a mixture of clays and other natural materials. The special clays are mined from the earth, shaped, colored and than fired in kilns. Traditional ceramic tile can be naturally colored and left unglazed or they can feature colored or highly designed surfaces which can be glazed (finished with a glass surface) either in a high gloss or matte finish. Most ceramic tile has either a white or red body coloration underneath the glazed, colored top layer.


PORCELAIN TILEs are composed of fine porcelain clays and fired at much higher temperatures than ceramic tiles. This process makes porcelain tile more dense, less porous, much harder and less prone to moisture and stain absorption than ceramic tiles. For these reasons, most porcelain tiles are suitable for both indoor and outdoor installations. Porcelain tiles are also harder to cut due to their density and hardness.


HOMOGENEOUS (Vitrified) TILE means of the same kind or having uniform composition. As regards tiles, it means the tile as a whole piece was manufactured with just one material from top to bottom, and therefore it can be round-edged at the sides without showing a different material within the tile. Commercial builders now opt to use homogeneous tiles as flooring as it has proven to be more durable than the ceramic as far as heavy human traffic is concerned.


GLASS MOSAICS, This type of flooring involves embedding small pieces of colored glass, stone, or ceramic tile in a background material such as plaster or mortar. The resulting finish is unique and a variety of designs can be created.

These tiles have multicoloured block in them with a glass finish that makes them shine and are mostly used in kitchens, swimming pools, wash rooms and pooja rooms.


MARBLE is metamorphosed limestone, composed of fairly pure calcite. It is extensively used for sculpture, as a building material, and in many other applications which includes flooring. Marble has a relatively lower abrasion resistance compared to artificial floors. It is calcium carbonate which is strongly attached by Hydrochloric acid which is commonly used in toilet & floor cleaning. It yellows over extended time duration whereas man made tiles tend to retain their colour for decades.


GRANITE, a common igneous rock composed of quartz, orthoclase, and hornblende, often accompanied by pyroxene or mica. It is called granite because of the granular surface. Granite is frequently used for buildings and monuments. It is a popular choice for not only flooring but also for countertops in kitchen and shelves. Compared to marble, it is relatively inexpensive.

• What is Tile Grout?

Grout is the material that is applied between tiles to fill in the spaces and give strength to the tile work. For tiles that are close together (1/16th inch), non-sanded grout is used. For tiles wider apart than this, sanded grout is used.

Grout is applied after the tile is laid down on its bed of mortar. The grout is squeezed into the spaces with a tile float, and then wiped clean away with the same tile float and with a wet sponge.

Grout is more than a utilitarian material. Grout of different tints, textures, and colors can be used to give your tile work completely different looks.

• What is Tile Adhesive?

Tile Adhesive is the ultra-strong cement-like substance used to securely bond all types of ceramic and stone tile to a wide variety of underlying substrates.

• Can I use ordinary cement to lay tiles?

We do not recommend the use of sand and cement for fixing tiles. Ordinary cement will get dry sometimes after fixing and it will loose connection with the tile. So, it is better to use Tile Adhesives.

• Can I order tile samples online?

http://www.daltile.com/images/spacers/clear_spacer.gifYes! you can send a request through our site located at www.naveen.lk.

• With whom can I check the availability and price of a specific product?

http://www.daltile.com/images/spacers/clear_spacer.gifNaveen Ceramic has a network of Showrooms / Franchise who have access to product availability and pricing for the products you prefer. To locate the Showroom/Branch nearest you, click on “Locate Us”.

• I have no idea how many tiles I need! Can you help me?

Sure! At Naveen Ceramic we are well versed in measuring and estimating. Just bring in your scaled building plans, or a drawing with measurements and we can estimate how many tiles you need. If you don’t have a plan or drawing, just contact us we will do measuring and let you know how many tiles you need.

• Do you install tiles?

We have well experienced tile and granite laying professionals to do laying jobs. For more details please contact Person 077-3457745

• Can I fix tile over a tile or a wooden floor?

You sure can. There are great adhesives to make this happen, however you should ensure that you are satisfied that the substrate you are tiling over is sound and secure. The tile job will only be as durable and as good as the substrate you are tiling over. Be sure to get the approval from you tiler.