If you’re looking for a flexible flooring option that can be suitable in a variety of applications, you may want to consider ceramic tile flooring. The material also has plenty of benefits, including water and stain resistance, though there are drawbacks to be aware of as well. As with any design decision, it’s important that you familiarize yourself with the drawbacks as well as the benefits before you make a decision. Here is what you need to know about ceramic tile flooring before making the choice to use it or not.
Water resistance: glazed ceramic tile flooring has an extra layer that protects the tiles from water and stains. This is ideal for conditions where moisture or even just high humidity may be an issue. Bathrooms and kitchens are areas where we often see ceramic tiles installed. Just remember that unglazed ceramic tiles will need to be sealed if you want to protect them from liquids.
Maintenance and durability: caring for your ceramic tile flooring is a cinch. Because the material is resistant to stains, all you need to do is wipe up any dirt or liquids that rest on the surface. Beyond that, regular sweeping or vacuuming periodically will do the trick, keeping your floors looking spotless for years to come. Speaking of, ceramic flooring can last 10-20 years or more when properly maintained thanks to its tough and durable properties.
Versatility: thanks to its construction, ceramic tiles are great for all kinds of applications. One thing to consider is that there aren’t any allergy concerns due to the hard surface. Dirt, dust, pollen, and animal hair can all easily be cleaned up, allowing for more people to take advantage of all that ceramic has to offer.
Temperature retention: ceramic doesn’t hold onto heat well, meaning your floors may get cold during the winter and stay cold. If you’re the kind of person who likes to ditch the socks and walk around barefoot, this may be an issue for you, although there are radiant heat ceramic tiles out there that address this particular issue.
Heavy weight: because ceramic tiles are so heavy, they may not be ideal for installing on upper floors. In the event that you do install ceramic flooring on the second story or above, make sure a qualified professional takes a look and makes sure that all is good to go first. If you’re installing your tiles yourself, keep in mind that extra weight is going to make for a more difficult installation job.
Harder surface: the hard surface of ceramic tiles is both a positive and a negative. It can get uncomfortable to stand on if you’re going to be standing in one place all day often. That said, you can always throw down an area or throw rug in places people may be standing often. A rug in front of your sink and cooking areas can give you the best of both worlds.
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