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Ceramic Floor Tile Basics
Made using a variety of natural materials including different types of stone and clay, flooring type is typically sorted into one of two broad categories:
Ceramic floor tile is made from clay that has been molded and then heated under extreme pressure. There are two main types:
- Porcelain tile is a ceramic material that contains up to 50% feldspar crystal, which, when heated under extreme pressure, becomes a glasslike material with incredible hardness and durability
- Non-porcelain ceramic tile is the traditional variety made from any combination of minerals that include white, red and brown clay
Ceramic tile of either type can also come in glazed or unglazed varieties. Glaze is a glass-like surface coating that can be any color or pattern. This opens up a world of design possibilities, while adding extra stain, scratch and moisture resistance to the tile.
Natural stone tile can be made from any variety of stone, including granite, marble, limestone, travertine and slate.
- Granite tile has a speckled appearance. The dense makeup of these tiles makes them scratchproof, perfect for kitchens and other high-traffic rooms in your home.
- Marble is well known as an elegant, decorative stone. These tiles are soft and porous, not well-suited to practical use.
- Limestone is a less dense sedimentary material that is more susceptible to damage than some other types of stone. However, its porous nature holds color well.
- Slate is similar to granite in density. Dark and sleek, it’s great for classy kitchens and entryways.
Where should you install tile flooring?
Ceramic tiles are made from clay that is heated to very high temperatures in a kiln. This process of “firing” the clay hardens it, creating a material that is useful for all kinds of applications.
A versatile design option that works well in many different rooms of the home, tile is especially common in kitchens and bathrooms, both on floors and walls, as well as in outdoor spaces.
When installing tile floors, keep in mind the particular type of tile you’ll be working with, as these will require different specific considerations.
For instance, ceramic tiles, particularly porcelain tiles, can generally withstand more wear and tear than many types of stone, especially when glazed. If you prefer the look of natural stone, ensure that the type you choose is appropriate for the space you’re working in. Porous rock, such as limestone, for example, is not a great fit for areas where liquid spills are common, such as bathrooms. Outdoors, rain can have the same effect, and make some types of floor tile slippery to walk on.
Learn more about the versatility tile can bring to your design the next time you visit Carpet Land – our Sioux Falls, Lincoln and Omaha tile flooring experts are always happy to chat in-store or over the phone!
Is Tile The Right Flooring Choice For Me?
Deciding whether ceramic or porcelain tile is the right flooring choice for you depends on several factors and your specific requirements. Here are some key considerations to help you make an informed decision:
Tile is known for its durability and longevity, particularly ceramic and porcelain tiles. They are resistant to scratches, wear, and moisture, making them suitable for high-traffic areas like entryways, kitchens, and bathrooms. However, natural stone tiles like marble or travertine may require more care and maintenance.
Tiles offer a wide range of design options to suit different styles and aesthetics. From classic to modern, there are numerous colors, patterns, sizes, and textures available. You can create unique designs by combining different tile types or using mosaic patterns. This versatility allows you to achieve the desired look for your space.
Tile floors are relatively easy to maintain. Regular sweeping and occasional mopping with a mild cleaner is usually sufficient to keep them clean. However, grout lines may require additional care, as they can be susceptible to staining. Applying sealant to the grout can help protect it.
Many types of tiles, such as ceramic, porcelain, and certain types of natural stone, are highly water-resistant. This makes them suitable for areas exposed to moisture or potential spills, such as kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. Properly installed and maintained tile floors can withstand water without damage.
Allergies and Sensitivities
Tiles are non-porous and do not harbor allergens like dust mites or pet dander. This makes them a good choice for individuals with allergies or sensitivities. Additionally, tiles do not emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can be beneficial for indoor air quality.
Temperature and Comfort
Tile tends to be cooler underfoot, which can be desirable in hot climates or during the summer months. However, it can feel cold in colder climates or during winter. Using area rugs or considering radiant heating systems can help add warmth and improve comfort.
Proper installation of tile floors is crucial for their longevity and appearance. It most cases it is best to hire a team for professional installation.
The cost of tiles varies depending on the material, quality, and design. Ceramic and porcelain tiles are typically more budget-friendly options, while natural stone tiles can be more expensive. Consider your budget and weigh it against your desired tile type and design.
By evaluating these factors and considering your specific needs, preferences, and circumstances, you can determine if tile flooring aligns with your requirements. It may be helpful to consult with one of our tile flooring specialists for further guidance based on your unique situation.
Ceramic Floor Tile Installation
When thinking about types of flooring, it is important to understand the room and its usage before purchasing the flooring material for the room. Contact Carpet Land (Sioux Falls, Lincoln, & Omaha) tile experts for more information, or click below to learn more!
Why Choose Carpet Land for Tile Floors?
Carpet Land, with locations in Omaha, NE, Lincoln, NE, and Sioux Falls, SD, is a reputable choice for purchasing ceramic and porcelain tile. With a wide selection of tiles in various styles and designs, we can cater to different aesthetic preferences. Our experienced staff provides expert assistance, offering valuable guidance on tile options, durability, maintenance, and installation. We are committed to offering quality products, ensuring customer satisfaction in their tile purchases.