What is Ceramic Tile?

Ceramic tiling is a method of beautifying a home that dates back to antiquity. Ancient Egyptians were using ceramics in interior design almost 4,000 years ago-indeed, the word ceramic is from the Greek word keramos, which means pottery. Around the 11th century, the art of ceramic tiling spread into Europe from the Middle East, appearing in mosaic panels and floorings. Modern technology has helped add to the range of shapes, shades and finishes that are now available. There are many benefits of ceramic tile, including:

  • Versatility: The manufacturing of ceramic tiles today ensures that virtually any color, size, shape, style or texture is available to add rich character and beauty to your home.
  • Cleanliness: Ceramic tile does not retain bacteria, allergens or odors. It is manufactured using clay and other natural materials, making it resistant to these kinds of problems without any artificial or chemical defense.
  • Fire Resistant: Ceramic tile will not burn and it doesn’t emit toxic fumes. Even your hot skillet won’t melt or scorch the surface of glazed ceramic tile.
  • Water Resistant: Most glazed ceramic tile is very dense and does not permit the accumulation of moisture.

Ceramic tile can be used for wall or flooring applications. The classes of tile determine where the tile should be used. Class 1 tile should not be used for flooring because of the slipperiness of the tile when wet. Class 5 tile can be installed anywhere, such as airports or grocery stores. There is no chance of slippage.

The color of the clay from the manufacturer’s geographic region determines the natural color of the tile’s interior. The color you see after installation is dependent on the gloss that is used. Many ceramic tiles today look and feel like natural stone, even having a rugged surface and variations in color.

Care of ceramic tile is very simple. Simply sweeping will remove most dirt or debris. A vacuum can be used, too, but only if there is no beater bar. A damp mopping with a cleaner recommended by the manufacturer is best. Should the tile require heavy cleaning, a soft brush with mild detergent can take care of most issues. Spills should be cleaned up quickly to avoid any stains. Bleach, ammonia-based cleaners and abrasive cleaners should not be used on ceramic tiles.

Ceramic tile has an average of minimum price per 500 square foot section of $425 and a maximum price point of $1,200 per 500 square foot section.


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