Save Money on Flooring – Use Ceramic Tile
Ceramic tiles come in a wide variety such as floor tiles, wall tiles, mosaic tiles, and decorative tiles.
When creating the right look for your home, color and design are important. This industry offers the right combination of colors, sizes and textures to make it easy for you to express your individuality.
Ceramic tiles have been in use for centuries. Today’s ceramic tiles are virtually indistinguishable from travertines, slates, natural marbles, and other stone products.
Porcelain tile and glazed ceramic tile are a great choice for kitchens, sunrooms, great rooms, bathrooms, and foyers.
Ceramic floor tiles are more durable than ceramic wall tiles. Wall tiles are available with a matte surface or a semi-gloss finish glaze. This glazed surface has very low slip resistance and becomes slippery when wet. Therefore, glazed wall tiles are much more suitable for countertop applications or wall applications rather than flooring.
Clay and water constitute the two basic elements of the glazed ceramic tile. Various clays are mixed to a fine powder by extracting and grinding them and to form the body of the tile they are pressed together. To reduce the moisture content, the pressed body is dried. They then paint the surface of the tile with a glass-like colored glaze. Then, to fuse the glaze to the tile’s surface, the tile is heated in kilns to approximately two thousand degrees Fahrenheit. This forms the finished product.
Porcelain tile is used for both interior and exterior applications and can withstand heavy traffic while maintaining its color and beauty. A mixture of fine-grained clays and other minerals is used to produce porcelain tiles that are highly resistant to moisture, wear, and stains, as they have a very dense body.
There are standardized industry ratings and tests to determine the overall performance and durability of the glazed surface of ceramic tiles and this rates the tile’s specific resistance to breakage, moisture, abrasion, scratching and more.
Patterns and designs can be chosen by planning floor patterns, wall patterns, floor borders, and wall and floor combinations.
You can plan and design your own floor by choosing the right design for your home. How do you do it? Following the correct pattern and choosing the right pattern for your home. This largely depends on your taste and lifestyle.
You can be your own designer. You can do this by deciding various factors like scale, color, layout style, texture, and pattern.
Scale – You can use larger patterns for larger rooms and smaller patterns for smaller rooms.
Color: to choose the color of the tile, discover the color of your cabinet, your table, chair or sofa, wall and more. You have to base the color of the tile floor on the color of various fixtures in your room. Which means that it is better if you choose a contrasting color of tile for your floor.
Design Style – It is always a general notion that a theme will often reveal itself in colors, styles, and textures. So, collect all of your favorite items like stamps, photos, and other items of interest to you and, if possible, put them on a design board.
Texture and pattern: Next comes texture and pattern after color and style. Every style and type of flooring has a texture.
How to protect your flooring investment:
1. Sweep or vacuum regularly to remove sand or dirt;
2. Under chairs and heavy furniture, use felt protectors;
3. Clean spill residue by wiping spills immediately with a clean, dry microfiber cloth;
4. Acids can damage grout and glazed tile surfaces, and ammonia discolors grout. Therefore, make sure that the cleaners never contain acids or ammonia;
5. Make sure all exterior entrances are protected with protective mats;
6. Never use oil or wax soaps while cleaning your tile floor;
7. Visit your flooring dealer for a professional strength grout cleaner while removing stains like soap scum, mildew stains, and grease from grout joints;
8. Contact your flooring dealer for a tile adhesive and sealer remover when you need to remove waxes or sealers from your tile floor;
9. Always keep in mind not to slide or roll heavy appliances or furniture across the floor; protect your floor when using a dolly to move appliances or furniture.