Ceramic tiles are slabs of clay, molded in shapes and dried in a kiln.They are usually glaze coated.It is is a great choice for kitchens and bathrooms because of it’s easy maintenance and protection against allergens and germs.
Ceramic tile is versatile and can be used on walls, for residential as well as commercial applications.
If you are considering ceramic flooring for your home, learn about its advantages and disadvantages.
THE PROS OF CERAMIC TILES:
- Water Resistance- This tile is naturally water resistant and so ideal for kitchen and bathroom use.The glazed tile has a protective layer that protects the tile material and make it water and stain resistant. The unglazed version needs to be lined and sealed with a protector to prevent water from being absorbed through the grout.
- Durable- Built under high pressure , ceramic tile is crack resistant and can last up to 10-20 years after installation, depending upon the maintenance. In case of a crack , it can be easily replaced.
- Easy maintenance- An easy sweep and mop can keep the tile clean.For tougher stains any kind of a cleaner can be used on a ceramic tile, without the fear of damaging the material of the tile.
- Variety- Ceramic tiles come in a huge variety of color, shape, sizes and texture. They can be mixed and matched to make a pattern according to preference.
- Weather proof- It can withstand heat and frost. Ceramic tile do not fade in sunlight; being impervious in nature can tolerate high rainfall too.
- Allergen and dust resistance- The hard surface of ceramic tile keeps it protected from dust, dirt and other allergens. The dust and dirt lie loose on the surface without being absorbed and can be easily mopped off.
- Cost effective- Generally ceramic tile is a low cost tile, ranging to a high level according to the glaze and texture. Though the installation cost is higher than that of glass or vinyl tile, the durability of ceramic flooring makes it cost effective in the long run.
THE CONS OF CERAMIC TILES:
- Hard surface: The hard top of ceramic tile makes it uncomfortable to stand on for long hours .
- Coldness- Ceramic tile are not insulating in nature, and can feel very cold in winter.
- Installation cost- Ceramic tile needs proper installation and can be very time consuming. It usually needs to be installed by professionals and so is a bit costly. Being heavy it is not so good of a choice for upper floor installation.