Published at Friday, May 24th, 2019 - 08:15:51 AM. Ceramic Tile. By Bernadette Pelissier.
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.
For ceramic walls in dry areas not subject to much physical contact most any type of tile and glaze is adequate. For wet areas flat tiles, low relief tiles or even high relief tiles can be used so long as they are not in a hazardous place that a body can inadvertently come into contact with them. A large frog leaping out from your shower wall at body height is probably not a good idea. Obviously, porous tiles are not good for wet areas. So long as the tile is vitreous – has been fired to maturity such that the crystalline structure is unified – the tile or glaze is OK, however the joints between the tiles will need to be sealed. Again, the best bet here is a high fired stoneware tile with a dependable glaze.
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