By Berangaria Rougier. Ceramic Tile. Published at Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 - 18:21:26 PM.
If you want to give your home a creative and artistic touch, then the most suitable option is to use hand painted ceramic tiles. Hand painting is one of the most popular methods for decorating ceramic tiles. Hand painted ceramic tiles not only improve the aesthetic value of your home, but also increase its resale value. They are a perfect choice to beautify children?s bedroom, recreation areas, living room, counter tops, stair risers, fireplaces, patios, fountains, table tops, floor accents, window borders, display windows, and wall coverings.
The focal point of any kitchen is a beautiful countertop. Ceramic tile is perhaps the most suitable option for kitchen countertops. Ceramic tile is also ideal to give an upscale as well as artistic appearance to countertops. In addition, ceramic tile countertops form smart alternatives to kitchen remodeling and cabinet re-facing projects. Ceramic tile countertops are now available in a range of colors, textures, patterns, and shapes. Ceramic tile countertops are resistant to heat, scratch, and stain. Cost-effectiveness, durability, and versatility are their other advantages. Usually, ceramic tiles can be installed on all types of countertops like those made of plywood, cement, and lightweight aggregates. But, the main thing is the application of the right backing under the tiles. The selection of sink type is also important. Usually, sinks selected for ceramic tile countertops are 'tile in' and 'self rimming' types. The tile in type sink is generally set below the tile surface, and the other type is set on the top of the tile. Typically, the size of ceramic tile countertop ranges from one square inch to six square inches. Today, trim tiles are available to cove backsplashes and front edge treatments.
Though installation of ceramic tile is not a complicated task, it does involve some detailed steps such as preparing tile surface, laying out the wall, applying adhesive or mortar, setting tile, and caulking. Ceramic tile can be installed on any surface such as drywall, plaster, cement block, and even in existing ceramic tile. The surface for the tiles should be flat, smooth, and free of dust and debris. Additionally, if there is any loose paint or crack on the surface, it should be scraped off and patched with some water-proof substance. Laying out the wall is perhaps the most important step in the installation process. It includes determining the level line, planning starting point, and checking whether any irregularity has been caused by fixtures like kitchen cabinets and tubs. The next step is to evenly apply ceramic wall adhesive on the surface using a notch trowel. Pro-mastic and pro-flex platinum are the most commonly used adhesives for ceramic tiles.
Clean ceramic tile has a longer life expectancy and retains its glossy image until the end. Ceramic tile is used to decorate walls and floors, fireplaces and showers. It is manufactured with naturally-available products including clay and quartz sand. Clay has the property of restricting water flow and is used in the construction of dams, bridges and canals. Ceramic is also used in the preparation of engineering materials such as transistors in electronic devices. There are many varieties of ceramic tiles, and they differ in size, shape, design, pattern and make, and some are even produced specifically for certain rooms, including the bathroom, the kitchen and the living room. However, no matter the type of tile or the use of the tile, it should be taken care of, because clean ceramic tile is a key component in both the beauty of a house and the health of a family.
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