Ceramic tile can be the only flooring product that actually works in any living space. It is most commonly used in kitchens, bathrooms, foyers, mudrooms, and other high-traffic regions. But many households also use tile to great effect in living areas and bedrooms, particularly in warm climates.
In other words, you really can’t go wrong with tile. What you can do is wish you had something softer or warmer in certain areas, and you might want to spring for professional installation.
Pros and Cons
- Water-Resistance – Ceramic floor tiles have a tough protection top layer that leaves the tiles unaffected by water and most stains, making them resistant to the ravages of heavy humidity. This is the main reason why tile is preferred for wet areas like bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms.
- Durability – Ceramic flooring is very hard and it’s hard to break the tiles. If the floor is well maintained, a quality setup can last for hundreds of years. If a single tile cracks due to a serious impact, it is relatively easy to replace a tile.
- Easy Maintenance – Ceramic floors are relatively easy to look after. If Dirt, stains, and liquids are all on the floor you can quickly wash them away or mop them away. Regular maintenance consists of sweeping or vacuuming with a soft brush attachment to keep the floor free of dirt and loose debris.
- Design Options – Modern manufacturing methods allow ceramic companies to produce products that can be printed in many ways. It is possible to mix solid tiles in patterns or to accentuate them with special styles or motifs. They can also be printed to replicate the appearance of many natural rocks and hardwoods
- Cost – Ceramic tile can be one of the more affordable flooring materials. However, as you move into the better-looking tile and professional installation, tile flooring can easily cost as much as hardwood or high-quality carpet. It all depends on the tile and the difficulty of the installation.
- Allergen Issues – Ceramic tiles have a strong, solid texture that does not attract or retain dirt, dust, pollen, or any other allergens. They stand out against the floor when these small objects fall on a ceramic floor, making it simple to wash them away with a mop or cloth. This helps maintain the atmosphere free from annoying products that can be detrimental to people with asthma and allergies.
- Coldness – While some tile holds heat relatively well, in cold weather all tile gets cold, which can be the first thing in the morning shock to your toes or an unwelcome reality in the bathroom on bare feet. The only option to counteract cold tile is by heating in the floor, either electrical mats under the tile or radiant heating in or under the floor.
- Weight – Some ceramic floor tile can be quite heavy, and all tile needs a stiff, strong floor to prevent cracking. This means that tile may not always be appropriate for upper-story installations or floors with inadequate floor structures.
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