By Berangaria Rougier. Ceramic Tile. Published at Saturday, May 25th, 2019 - 06:09:23 AM.
Installing ceramic tile floors is not as hard as it looks. With a little knowledge and an easy step-by-step guide on how to do it, you can already be tiling your way to your dream floor. Here are some basic ceramic tiling tips you can chew on when you plan on installing ceramic tile floors at your home. Knowing the kind of subfloor you'll be installing ceramic tile flooring over is important. There are three main types of subfloors you might encounter: Vinyl, plywood, and concrete floors. Installing ceramic tile flooring directly to your vinyl or linoleum subfloor surfaces is greatly discouraged. One, it may contain asbestos fibers; and two, vinyl flooring is not a solid as good ol' concrete flooring. When installing ceramic tile on vinyl, experts would recommend rough-sanding, or scarifying, the vinyl floor surface first so your tiling mortar has good grip to set on.
Prices can vary according to tile type. Natural stone tiles made from granite or slate may sell for two dollars per square foot. Glazed ceramic tiles run from a dollar to twenty dollars per square foot, while unglazed quarry tiles may average around $2 per square foot. An important thing to remember is to use ceramic tiles with a slightly rough textured surface when tiling the bathroom. This is so you won't encounter accidents on a floor that's always wet. Smooth glazed ceramic tiles, especially, are ideal for kitchen or back porch flooring. But you shouldn't use them bathroom floors, as they can be treacherous when wet.
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.
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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