Ceramic tiles are man-made tiles that create a durable surface which is easy to clean, resists stains and scratches and doesn’t fade. Since ceramic tiles are affordable, low-maintenance, available in various sizes, colours, shapes and can easily match with the decor of any room, they are a popular flooring choice in homes.
WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF CERAMIC TILES?
Composition: Ceramic tiles are made from a mixture of clay, quartz, feldspar which is then fired at high temperatures (approximately 2200 degrees). The tiles are either unglazed or glazed- the glazed tiles have a hard, non-porous, vitreous (liquid glass) coating applied at very high temperatures.
Physical properties: Unglazed Ceramic tiles are soft in nature (scratches easily), have high absorbency (stains easily) and are affected by acids. Glazed ceramic tiles offer a durable surface that is easy to clean, resists stains and scratches, doesn’t fade and is slip-resistant.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF CERAMIC TILES?
WHAT ARE THE DISADVANTAGES OF CERAMIC TILES?
Installation: Tiles need to be installed with a lot of care by an expert layer. Any unevenness can cause the tiles to break.
Brittle: If something heavy drops onto ceramic flooring, it can break or chip. Also, the edges and corners are prone to breakage.
Repair : Replacing a broken or chipped Ceramic tile is difficult. The tile with the defect must be cut away along the grout lines, but in the process, the surrounding material could be damaged.
Fade with time: If the Ceramic tiles have designs imprinted on them, then the design wears away with regular wear and tear.
Slippery: When wet and can cause possible hip/head damage.
Grout Maintenance: It is advisable to keep the grout lines narrow while laying, to minimize the work involved in cleaning and sealing and to reduce the visibility of dirt.
Cold: underfoot and can be uncomfortable in areas where the temperatures dip.
WHERE ARE CERAMIC TILES BEST SUITED?
- Flooring | Natural Material Options
- Flooring | Man-made Material Options
- Flooring | Resilient Material Options