By Natuche Potier. Ceramic Tile. Published at Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 - 10:20:49 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.
If the floor you're covering with ceramic tile flooring is other than concrete, you'll either have to lay concrete first or lay concrete backing boards. The floor in which you'll install your ceramic tile flooring must be as even as possible. If it's not, you'll have to even it out first. Repair all holes and cracks in the floor and clean it thoroughly prior to beginning work. Once the floor is prepared and dried, you can start laying your ceramic tile flooring. It is best to lay the tile in pre-separated sections. Divide the floor into four sections. You can use grout as a line separator. Then, for each section, use a notched trowel to spread the mortar. Hold the trowel at a 45 degree angle so that it creates notches in the spread. This enables better holding when you set in the tile.
Flooring presents other challenges, and opportunities. Clearly floor tiles must be durable so high fire stoneware is the best choice. Any kind of relief is not advised as uneven surfaces can be difficult to walk on, especially for the aged. An additional consideration with flooring tiles is slickness. A glossy glaze on a floor is not recommended. A heavily textured glaze or a matte glaze is best. Outdoor use in cold climates demands high fired tiles and dependable glazes, especially if on horizontal surfaces. Low fire and even porous tiles can be used outdoors in cold climates if on or in a vertical surface. But you are still better off with a frost proof tile in cold climates.
Ceramic tiles are made of clay and a few other components, providing it with a great water and stain resistance. They have an eye-catching shine, which wins the heart of onlookers. These are man made tiles, and have gained a huge popularity over past couple of decades. The use of these tiles has now expanded to floors, exteriors and outdoors. However, a number of people still visualize a bathroom, adorned with beautiful wall tiles with floral print, whenever the word 'tiles' is pronounced.
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