Ceramic tile is the perfect surface material for just about any room in your house, especially the kitchen and bathroom.
With a lot of competition from hardwood boards and easy lay flooring, especially with regards to material cost and installation – floor tiles are surviving time and trends because when they are properly laid over a solid sub frame – they not only look fabulous but could very well last as long as the house.
This puts ceramic floor tile installations at the top of the investment list as a home improvement project, especially as they are undeniably linked to the two most popular home improvement projects of today – kitchen makeovers and bathroom remodeling.
Durability & Water Resistance
Ceramic floor tiles are largely made of clay that has been heated to extremely high temperatures – this makes them extremely hard and durable. This also means that they are extremely tough and when laid with the correct thin set mortar, grout and seal, you will have a virtually water resistant surface that will survive your bathroom splashes and kitchen spills.
As well as being durable and water resistant, tile is a natural surface material that comes in all the colors and shades imaginable, guaranteeing that you will be able to find a tile style to match the decor of your home.
Pale tones with a textured non slip surface really compliment, lighten and brighten kitchen and bathroom floors. Tiles that are laid diagonally across a long narrow room will give the illusion of the room being wider. Color tones are all the way through the tile and not just on the surface.
Tile gives you the ability to customize and create a look that is uniquely yours. You can create your own unique mosiac style design with tiles. You can give the floor tiles a border tile of a contrasting color. Grouting can be the same shade as the tiles themselves or you can use a contrasting darker of lighter grout that will frame each and every square and become part of the ceramic floor tile design. The most common size of floor tile is the normal 12″ x 12″ but you can also opt for tiles that are twice as big and look great in big rooms or you can go really small with tiny 2″ x 2″ mosiac tiles that are fitted in strips and which are well suited for smaller rooms. You can totally change the look of your home and rooms like your bathroom will also benefit from base trim tiles that help seal the floor where it meets the wall – like a skirting board around the perimiter of the room.
Choice of Finish
If you only think of ceramic surfaces as being slippery – chances are you saw a bad material choice – tiles are now ranked by their “Coefficient of Friction” – COF – which is the scale of how smooth or how rough a tile is. The scale goes from zero to 1.0. The minimum COF for a bathroom is agreed to be 0.6 – but remember that this is the minimum – between 0.6 and 1.0 you have 4 more points to choose from – keeping in mind that 0.6 tiles are more slippery when they are wet. Cementitious backer board is still a new product that makes the correct intallation of ceramic tile flooring much easier and quicker.
The End Result
So you can have any color or tone that you choose – and you can create any unique floor tile pattern you want to, you can choose from different tile finishes, you can lay a non-slip ceramic tile surface that will give you enough traction to walk safely on when you get out of the bath – and what you get is a tough, durable attractive floor investment that is easy to maintain and clean and that will always look good, there is no wood to polish, no stains to try to remove and no bugs can burrow into the tile like carpets – tiles are a great solution for anyone with allergies and more people have registered allergies today than ever before.