When you think elegance, beauty, and style, you think of Tile Flooring. Tile adds significant value to your home because of its durability, beauty, and versatility. One advantage to tile flooring is the variety it provides, including Wall and Ceiling tiles. It is an ideal flooring choice for bathrooms and kitchens because it is impervious to moisture and is able to cover the entire room with fluent design and grace. Accent Tiles can give a touch of flair to a tile installation giving the entire room the feel you’re looking for, be it rustic or contemporary.
Tile Floors are becoming more popular for other rooms of the home as well, from living rooms to dining rooms. A high quality tile floor will last a lifetime while maintaining its luster for years.Tile products are available in many colors, patterns and textures. Each type is made from a different composition, and that is what determines the tile’s body color, texture and density. There are two main types of tile, ceramic and porcelain.
The term "ceramic tile" is often used as a generic name for all types of tile. But the composition of true ceramic is very different from that of the other types. Ceramic is made primarily of clay mixed with minerals and water. This composition is then processed with heat to create the solidified product. Since ceramic material is porous, the top surface is usually sealed with a glaze. The glazed surface is referred to as the design layer since it determines the tile’s finished color, design and texture.
Glazed ceramic tile is very durable, and when properly installed and cared for, it will last longer than any material used for the same purpose. It is also one of the easiest surfaces to clean, and because of its composition, it will not absorb odors, nor support allergens or bacteria. It will not burn, emit toxic fumes or scorch.
The primary ingredient in the composition of true porcelain tile is finely-ground sand. Unlike ceramic, processing of the porcelain composition involves pressure and extremely high temperature. The end result is a very dense, glass-like material with a water absorption rate of less than 0.5%. Because of its density and composition of natural ingredients, porcelain tile has all the same excellent qualities of glazed ceramic.
Porcelain’s hardness makes it a little more challenging to install. Porcelain tile requires special tools for cutting and shaping. The average do-it-yourselfer would not typically have these tools and may not be experienced enough to use them if they were rented or purchased.Porcelain Tile is an excellent choice for exceptional floor and wall covering needs.