By Lavern Martineau. Ceramic Tile. Published at Saturday, May 25th, 2019 - 03:38:21 AM.
Ceramic tiles have become an extremely popular and commonplace material used to decorate floors in homes throughout the world. Ceramic floor tiles are relatively inexpensive, particularly compared to other pricier materials, and are also versatile, easy to clean and come in a wide variety of style, colour, pattern and print that can be easily catered to almost any style and decor of house. Such tiles have actually been around for thousands of years, though in much cruder and basic forms. Over time, they developed into the stronger and more resilient type we know today. There are also many advantages of using ceramic tiles in the home, as well as some disadvantages that must be considered when choosing the most appropriate material for your floors.
Decorative ceramic tile is used to decorate walls and floors. Walls can be decorated with these tiles in the place of wallpaper. Fireplaces and showers can be decorated with decorated tiles which increase the value of the house. Interior designers are using decorative tiles in their designs, and homeowners are learning to express their beliefs and personalities through the tiles they choose. Most tiles are exposed to dust, and they will fade over time if they are not cleaned regularly, especially those with painted images or designs. It is important to have clean ceramic tile because it keeps the family healthy and happy. In the end, it also saves on money and time, since well-groomed tiles will last longer and will need to be replaced less frequently, saving on cost, labor and annoyance.
Prices can vary according to tile type. Natural stone tiles made from granite or slate may sell for two dollars per square foot. Glazed ceramic tiles run from a dollar to twenty dollars per square foot, while unglazed quarry tiles may average around $2 per square foot. An important thing to remember is to use ceramic tiles with a slightly rough textured surface when tiling the bathroom. This is so you won't encounter accidents on a floor that's always wet. Smooth glazed ceramic tiles, especially, are ideal for kitchen or back porch flooring. But you shouldn't use them bathroom floors, as they can be treacherous when wet.
Such a cermic tile would not be suitable for certain applications. For example if you intend to use the tile for a backsplash, counter top or tabletop you will need a very durable tile that will hold up to frequent cleaning and in the case of a countertop or tabletop, some hard use too. Stoneware clays are the most suitable for this sort of use. Stoneware is normally fired to about cone 6 (around 2200 degrees F) and is very strong. But in your inquiry, don't stop with what kind of clay the tiles are made from. Glazes vary enormously and even so-called 'food-safe' glazes can leach out chemicals, stain and lose their color. Many manufactured tiles are poorly made and will not hold up to the uses they are marketed for. Of course, there are many quite excellent manufactured tiles too so you need to inquire to be sure. That information however may or not be readily available.
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