Published at Friday, May 17th, 2019 - 14:50:21 PM. Ceramic Tile. By Lorraina Picard.
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.
Concerning the price tag, ceramics are definitely cheaper. However, both of them come in huge varieties of prices, colors, patterns and sizes. But ceramics are far cheaper and are much more commonly used at home compared to the vitrified ones. So when it comes to the price, ceramic tiles are much more desirable than vitrified. When durability is concerned, vitrified tiles are sure winners. These tiles are much stronger than natural granite, which is one of the most durable products for modern homes. Vitrified tiles owns ceramic tiles when strength with regards to strength, ability to resist scratches and ability to withstand acids, alkalis, and chemicals without being damaged.
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