What makes ceramic tile a good choice for my floors?

IN addition to limitless design from solid to intricate patterns for either floor or walls, ceramic tile is very practical because it is stain resistant and won’t fade of burn. Because glazed and porcelain tiles resist absorbing moisture, they’re exceptionally easy to keep clean.

What’s popular these days?
Probably the coolest trend in tiles today, is that they replicate wood flooring. Check it out at your flooring retailer. You will be amazed at how they look. The other tile trend are the sizes, they come in plank sizes and squares different, lengths and widths. The choices are endless.

What about texture and gloss?
Tiles can be smooth or textures glazed or unglazed. Glaze is a glass derivative and comes in finishes from matte to high gloss. Less glossy surface are less likely to reveal scratching and generally are more slip resistant.

How do I know what is best for my house?
The American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) has a scale that relates to wear and use characteristics of tile surfaces. Ratings rang form 0 for wall use only, to 5 for heavy-duty, high traffic floors. For most residential applications, 3 or 4 will be adequate.

What’s the best tile for high traffic and wear areas?
Unglazed tiles are usually more slip resistant than glazed. Generally, the lower the sheen, the better the grip. Manufacturers add abrasives to some glazed to increase slip resistance.

What makes porcelain different from ceramic tile?
Different materials and higher firing temperatures make porcelain harder and denser than ceramic tile. Through –body porcelains are generally more durable, suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. In glazed porcelains, durability is determined by the glaze, with the ASTM 0-5 scale described above being the guide for usage.

How important is grout?
Its first job it to fill in between tiles to create a solid surface. From a design standpoint, larger tiles mean fewer grout lines and a more tailored, less busy look. Thick or thin lines, that’s up to you. So, too, is whether you want the grout to contract, coordinate or nearly match the tile color. To prevent staining, seal grout after 30 days or consider rugged epoxy-based grout.