Guide to ceramic tiles

Ceramic tiles

Ceramic tiles are a popular choice for home tiles. They come in all shapes and sizes, colors and glazes and can be used for walls and flooring. They’re a great all round tile.

If you’re thinking of buying ceramic tiles for your home here’s a guide to help you decide.

What is a ceramic tile?
Ceramic tiles are made from sand, clay and other natural minerals mixed with water. The shaped tiles are then fired in a kiln, which hardens them ready for use. The tiles can then be glazed and fired a second time.

Where can you use ceramic tiles?
Ceramic tiles are incredibly durable and strong so make perfect tiles for flooring. Glazed ceramic tiles are stain resistant so easy to mop and keep clean. Higher grade glazed ceramic tiles are extremely scratch resistant.

Ceramic tiles work well in the kitchen. They are moisture resistant and able to withstand hot and cold temperatures so are good for kitchen backsplash areas and on countertops.

They’re also a good choice for the bathroom due to their water resistance.

What are the benefits of ceramic tiles?
Ceramic is less dense than porcelain so is a far easier material to cut. This is helpful if you’re tiling yourself.

Ceramic tiles normally work out slightly cheaper than porcelain tiles.

What finish can you get on ceramic tiles?
Ceramic tiles are glazed or unglazed. Glazed tiles have a shiny finish and are more resistant to stains. The colour range of unglazed ceramic tiles is limited to the natural shades of the clay.

What are the drawbacks of using ceramic tiles?
Unlike porcelain tiles, ceramic tiles are only recommended for interior walls and floors. Porcelain tiles are denser and less porous than a ceramic tile so more suited to exterior use and in heavier use (e.g. commercial buildings).

We have a wide selection of ceramic tiles on display in our showroom so why not pop in and see what options are available?

 

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