Ceramic tiles don’t need an introduction as the most used material in bathrooms, kitchens, and even offices. But at the same time, there is only so much you can know about anything in this era. Let’s explore ceramic tiles in a bit more detail.
The little-known fact about Ceramic tiles is that they can live over 2000 years. Well, you can’t believe it? They found some intact in the ruins of Egypt, they are over 2000 years old. How can ceramic be that durable? It’s simple, hardened organic materials passed through a heat firing to ensure durability and stability are the simplest of keys. The right answer to the question, “Why to use ceramic tiles?”, is as simple as, “for its durability and beauty”.
Waterproofing is easier with ceramic tiles because of their very nature of production. Glazed tiles are heavily water resistant and provide a good base on waterproof flooring. The rest of the job is handled during installation where the tiles are placed with waterproof materials for a complete waterproof solution. One the other hand, unglazed tiles are sealed to ensure that their surface and the lines between the tiles are protected from any damage by spilled over liquids.
Easy to Manage
Ceramic tiles are particularly easy to manage. You can self-install most ceramic tiles with little to no help. On the other hand, they are very easy to clean which is also why they are now becoming a good choice for office use. Kitchen counters, Bathrooms, Tops, and Offices are the most common use due to easy management and cleaning options. The surface doesn’t let dirt, liquids or other materials to sink in therefore is easy to wipe clean, unlike some tiles that require thorough cleaning procedures.
Better for Hygiene
The surface of the tile doesn’t just let you clean it off easily it also doesn’t allow any serious allergies, germs, dirt or other allergy causing particles. You can easily use anti-germ liquids and cleaning solution on ceramic tiles to ensure an extra node of hygiene for your loved ones and family. They material itself is neutral and doesn’t present any allergies of its own which mean you can feel safe and secure when buying that new set of ceramic tiles for your kitchen.
The wide range of tiles with all the durability, beauty, healthiness and ease of management are actually available at a price lower than any other tiling solution out there. In most cases, the price range lies between 2USD to 20USD. While most solutions are available for a higher price and the price gets even higher when you add up the cleaning and maintenance cost.
Ceramics have been on the rise because the tiling solution is available in such vibrant colors with a long-term sustainability ratio that withstands long term wear and tear even when used outdoors. Modern and elegant sets have been produced every day, you can even get made to order tiles at a very good price.
Well, how hard could it be to choose ceramic tiles? Right? Actually, there is a lot more to ceramic tiles and HVAC materials than the color and pattern that matches your interior. Laurel Marbles believe that our customer base deserves nothing but the best. Here are a few tips on how to choose your next set of ceramic tiles.
Nothing ingenious about budgeting yet it is the first and far most important thing on our tips list. You should carefully allocate a budget for your set of ceramic tiles because you may find something absolutely stunning that may not fit your budget. When you visit the vendor, be clear about your budget so that they can show you the best options available within your budget. There is a whole range of tiles out there ranging from 2USD – 200USD. You don’t want to end up selecting a tile worth 200USD square foot and embarrass yourself because your budget was only 100USD.
Tile selection is heavily reliant on where do you want to place your tiles. If you are using a clear tile in the bathroom floor it may bring you certain disadvantages such as the finesse issues. The solution here would be a glass tile to get you the desired effect. At the same time if you are using a clear top in the kitchen you would have to put in that extra time for cleanliness. Go easy on your imagination and don’t forget that the “awesome” tile set may not be fit for you because of your time or lifestyle constraints.
A glazed tile is easy to use to clean but it may not fit your interior. You need to check all variable before selecting a tile set. Usage of your tile matters a lot when it comes to tile selection. You don’t want to be in a position where you cannot do anything but bear with the tiles you have bought and curse yourself every day because it’s wearing off and you just can’t put that extra money in changing the complete set. Ceramics, especially glazed and glass are for heavy usage areas, which is why they are apt for bathrooms and kitchen but a mosaic tile would be a disaster.
Yup, if you did not already know it let us assure you that like every other product Rating system also tells you the quality of the tile. It is always on the box and often in a technical language that you may not be able to understand if you haven’t researched on it. The easy way out is to ask the vendor but to be safe and sure you should know the basics of the rating system in tiles.
Depending on your tile you would be able to look and check for 4 or 5 point rating criteria; where, unglazed tiles Grade, PEI Rating, Water Absorption, Friction and lastly, Frost Safety and Tone. Now that you are aware of the ratings let us take you through basics of these terms.
Picking the Right Rating
Grades are divided into three subcategories where Grade 1 and Grade 2 tiles are suitable for flooring while Grade 3 tiles are only for wall or decorative purpose due to their inability to withstand foot pressure and displacements.
PEI Rating also tells you about the durability and usage area where PI and PII tiles cannot be used for flooring. PIII can be used for light usage areas and PIV and PV area heavily durable. PV can be used in rough usage areas as well whereas PIV can be used in a more sophisticated setting.
Water Absorption rating is also divided into four subcategories where the four categories represent the percentage of water absorbed by the tile. This rating helps you decide which tile is best for use in wet areas. Impervious absorbs 0.5% of its weight, Vitreous absorbs 0.5 – 3%, Semivitreous absorbs 3 – 7% and Nonvitreous absorbs above 7% of its weight.
The C.O.F or Coefficient of Friction simply tells you how easily would you slip on a certain tile. Ideally, 0.5 COF means it is good for home use and 0.6 means it can be used in a commercial space with ease.
Frost Safety is only considered when using the tile outdoors where higher the rating better the ability to withstand lower temperatures. Tonal variance is also only applicable when you are going for a natural look or a tile with variant tone. Here you need to match the tonal code to make sure you have your tiles placed right.
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Laurel Marble is a beautiful and easy to cut material and it can be use in many projects, in this case I am installing it on this house first floor, the owners were tired of carpets, uneven floors, transitions and the fact that they were not able to keep up with so many surfaces. In this video I will show you some of the techniques that I use.
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