Products that beautify your home, enhance design and décor, meet your specific comfort, performance and budget needs, are easy to care for, and stand the test of time. Ceramic tile has been around for centuries, and with today's technology manufacturers have created new design and Application possibilities that were not available a decade ago. If you have never lived with ceramic tile before or if it has been a long time since you have done so, you will be amazed at the wide selection of colors, sizes, shapes and new textures that are now available.
- natural product made up of clay, minerals, and water
- has a ceramic coating on the tile body, giving it color and finish
- natural choice for your interior floors and walls
- if properly installed it will outperform and outlast other floor covering
- resists stains, odors, and dirt
- can be cleaned up with a damp mop or sponge
- keeping your grout dirt free requires regular cleaning
- low-maintenance material
- glazed tiles require care and attention
- Grade III and IV are extremely resistant to scratching
- never have to worry about a cut or tear
- manufactured using natural materials
- does not retain odors, allergens, or bacteria
Beautiful and versatile
- technology created unlimited number of colors, sizes, styles, shapes and textures
- doesn't burn nor emit toxic fumes
- hot pans will not scorch or melt the surface
- dense body permits little or no accumulation of moisture.
It goes without saying that you should use that unique sense when choosing ceramic tile. The ceramic tile that you select will impact your home’s interior beauty, design, décor, comfort, livability and upkeep. It’s a fact, floor coverings can make, or break, a home. Due to the number of tile choices, patterns, colors, textures and price points can intimidate even the most experienced shopper.
3 types of ceramic tile
- Six basic styles of carpet
- Textured, Saxony or plush, frieze, cable, looped, and cut & loop.
- Each style has its own characteristics and performance capabilities.
- Carefully consider all of each style's features, qualities and conditions in making your buying decision.
- coated with glass-forming minerals and ceramic stains
- yypically have a matte, semi-gloss or high-gloss finish
- offer better stain and moisture resistance than unglazed
- high gloss finishes- more slippery and show scratches
- matte or textured finishes- help with traction and scratches, dirt is less visible.
- hard and dense
- various surface treatments and textures
- typically installed outside
- good slip resistance
- do require sealing to help prevent staining.
- fall in the ceramic tile category
- hardest and densest tiles available
- color goes all the way through
- resist scratching
- can withstand temperature extremes.
- manufactured in sizes ranging from 1” to 24” square
- normally boxed and priced by the square foot
- tile size is relative
- referred to by nominal size, not its actual size
- during firing ceramic tile will shrink by about 10% in size
- most popular are larger sized tiles (13” by 13”, 16” by 16” and 18” by 18”)
- determining tile size starts with the size of the room
- small rooms don’t necessarily call for small tile
- incorporating a larger size tile in a smaller room will visually increase the size of the space
- fewer grout lines will help create a cleaner surface appearance
- using a tile size that’s too small creates more grout joints that may make the floor look too busy.
- consumers prefer ceramic tile over stone due to price and maintenance
- tile can also be made to feature heavy textures, chiseled and hammered edges, and resemble tumbled stone
- tile texture is related to its style
- feel of a tumbled stone or slate looking ceramic tile will be irregular and somewhat rough
- tile simulating marble or granite will have a very smooth, polished feel
- textures also vary in degree of shine, ranging from dull to semi-gloss to glass-like.
- tile is a versatile product
- outdoor tile features non-skid finishes designed for safety
- outdoor tile is resistant to frost
- tile manufactured for outdoor use has very low water absorption, minimizing the cracking, chipping and other effects of expansion when the temperature falls below freezing.
- manufacturers also offer decorative inserts, medallions and mosaics
- tile size 2”x2” and smaller are usually referred to as mosaics
- often used with different colors to create a pattern or decorative inset
- smaller tiles also come in different shapes, such as hexagon
- patterned borders can be made up of different size tiles
- variations in color, shape or size can be patterned within a room, or across adjoining rooms
- “field tile” -the more prominent tile that is throughout the largest areas
- floor and wall tiles may be designed to look similar
- floor tiles are generally thicker and are textured to be safer to walk on.
- impacts the overall look
- type of cement that is used to fill the space and provide support in tile joints
- two types of grout; Portland cement based, and epoxy based
- both may have sand added for additional strength
- Sanded grout is for tile joints 1/8th of an inch and larger
- Unsanded grout is an option used in joints that are smaller than 1/8th of an inch
- can be pigmented to many colors, shades and hues
- pigment is added to the cement at the job site when the grout is mixed
- color and thickness will change the appearance of the floor
- white or a light colored grout highlights the color in tile
- dark grout with a light tile, or light grout with a dark tile, will emphasize the geometric pattern of your layout.
Sooner or later, time and traffic, life and living, will take its toll on any floor covering. Ceramic tile is no exception.But take heart, keeping your tile as clean and beautiful as its first days in your home just takes know-how. In fact, understanding the best methods to care for your ceramic flooring will help maintain its beauty and keep it close to its original condition. Plus, knowing what’s expected of you regarding upkeep can be a determining factor in which type of ceramic tile to purchase. Knowing how to care for and maintain your ceramic floor will help keep your investment beautiful, durable and a source of pride for years to come.
- It’s important to sweep a tile floor regularly.
- Use walk-off mats at all exterior entrances.
- Remember to shake the mats often to remove the dirt.
- Ceramic tile floors should be damp-mopped regularly using the manufacturer’s recommended grout and tile cleaners.
- Textured tiles may require mild scrubbing with a soft brush or electric polisher/scrubber.
- For soft water situations you may need to use an all-purpose cleaner.
- Use cleaning products available from your local grocery store or flooring retailer for heavier cleaning tasks.
- Consult the cleaning product’s instructions to make sure the cleaning product is compatible with your type of tile.
- After cleaning, rinse well and wipe dry
- Avoid using steel wool, scouring powders, or other abrasives.
- Don’t use bleach or ammonia based cleaners.
- Do not clean glazed tile with oil-based cleaners.
- Try to clean up spills as quickly as possible.
- Tile can crack under extreme force or pressure.
- Take the proper precautions when moving heavy objects across your tile floor.
- Cover furniture and table legs with protectors.
- Keep extra tiles after the installation.
- Areas exposed to water need to be caulked on a regular basis.
- Seal your grout for added protection.
- Grout colorants are available for stained, damaged or undesired colored grout.
- Consult the manufacturers’ recommendations.