What Is It?
Ceramic tile is a flooring option that’s been around for thousands of years. It’s made out of clay, which is fired and colored using glaze, and often brings to mind pottery or artwork. Popular in many different fields, ceramic is commonly used to make cookware, bricks, pipes, and a variety of technical tools. Within the interior design world, ceramic tiles are often used to finish bathrooms or kitchens.
Below we’ve outlined some of the most notable qualities and a few precautions you should keep in mind if you’re considering adding ceramic tile to your Ottawa home. We encourage you to read on to learn more about this durable material.
Ceramic Tile Advantages
Variety—Ceramic tile is man-made and therefore available in a wide range of colors, shapes, and textures. Often used to finish bathroom walls, floors, showers, or backsplashes, ceramic tile gives homeowners the opportunity to customize their space. Frequently, ceramic tiles are used to create a particular image or design, although this is completely up to you.
Doesn’t Fade with Time—Unlike hardwood or other flooring options, ceramic tile won’t fade over time if exposed to a great deal of sunlight. This makes it great for rooms where homeowners desire a large amount of natural light, such as in a kitchen.
Ceramic Tile Precautions
Prone to Chips and Cracks—Ceramic tiles are light, and compared to harder tile varieties, like stone, they are more likely to chip. Luckily, tiles offer the advantage of spot repairs. Homeowners don’t need to worry about the cost of repairing an entire floor, countertop, or wall, and can replace only one or two damaged tiles.
Susceptible to Mildew and Mold Buildup—Like other tiles, ceramic tile is prone to mold and mildew buildup along grout lines over the course of several years. One way to combat mold and mildew is to clean up liquids quickly when they come in contact with ceramic tile. Another preventative measure is to choose larger tiles, which limit the amount of exposed grout.
Here at Floor Coverings International Ottawa East we look forward to helping you find the right tile for your home. Whether you’re finishing a backsplash, replacing a floor, or completely remodeling a room we have a wide range of tiles to offer. Our design experts proudly serve the greater Ottawa, Orleans areas. Call us today!
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