Ceramic tiles are the most common flooring materials used. This is due to the fact that they are cheap and offer a wide variety of decorations and colors. There are a few mistakes common user do when they think of ceramic tiles.
Ceramic vs Porcelain
Porcelain tiles are actually made from ceramic materials but they are more refined. The clay used in the process has a greater purity than the one used for ceramic tiles. It is also packed more tight, thus making the tiles denser and more durable.
Porcelain tiles don’t have so many color ranges and are a little more rugged. They don’t absorb as much moisture as ceramic tiles do. Porcelain tiles are great for outdoor use.
Ceramic tiles are best used for indoor spaces. They can be found in two major varieties, with glazed surface and unglazed. Glazed means that the surface is much like glass. This makes them perfect for large spaces.
- the indicator PEI from tiles shows their resistance to scratching. For floors under heavy use, the tiles should have a value of at least 2.
- the base for ceramic tiles needs to be well prepared. Linoleum, for example, should be well fixed with screws.
- if you install the tiles on concrete, make sure that it’s cleaned. It’s important to remove dust and debris as they make the adhesive to not stick properly to the floor.