Not limited to just kitchens or bathrooms, ceramic tile is a common choice for indoor/outdoor spaces since they withstand heat.
You've always admired the colorful, intricate tile work of Mediterranean-style houses in your favorite design magazines. But did you ever imagine you could have that beautiful tile in your own home? Ceramic tiles have been around for centuries, withstanding decade after decade of wear, weather, and everything else that’s crossed its path. If ceramic tile flooring can hold up to all that, you can bet it can handle your active family.
And don't think you're limited to the kitchen or bathroom when it comes to tile. Ceramic tiles are actually a common go-to for indoor/outdoor spaces since they can withstand the heat!
Adding ceramic tiles to your home doesn't mean you're tied to boring neutrals. Ceramic tile options have come a long way since the pastel squares of the '60s and '70s. Now you can find printed and embossed ceramic tile, wood look ceramic tile that mimics natural hardwood, and even ceramic tile of various shapes to create beautifully patterned mosaics. Now, you can easily complement whatever design style your heart desires.
Looking to simplify your family's daily routine with a flooring option that's easier to maintain? That's one benefit of ceramic tile flooring. Other advantages include:
But what if you’re looking to install ceramic in your bathroom? Are there any downsides of bathroom floor tiles made of ceramic? There may be a couple to consider, like:
Now that you've got an idea about the pros and cons of ceramic tile, how does it compare to porcelain? They're similar in a lot of ways, like where and how they're installed. The main distinction is what they're composed of.
You've got an open-door policy with friends and family, which means it can feel like Grand Central Station some days. Your new flooring selection needs to weather the traffic without a problem, and ceramic tile can do just that. Ceramic floors are strong enough to resist stains, scratches, and most damage. And if a tile does chip, you can replace one or two without having to re-tile the entire area.
Ceramic floor tiles are fairly low effort to maintain once they’re underfoot. Regularly sweep or vacuum with a soft brush attachment. If you make a mess in the kitchen after cooking, simply wipe the tiles with a mop or sponge. You always want to follow the cleaning guidance provided by the manufacturer for your specific ceramic floor tiles.
As you decide on your next flooring investment, longevity matters to you. You don't want replacing ceramic tile to be a task on your to-do list a few years after installation. The good news is that ceramic tile is a long-lasting option that can withstand several decades of wear if cared for correctly.
One of the keys to a long life for ceramic tile flooring is proper installation. Though the process may seem straightforward, don't be fooled into thinking you can crank it out as a quick weekend project. There are a number of ways you can accidentally mess it up, and you don't want to inadvertently void your warranty.
Instead, rely on your local Flooring America experts who will ensure your ceramic tile is installed the right way —and quickly, so you can begin living on your new floors in no time.