By Harriet Chiron. Ceramic Tile. Published at Saturday, May 18th, 2019 - 02:55:35 AM.
Since the beginning of time, ceramic tiles have been the popular choice for counter tops, walls, floors and even in roofing in every home. Vitrified tiles on the other hand have the distinct facade of colored glass. The word ”vitrify” literally refers to the phrase ”to change into glass or anything that looks like glass by undergoing some heat process. If you really want to know what's up with these two, you better check the tale of the tape, ceramic tiles versus vitrified tiles.
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.
If a loose tile is located, then the rest of the tiles should come off easily. For removing the first tile, gently apply a thin putty knife under the edge of the tile. To facilitate the insertion of knife under the tile, a hammer can be used to tap the knife's handle. When the knife or blade is halfway beneath the tile, it should be exerted gradually. Likewise, remove all the ceramic tiles. If done carefully and properly, ceramic tiles can be salvaged to an extent. But, before using removed ceramic tiles again, their back should be cleaned with an adhesive remover.
When it comes to properties, ceramic and vitrified tiles are both products of men or man made products, as it is popularly called. Ceramic are created from clay. The clay body is topped with a ceramic glaze. On the other hand, vitrified tiles are made by fusing silica and clay. The mixture are then heated or placed under high – fiery temperatures, which would then result to a non – porous tile with glass – like texture. The vitrified type doesn't need additional glaze to be added on to it.
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