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Ceramic tile making is basically the same as it has been throughout history, although it has been updated and mechanized to allow for faster production. A well-designed, well-installed tile job can increase the value of your home, and will last the life of your home.
Good for the Environment: Ceramic and porcelain tiles are made of raw materials that come from the earth. Choosing to put tile in your home is a choice you can make that can have a global ecological impact. Tile contains no polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is found in sheet vinyl and many carpets. Also, many manufacturers offer ceramic and porcelain tile with recycled content.
Longer Life Cycle: Because tile lasts a long time it greatly increases their value. Even though the cost of tile installation can be somewhat higher than that of comparable products, reduced maintenance and repair costs make tile a great choice. Tile installations retain their stylistic appeal and physical condition much longer than other products and because of this tile has a much lower cost per square foot over time than any other product.
Easy Maintenance: The nature of a ceramic surface prevents things from sticking, and grease can be cleaned up easily. Their ability to act as electrical insulators helps to make ceramic surfaces repel electrically active atmospheric dust.
Healthy: Ceramic tile prevents humidity and the creation of germs and fungi. Ceramic tile is a great choice for any area exposed to water.
Durable: Ceramic surfaces do not require any special maintenance. They resist abrupt temperature changes, chemical and biological agents, and friction. Their incombustibility also helps to prevent the spread of fires. Tile will not burn, scratch, etch, melt or show wear patterns.
Today there are literally thousands of pattern and color combinations available to choose from. Ceramic tile can be machine made or handmade. It can be made out of red clay, white clay or porcelain. Ceramic tile also offers a vast array of decorative tiles, from simple liners to the most ornate handmade pieces. Here are some distinctions that directly influence cost, quality and installation.
Porcelain tiles are harder and denser than regular ceramic tiles. The clay used in making porcelain tiles is more refined and fired at a much higher temperature, allowing porcelain tiles to be made in very large formats that would be impossible to achieve in traditional ceramic tiles. Porcelain is also less prone to absorbing moisture, and is superior in performance with respect to stain resistance. Porcelain is up to six times more frost resistant, making it less likely to crack in cold weather, and therefore preferable in exterior applications. Porcelain also has superior chip resistance making it stronger and more durable in most cases than granite. Because of these advantages, porcelain tiles tend to be a little more expensive than regular ceramic tiles.
Porcelain has superior chip resistance making it stronger and more durable even than granite. Porcelain and ceramic makers are using photographs to create tiles that look like natural stones, even woods with an amazing array of color options and textures. Also, many floor tiles are available with kitchen counter trim, making them an extremely durable counter surface. Sizes vary considerably from 6” square to 24” square to unique sizes like 6” X 46”, 12”X 24” and many more depending on the style of the tile. It is not necessary to seal this tile unlike natural stone that must be sealed.