Ceramic tile flooring has steadily increased in popularity for people performing home renovation projects throughout their homes. The tile’s durability, scratch resistance and stain resistance characteristics has made this product an ideal choice in high traffic areas where moisture may be a problem. Floor Coverings International has a wide range of ceramic tile flooring for homeowners and renovators in the Shallotte, Ocean Isle Beach, Southport & St. James area.
About Ceramic Tile
Ceramic tiles are created by mixing together a variety of natural minerals, clay and water. Then the tiles are fired at high temperatures. The tiles may come glazed to provide an extra protective coating on top, or may come unglazed for a rougher surface for increased slip resistance. Ceramic tiles may be confused with porcelain tiles since porcelain is made from the same clay and minerals. The main difference between ceramic and porcelain tile is that porcelain is fired at an even higher temperature.
Pros of Ceramic Tile
Many people love ceramic tile because it is easy to maintain and clean. The flooring only requires the occasional sweeping and mopping to maintain its beauty. Due to the tile’s water resistance, it makes the perfect product to be placed in rooms that have high moisture and humidity such as laundry rooms, kitchens and bathrooms. It can also withstand an enormous amount of foot traffic. In addition, ceramic tile does not heat up. This benefit can be an advantage to homeowners in temperate climates as the floor will feel cool and comfortable.
Cons of Ceramic Tile
Ceramic tile is very heavy. So people must consider this weight when placing tile on upper floors of the home as the floor will need to be properly supported from below. Since ceramic tile is fired clay, it has a hard surface that can cause aches in the feet when a person stands on it for long periods of time. The hard surface is also unforgiving of delicate objects, such as plates and glasses. These delicate items will shatter when dropped onto the floor. Glazed ceramic tiles can be slippery when wet, while unglazed ceramic must be sealed to prevent stains from setting into the surface. While some people love walking on these tiles during the hot summer, the tiles coldness may be an issue during winters when the temperatures drop.
Placing Ceramic Tile in the Home
Ceramic tile can be placed anywhere in the home. It is most often found in kitchens and bathrooms due to its water resistance and stain resistance. It may also be found in hallways, laundry rooms, mud rooms, dining rooms and living rooms. While it can also be placed in bedrooms, a homeowner may prefer a softer and warmer surface in this space.
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