The DIY ceramic tile that is most commonly used to decorate your home, or that you buy from a local hardware store, will only give you a slight increase in gloss, according to a new study from the University of Minnesota.
The research is the first to examine the relationship between gloss and color in a tile surface.
The team from the department of materials science and engineering at the University, which is based at the Twin Cities’ Hennepin County campus, used a variety of ceramic tile and glass surfaces to test their theory that glossy ceramic tile, which uses a thin layer of copper oxide to bond to the substrate, provides the most gloss for the most color.
The study was published in the Journal of the American Ceramic Association.
They compared a range of different ceramic tiles to each other using a series of computer-generated photos, and found that the more gloss, the higher the color and the lower the color of the tile.
This is the same effect found in glass, which can be tinted with silver, or in ceramic tiles that are usually made from a mixture of glass and ceramic.
This new study found that ceramic tiles, which are generally made from glass, have a slightly higher gloss than glass, but the difference in color is not statistically significant.
It is unclear how the coating on the ceramic tile acts as a gloss enhancer.
“In general, there is no obvious mechanism for how the gloss acts, or how it interacts with the substrate to achieve the color enhancement,” said the study’s senior author Dr. Jennifer Tamblyn, who is a professor in the department’s Materials Science and Engineering Department.
“It is possible that it is a function of surface properties and the chemical makeup of the ceramic substrate, and not a simple interaction of surface materials.”
Tamblyn is a member of the Center for Ceramic Research at the Hennepsinn College of Engineering, which was the original laboratory for the research.
The research team was led by Dr. Richard Shuman, who has been with the University for two decades.
Shuman said that while the study found a significant increase in color on the glass-coated ceramic tile (which is what the team used), it was not statistically significantly different from the other ceramic tile.
“We are not aware of any studies that show a significant decrease in color from glass-coat ceramic tile,” Shuman said.
“There are many variations in the color that we see on ceramic tile from various types of materials, including glass, glass-ceramic, glass and copper.”
While the study suggests that gloss is a key driver of color enhancement, it is unclear whether the effect would hold up in the real world.
“It is very important that we have a better understanding of the interaction of these surfaces and how they interact,” Shumans said.
“For this reason, I am interested in further exploring the relationship to the materials and to the coating properties of these materials, and what this means for the use of the materials in the future.”
The research was supported by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy.