Benefits of printing tiles over traditional hand painted tiles
The existence of hand painted tiles goes back a long time, and is definitely the more expensive and luxurious choice for interior design.
However, as wages grow and demand grows, hand painted tiles have become harder to actually paint by hand, so instead a lot of manufacturers have moved onto printing hand painted designs onto multiple tiles, allowing them to sell the tiles in bulk at an affordable price.
Apart from that, there are many other benefits as to why printing hand painted tiles is a lot better than manually painting them. That goes both for the business and the consumer.
Hand painted tiles require paint and different chemicals to make sure the tile doesn’t fade or the paint doesn’t chip off. The paints, brushes and everything in between usually comes in plastic containers, even more so if it’s being delivered from another location. So if a tile painter has to keep buying those paints, they contribute to the demand of plastic production.
Printing on the other hand, significantly reduces the need for those paints and chemicals as they are only used a fraction of the amount of manual hand painting. This eliminates the need to deliver the paint by a truck, which causes CO2 emissions, too. On the subject of time, hand painting each order is extremely time consuming, leaving the business with no time for other pressing matters.
The speed of printing means a tile painter can have more time to explore different styles and get inspired by what is around them. An inspired painter means more variety of tiles out there for you.
One thing many people find with hand painted tiles is that they fade over the years. This may come as no surprise, but it is the right of the customer to demand the best quality products for their money. Hand painted tiles fade much quicker than printed tiles. This is mostly down to the technique. A printer has a lot more power and different ways to imprint the design so that it lasts longer. It simply means it does a better job than a human with some glazing can do.