By Dior Veron. Ceramic Tile. Published at Saturday, May 25th, 2019 - 03:38:34 AM.
Ceramic tiles are made of clay and a few other components, providing it with a great water and stain resistance. They have an eye-catching shine, which wins the heart of onlookers. These are man made tiles, and have gained a huge popularity over past couple of decades. The use of these tiles has now expanded to floors, exteriors and outdoors. However, a number of people still visualize a bathroom, adorned with beautiful wall tiles with floral print, whenever the word 'tiles' is pronounced.
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.
Removing ceramic tile is usually a secondary job that includes the application of some tools coupled with physical power. Ceramic tiles generally do not come up easily and their removal process depends on the surface on which they are installed. For instance, if they are set in mastic, ceramic tiles come up easily with the help of a long-handled floor scraper. But, for removing asbestos-laden mastic ceramic tiles, you require special equipments and respirators.
The kind of ornamentation of the ceramic tile is important too. For a ceramic countertop or tabletop, the tiles should be flat. For a backsplash the tiles can have low relief but high relief will be difficult to clean and is not generally advised. Fireplaces, murals, mosaics and facades can be either flat, have low relief or high relief and low fire glazes are OK in these applications. Be careful though with areas that will get much use, such as around a fireplace where logs will be placed or fireplace tools will be used. Low fire tiles and glazes can crack or chip much more easily than stoneware and high fire glazes. Also, if it is an area that will require frequent cleaning, high relief may prove troublesome.
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