Glazed ceramic tile can remain functional in your home for half a century. Compare that to the six-year lifespan of your average carpet. No matter if you are working with an entry, living room, kitchen, bedroom or bath, tile provides you with a two-in-one effect: combining the long-lasting nature of ceramic with the aesthetically pleasing styles as a result of numerous tile designs, colours and patterns to choose from.Porcelain Tile Cape Town
Glazed or Nonglazed
When designing a ceramic tile floor, the utility of the area dictates, to some degree, the type of tile you choose from. Ceramic comes in two formats: glazed and nonglazed. The former is a nonporous, hard coating of ceramic glazing. Nonglazed tile is porous by nature has given that it lacks a protective coating. While glazed tiles can be used in any setting, nonglazed ceramics are best used in areas where water and foot traffic from outdoor areas are minimal to avoid staining.
Size and Thickness
Also, consider the size and thickness of the ceramic you are working with. As a general rule, the larger the body of the tile, the thicker the ceramic will be. While this does not necessarily reflect its durability, since the concrete mortar used to install the tile reinforces the material itself, it does affect the height of the overall installation, which is an issue with doorways or transitional areas, such as one room to another. Transition strips and speciality doors help work around this issue if you absolutely must use thicker material. Size is also a factor when it comes to design because smaller rooms will feel cramped if smaller tiles are used. Large tiles are best to give smaller rooms a more expansive feel.
The most common pattern used in ceramic tile installations is the traditional straight-lay pattern in which the tiles are aligned with the walls of the room, running parallel, or “square.” You can choose from dozens of other patterns, however. Consider a diagonal pattern if you are working with an entryway or if you just want to make a specific floor in a room different than other areas of the home. Inset patterns and medallions are another way to set apart specific areas of the floor. Herringbone and brick-lay patterns provide decor alternatives, as do three-tile and four-tile styles, in which multiple sizes are used in a repeating pattern. Size of the room influences pattern, since a “too busy” pattern in a smaller area, make the floor look crowded.
Ceramic is a rigid, nonflexible material, making it only suited for flat floors. Note that “flat” does not necessarily reflect level. A floor can be sloped to drain water in a certain direction and still be flat along the plane of the slope. The main concern with ceramic tile comes when you are dealing with sloping floors that move toward a drain somewhere on the floor. Because the floor slopes in more than one direction, large-bodied tiles cannot be used to cover the slope, as there will be a dip under the tiles where the floor slopes toward the drain — around a “funnel” area. Instead, small-bodied ceramics must be used around drains to allow the tile to “bend” as it follows the funnel around the slope of the drain.