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Ceramic Tile Flooring
Unglazed Ceramic TilesWhen a material is unglazed, it is porous, meaning water can soak straight into it. Unglazed tiles are either made from natural materials or synthetic ones. Each type of unglazed tile has the same properties. The main benefit of using unglazed tiles is the low price. Unglazed tiles are much cheaper than their glazed counterparts, but they have some downfalls. They are sensitive to acids; therefore, you can’t use them in the kitchen or bathroom, where there is a high chance that liquids may come into contact with them. There is also a risk of mold growth on unglazed tiles since they can’t be dried easily.
Glazed Ceramic TilesThese ceramic tiles are the most popular. It contains a glazing material that bonds to the body during firing in the kiln. Glazed tiles are less porous, which protects against liquids penetration. It also provides easier cleaning because of its smooth surface. The glaze offers better slip resistance, making it less slippery when exposed to wet conditions. These tiles are more durable than unglazed tiles.
Porcelain TilesPorcelain tiles are the highest quality ceramic tile available. They contain high-quality clay, which makes them smoother. Liquids are less likely to penetrate the tile body. It also has a high resistance to hot water and chemicals, perfect for kitchens and bathrooms. Its extra smooth surface makes it easy to clean. Like glazed tiles, porcelain tiles have excellent slip resistance.
Pros of Ceramic Tiles
- It is a durable and sturdy material
- Ceramic tile is water-and stain-resistant
- It is non-allergenic, doesn’t attract dust or other allergens
- You can create various designs with the material
Cons of Ceramic Tile Flooring
- It’s hard, no movement
- The material is a heavy
- It is difficult and tedious to install
Ceramic tiles are a cheap flooring material and perfect for any DIY installations. However, the prices may change depending on the quality and design of the tile you have chosen. Compared to other flooring types, ceramic tiles can cost around the same as quality hardwood flooring.
Although the ceramic tile might be cost-effective, it is difficult to install. To ensure your floors are done well, it is recommended to hire an expert tile installer to help you out.
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Ceramic Tile Flooring Installation & Maintenance
- Prepare and lay an underlay to work as a foundation for the tile
- Cut the tiles to the right shape and size that you need
- Spread the mortar along the sub-floor
- Lay down the tiles
- Apply grouting and grout sealant
Ceramic floor tiles are easy to maintain. Due to its super smooth surface, the tiles can remain stain and mess-free. If there are any accidental spills or stains on the floor, you can easily wipe or mop the mess away.
The kitchen is an area that always gets messy, with the amount of food being chopped and peeled there’s always so much clutter around. Having ceramic flooring can be a good way to keep your cooking station clean.
To effectively keep your floor bacteria-free, you must consistently clean it using a vacuum, followed by a mop drenched in a cleaning solution. By doing so, you ensure that your floors are always clean and germ-free.