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Ceramic

Ceramic’s unique character, texture and nature-made material add energy, excitement and enchantment to any room. Its multitude of styles, shapes, patterns, colors and finishes offers you a look from elegant, quiet and sedate to vibrant, emotional and provocative. Your choices are almost endless.

Qualities

Durable - a properly installed ceramic tile will outperform and outlast nearly any other floor covering product created for the same application.

Easy care - ceramic tiles are essentially a low-maintenance material. However, even glazed tiles are somewhat porous, and require care and attention, especially in heavy traffic areas.

Ceramic Wall Floor TileScratch resistant – certain grades of ceramic tiles are extremely resistant to scratching and you never have to worry about a cut or tear like you do with some other types of floors.

Environmentally friendly - ceramic tile is manufactured using natural materials and does not retain odours, allergens, or bacteria.

Beautiful and versatile - modern ceramic manufacturing technology has created virtually an unlimited number of colors, sizes, styles, shapes and textures that will allow you to reflect your personal style or you can opt for an understated look with more universal appeal, which will help add value to your home.

Fire resistant - ceramic tile doesn't burn nor emit toxic fumes. Even hot kitchen pans or skillets will not scorch or melt the surface of glazed ceramic tile. That can be a comfort when you’re actively preparing food.

Water resistant - most glazed ceramic tile has a dense body that permits little or no accumulation of moisture. This means spills from common liquids found in a kitchen are not a big concern.

A product of earth and fire

The main ingredients of ceramic tile and its general manufacturing process have not changed that much throughout the centuries. All ceramic tiles are created from natural products extracted from the earth that are shaped into tiles and then fired in kilns at extremely high temperatures.

There are 3 types of ceramic tile: glazed, unglazed and porcelain.

Glazed ceramic tiles are coated with glass-forming minerals and ceramic stains which give the tiles their colour and finish. Typically, they have a matte, semi-gloss or high-gloss finish. They can offer better stain and moisture resistance than unglazed tile. Glazed tiles can also have different finishes: high gloss can be more slippery and scratches can become more visible, while matte or textured finishes help with traction and scratches, and dirt is less visible.

Unglazed ceramic tiles are very hard and dense. They come in various surface treatments and textures. Typically, these are installed outside your home as they do not offer much protection against stains compared to glazed ceramic tile. Unglazed tiles do have good slip resistance, however please note that they do require sealing to help prevent staining.

Porcelain tile is made up of 50% feldspar and is fired at a much higher temperature than regular ceramic tile. This makes porcelain tile much harder and denser than other tile products. Because of its highly durable make-up, porcelain is more resistant to scratches and can withstand temperature extremes. Their high performance and low water absorption ratings make these tiles a worthy choice for your home. Additionally, some porcelain tile can be used for interior and exterior applications as well as heavy or commercial areas.

Ceramic tile styles

Ceramic Wall TilePeople often think that they should use small tiles in a small room which is not necessarily true. Incorporating a larger size tile in a smaller room will visually increase the size of the space. Fewer grout lines will help create a cleaner surface appearance. The choice is yours. Conversely, using a tile size that’s too small creates more grout joints that may make the floor look too busy, again depending on the size of the space.

The look of natural stone is very popular but some consumers prefer ceramic over stone due to price and maintenance considerations. Ceramic and porcelain manufacturers have created tiles that offer textures, colors and patterns resembling natural stone products. Slate, travertine and marble are just a few of the sought after looks in ceramic and porcelain tile.

Ceramic tile is a versatile product, with many styles designed for today’s popular outdoor living areas. Outdoor tile typically features non-skid finishes designed for safety when wet, sometimes installed on patios, walkways, or around pools. Another important characteristic of ceramic tile designed for outdoor applications is its resistance to frost.

There’s a universe of options.

Manufacturers also offer decorative inserts, medallions and mosaics that are used to create intricate patterns and beautiful borders.

Tile size 2”x2” and smaller are usually referred to as mosaics and are often used with different colors to create a pattern or decorative inset. Some of these smaller tiles also come in different shapes, such as hexagon, so let your imagination run free. Patterned borders made up of different size tiles and colors can create beautiful looks.

Porcelain Ceramic TileCombining styles and patterns of ceramic tile flooring with countertop and wall products can also create beautiful designs, and give your room an aesthetic balance.

Grout is used to fill the space and provide support in tile joints. Sanded grout is recommended for tile joints 1/8” and larger. Unsanded grout is typically used in joints that are smaller than 1/8”. Grout can be pigmented to give a nearly infinite range of colors, shades and hues. Pigment is added to the cement when the grout is mixed. Using a white or a light coloured grout highlights the color in tile. Choosing a dark grout with a light tile, or light grout with a dark tile will emphasize the geometric pattern of your layout.

Unmatched in style options, aesthetic appeal and durability, ceramic tile is a beautiful addition to any home. Perhaps yours!




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