Ceramic tile flooring looks beautiful in all homes. While this type of flooring is quite ideal for bathroom and kitchen floors, it can look lovely in other high-traffic areas of the house, like entryways, mudrooms, laundry rooms, or sunrooms. Ceramic tile flooring offers tons of practical and aesthetic advantages. It may be the right material for your next residential flooring project. Here is a brief guide on what you need to know about ceramic tile flooring for your home, including plenty of benefits and a few minor drawbacks to consider.
The installation process for ceramic tile flooring is very straightforward. Precisely cut ceramic tiles are laid out and adhered to the floor with mortar and grout. The tiles and grout must then be sealed to protect the materials from stains and moisture. For this type of material and installation process, it’s highly recommended to leave the job to a professional flooring installer to complete your project. Overall, this will yield better performance and appearance results in the final product.
Glazed ceramic tiles have a water-resistant, protective layer that prevents liquids and moisture from seeping into the tile. Once sealed, unglazed tiles and the grout used for its installation is good at keeping moisture at bay. The water-resistant quality of ceramic tile flooring makes it ideal in humid and wet-prone conditions, such as in the bathroom and kitchen. Another perk of ceramic’s water-resistance is it makes cleaning them a breeze! You can mop, sweep, or vacuum the floors as needed.
Hard and Durable
Ceramic tiles are made by firing clay in a kiln. The resulting product is extremely hard and durable. The individual tiles are crack and scratch-resistant, so they’ll look new for years with regular cleaning. In fact, correctly installed ceramic tiles will not budge or shift either. In the unlikely event, a tile cracks or gets damaged, it’s very simple to replace. The broken tiles can be removed and replaced as needed instead of tearing up the entire room’s flooring.
Modern ceramic tiles are produced in several varying styles. One can choose from solid designs to patterned ones. Some tiles can also be printed to mimic the look of other stones and even hardwood. Ceramic tiles can be cut into different shapes to create unique patterns for your home flooring. Additionally, ceramic tiles come glazed and unglazed so that you can choose from glossy or more matte flooring finishes.
Ceramic tiles are known to feel hard and cold underfoot, which can make it uncomfortable to stand on for long periods. However, homeowners can counteract the coldness by installing in-floor heating. For those that install the tile in kitchens, homeowners add a small area rug to where they tend to be working most like in front of the sink or stove. Another drawback to consider is that ceramic tile can be too heavy for some upper-story floor installations.
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