By Garlan Benoist. Ceramic Tile. Published at Friday, May 17th, 2019 - 22:36:33 PM.
Fine art paintings done on either ceramic tiles or tumbled marble tiles are hand painted ceramic tile murals and tumbled marble murals. When these painted ceramic tiles and tumbled marble tiles are fired they will add color, a unique beauty and charm to your home, business or boat. Ceramic tile murals tumbled marble murals and accent tiles make beautiful back-splashes and surrounds for kitchens, bathrooms, barbecue islands, patios and poolside areas. Popular ceramic tile mural designs include a wide variety of palm tree murals, seascape and landscape murals, lighthouse and tropical murals, coral reef and marine life tile murals. Virtually anything that you desire can be created. Each ceramic tile mural can be hand-painted to your specifications. The best part about mural or tile art is it can be customized to fit to almost any dimensions, so if you like a particular painting you've seen it can be made larger or smaller – you have choices and options.
Maintaining vitrified tiles and ceramic tiles don't go far off from each other. Both have nearly similar ways of maintenance and cleaning. Both vitrified and ceramic doesn't need any special maintenance ritual after installation. Cleaning both types of tiles is also not so difficult. Both can be cleaned using a damp cloth. However, if the going gets tough, the tough gets rougher. In cases that your tiles are really greasy, you could use strong cleaning chemicals such as detergents and bleach. It is safe to use these chemicals on any type of vitrified tiles or ceramic tiles. The non – porous surface of both tiles makes it impossible for molds and mildew to occur. That is why it is perfect for pools, bathrooms and kitchens.
The History of Ceramic Tiles. Essentially made of clay, ceramic floor tiles date as far back as prehistoric times. Though extremely rudimentary, even back then they were being decorated in pigment and carved to produce a pleasing result. Eventually, it was discovered that firing the clay at very high heat made it much stronger and also gave it a degree of water resistance and resilience. Cultures all over the world used variations of the tile to decorate temples, homes and various structures, from ancient Greece and Rome to Asian countries. Glazed tiles were then initiated by the Persians and who created mosaics and interesting graduations in colour using the smaller tile pieces. In modern times, manufacturers of the product typically use the pressed-dust mode of production. But no matter the method, all ceramic tiles are fired to increase durability. In the end, what dictates the price of a ceramic tile is the quality of the clay used, how many times it has been fired and at what heat.
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.
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