What You Need to Know About Ceramic Tile
SOME ADVANTAGES TO CERAMIC TILE
Variations in size, color, texture and pattern not only should be expected in ceramic flooring, they should be enjoyed. This distinguishing characteristic of ceramic tile is a source of its natural beauty. For a neat, contemporary ceramic tile floor, choose a tile with low shade and texture. A tile with a high or random shade and texture will achieve a more casual, rustic effect.
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 used ceramic tile before or 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.
CHARACTERISTICS OF CERAMIC TILE
- Durable – a properly installed ceramic tile will outperform and outlast nearly any other floor covering product created for the same application.
- Easy Care – glazed ceramic tile resist stains, odors, and dirt and can be cleaned up with a damp mop or sponge or common household cleaners such as Mr. Clean, Top Job or Spic and Span.
- Scratch Resistant – Grade III and Grade IV glazed ceramic tiles are extremely resistant to scratching and you never have to worry about a cut or tear like you do with some other types of floors.
- Environmentally Friendly – ceramic tile is manufactured using natural materials and does not retain odors, allergens, or bacteria.
- Beautiful and Versatile – modern ceramic manufacturing technology has created virtually an unlimited number of colors, sizes, styles, shapes, and textures that will ad rich beauty and character to any room decor.
- Fire Resistant – ceramic tile doesn’t burn nor emit toxic fumes. A lighted cigarette, when dropped on the floor, even if allowed to sit, will not do any damage to ceramic tile. Even hot kitchen pans or skillets will not scorch or melt the surface of glazed ceramic tile.
- Water Resistant – most glazed ceramic tile has a dense body that permits little or no accumulation of moisture. This means spills from common liquids found in a kitchen are not a big concern.
CERAMIC TILE OPTIONS
Unglazed Floor Tile (Pavers) – There is no glazing or any other coating applied to these ceramic tiles. Because these tiles are porous it is recommended that a special penetrating sealant be used to maintain this type of floor and to help prevent stains from seeping into the pores of the tiles. Their color is the same on the face of the tile as it is on the back, resulting in very durable tiles that do not show the effects of heavy traffic.
Marble – A natural product that is not made in a factory. For this reason no two pieces of marble look the same and the veining is a natural characteristic in all marble. There are special marble sealants to help protect from staining of the face. Extra care should be used when cleaning and all abrasives and acidic cleaners should never be used. Even colas, some juices and possible ammonia may destroy the marble finish.
Granite – This is another natural stone that is not manufactured in a factory. Granite can be used indoors or outdoors and is less porous than marble. It is still recommended that you use a sealant to protect the finish from staining.
Porcelain – This is a type of ceramic tile made of a very fine mixture of clays and minerals similar to those found in fine dinnerware. These special clays allow porcelain tile to be fired at temperatures even higher than ceramic tile, typically exceeding 2,400 degrees F. The higher temperature results in a very dense tile. The denser a tile, the better it resists moisture. Whether you are thinking of decorating your home or you want to protect against water in spaces like restroom, kitchen, or the entree; or even if you just want to add an extra beauty and elegance to your home; then installing porcelain tiles in your home can be a wonderful addition to your house. There are several advantages of using porcelain tiles in your home:
- Resistant to stains, odors, bacteria, and scratches
- Denser and harder than most other tile
- Highly stain and water resistant
- Naturally hygienic with easy to clean surfaces that can be smooth, textured, or polished
- Beautiful and durable, both in the home or in commercial applications
Some important things we can help with when selecting a ceramic tile floor is the slip-resistance, the size and color of the grout joints, the thickness of the tile, height variations from room to room, size of the tile, suitability of the sub-floor and cleaning of the tile. After purchasing your ceramic tile, “always” choose an experienced and reputable tile setter to install your tile. Always ask for references and pictures of previous work. A+ Floor Store uses job contractors that are licensed and insured with a minimum of 15 years experience laying tile.
A Plus Floor Store has been in business for 14 years in the Kent County area. Bob Dashiell owner of A Plus Floor Store, Inc. has been in the flooring business for 24 years, Steve Dashiell has 15 years, Dave Swetland has 13 years, and A.J. Parker has 3 years in the floor business. With over 55 years of experience between them they can certainly answer any questions that you might have about flooring. For more information please call A Plus Floor Store, Inc. at 302-698-3313 or 1-800-672-6107.
Over the years I have used A Plus Floor Store, Inc. for all of my carpet jobs. As well as my daughter’s home. One of my jobs was for a hallway and stairs in a six bedroom bed and breakfast in Lewes, DE, after five years of wear and tear that carpet still looked like brand new. So when I sold the B & B and built a new home I went to see A Plus for all my flooring. I can’t say enough good things about them and their service. Thanks Guys, P