What is Terracotta? Advantages & Disadvantages of Terracotta

What is Terracotta?

Terracotta means ”baked earth’‘, it is one type of ceramic material.

What is Terracotta? Advantages & Disadvantages of Terracotta

Manufacture of terracotta

  1. Preparation of clay
  2. Molding
  3. Drying
  4. Burning

Types of Terracotta

  1. Porous Terracotta
  2. Polished Terracotta

Advantages of Terracotta

Following are the 6 advantages of terracotta:

  • It is a strong and durable material
  • It is available in different colors.
  • It is not affected by atmospheric agents and acids and is better able to withstand weathering actions than most types of stones.
  • It is easily cleaned and moulded in desired shapes.  
  • It is a fireproof material, therefore, it can be conveniently used with R.C.C. works.
  • This type of material is light in weight

Disadvantages of Terracotta

  • It cannot be fixed during the progress of work.
  • Twisting is happened due to unequal shrinkage in drying and burning. 

Use of Terracotta

  • It is used for all types of ornamental work.

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