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Ceramic Tile Flooring

November 12th, 2007 · No Comments

Is tile your thing? Will you select ceramic tile flooring, or porcelain? Will you go with a mosaic ceramic tile flooring or is retro your thing? Who’s installing your tile flooring — a professional, or will you do it yourself? It’s good in the bath, kitchen, entryway, and just about anywhere in your house. And, there are lots of ceramic tile flooring patterns to choose from, so have fun!

Ceramic tile flooring is considered one of the most durable and cost-effective flooring solutions. Ceramic tiles are basically pieces of clay that have been pressed, heated, shaped and glazed.

Ceramic tiles offer many advantages:
* Simple installation
* Large variety of styles
* Durable
* Easy maintenance
* Add value

And only a few drawbacks:
* Difficult to remove
* More expensive than some options

Ceramic tiles are made by a process in which clay is pressed, cut into shapes and fired in a kiln to create hard tiles. Most manufacturers also cover tiles with a glaze before firing to add to the tile’s hardness and functionality. Ceramic tiles that have been glazed are easier to clean and resist weather and moisture more effectively. Tiles that are unglazed can look stunning and some people prefer them because they are less slippery. If you plan on using unglazed ceramic tiles for your floors, however, you will want to make sure that they are covered with a protective sealant. This will help prevent stains and will protect your floors.

Ceramic tiles are quite durable. Most are grouped by a hardness scale based on their glaze. This scale is sometimes referred to as the Moh scale and is based on tests conducted by the Porcelain Enamel Institute. The scale is numbered from 0 to 5. Ceramic tiles that are ranked at 0 are decorative only and should not be used on floors at all. Ceramic tiles that are ranked at 5 are very durable. These tiles are specially glazed to be used for residential, commercial, and even industrial applications.

Historically, ceramic tile has been used extensively for both practical and decorative features. In ancient Rome, mosaic ceramic tile was used on floors and walls. In fact, when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, many of the ceramic tiles in nearby homes were not destroyed and can still be seen today.

Many people find that removing ceramic tile flooring, especially older flooring, can be a problem. If you want to remove only a few chipped or cracked tiles, for example, you may want to get expert help. Another small disadvantage of ceramic tiles is that glazed tiles can be very slippery when wet. To avoid this problem, you may wish to buy quarry tiles, which are unglazed, or you may wish to buy tiles that are covered with a special anti-slip surface. People who are on a very strict budget may also notice that ceramic tiles cost more initially than some other types of flooring. However, the high quality of ceramics can help ensure that your investment lasts for many years.

Despite the very few disadvantages, ceramic tiles offer many great options.Decorators love the huge array of tiles available. Whether you require ultra-modern floors or retro ceramic tile flooring, today’s ceramic tile flooring patterns offer you all the stylish and durable options you need. Exciting new style options allow you to use retro ceramic tile flooring in acid green, gold and orange or in Andy Warhol pop designs. It is even possible to create customized ceramic flooring options that suit your decor perfectly.

Ceramic tiles are also quality, durable products. They last for years with no fuss. With a good glaze, these tiles are fade, chip and stain resistant. Clean-up is usually as simple as a quick mop. Since these tiles are very resistant to water and weather, they are perfect options for the kitchen, bathroom, and entranceway. In fact, bath ceramic tile flooring can keep bathrooms looking great longer, while ceramic in the kitchen can make cleaning a breeze. Ceramic floors can also be replaced one tile at a time. If one tile chips or cracks, a professional can replace the affected tile quickly and affordably. This can make tile floors a great investment, since you will be able to avoid replacing entire floors.

When it comes to durability, quality, and versatility, ceramic tile flooring is a great option for the discriminating customer.

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