Our homes are considered one of the safest places to be. It is one of our comfort zones where we can be ourselves. However, choosing substandard materials to decorate our houses can be a bit frustrating. We want our homes to be comfortable and at the same time pleasing to the eye. For flooring concerns, contact JB Flooring and let us help you choose the right materials for your home.
What are Ceramic Tiles?
These tiles are made from a combination of clay and various minerals. Tiles are flat slabs of material which can be used for different purposes, including flooring, countertops, roofing, walls and showers. There are many styles of ceramic tile, from terracotta roofing tiles used in Mission-style architecture to delicate hand-painted porcelain tiles that are used for ornamental decoration in kitchens.
A number of home supply stores stock ceramic tile. Tiles come in a range of shapes and sizes. They can be square, octagonal, rectangular, or triangular for example. Tiles that are intended for flooring may be thicker and many customers choose ceramic tile for this purpose. There are numerous advantages to ceramic tile flooring because of their durability. Customers also find tile flooring pleasing to the eye and it is easy to clean.
Types of Ceramic Tile
- Wall Tile
Wall tiles are not as durable as tiles designed for flooring. Most wall tiles have a semi-gloss or matte surface. The glazed surface has less slip resistance and so is more likely to be slippery when wet. Therefore, glazed wall tiles are much more suitable for walls.
- Glazed Ceramic Tile
Glazed Ceramic Tiles are composed of two basic elements which are clay and water. Various clays are mined, ground and mixed to a fine powder and are pressed together to create a tile shape. This is then dried to lower the moisture content. Then, the surface of the tile is coated with a colored glaze which is similar to glass. The glaze is then permanently attached to the surface of the tile by heating it in a kiln to create the finished product.
- Porcelain Tile
Porcelain tile is built from a mixture of fine-grain clays and other minerals to create a very dense body, which makes it extremely resistant to moisture and staining. Because of these features, porcelain tile can last years while maintaining its color and beauty.
Pros and Cons of Ceramic Tile
- Ceramic is Water Resistance
Glazed ceramic flooring tiles have a protective layer over the material, making them resistant to water and stain. They are also naturally resistant to the effects of extreme conditions, and a benefit is this tiling can feel cool underfoot on a hot summers day.
- Durable Ceramic Tile
Ceramic flooring is very hard and the tiles are not easily damaged. Quality ceramic tile can last for 10 - 20 years or longer if it is well maintained. If a single tile cracks, replacing that tile is very simple.
Ceramic flooring is easy to maintain. It wipes clean easily and can be mopped to remove dirt, stains and liquids. Daily maintenance consists of sweeping with a soft brush or vacuuming to keep the floor free of dirt. If heavy staining occurs, you can use heavy duty cleaners without worrying about damaging the tiles.
- Hard Flooring
Ceramic is a hard material making it uncomfortable to stand on, unlike wooden floors which have more give. This means that ceramic tiles may not be suitable for places where people will be required to stand for long periods of time.
- Cold Ceramic Tile
This material does not hold the heat well. It can get very cold during the winter, which you can feel underfoot, particularly first thing in the morning.
Ceramic tile is hard and heavy, and in order for it to be installed the use of a variety of tools are needed. Other materials are also required such as adhesive and grout. In addition, making a mistake when installing can compromise the floor causing problems down the line.