Ceramic tile is one of the most popular building materials on the market today for many reasons. Whether you are installing a new floor, fireplace hearth, or shower surround, ceramic tile will add the style and design you are seeking.
Designing your living space with ceramic tile is simplified due to the wide array of tile size and colors available. From soft muted tones to vibrant and vivid colors, homeowners are able to create a space that fits their style. Whether designing a tile floor to match contemporary décor, or creating a countertop and backsplash in a Southwestern style kitchen, there is a ceramic tile manufactured to suit every taste.
Due to their durability, ceramic tiles are also excellent for outdoor use. When properly installed and grouted, it will not deform or break in extreme temperature conditions. Tile will beautify an outdoor grilling station, patio, or portico. It can also add charm when lining a pathway through your garden or backyard.
Maintenance is minimal with ceramic tiles once the grout and sealant are applied. The tile is impervious to water and can even be hosed off without damage. A new coat of sealant should be reapplied annually to ensure continued protection of the tile, and there are literally hundreds of products readily available in any supermarket to assist with cleaning the tiles.
Repairing ceramic tile is much easier than repairing other building materials. Installed ceramic tile is strong, but it is possible to break. When a tile breaks, remove the broken pieces and clear the area to create a flat and smooth surface. Then simply reinstall the replacement tile, re-grout the tile and apply the sealant. Be sure to purchase a few extra tiles to keep for emergency repairs.
When it comes to designing a space with ceramic tiles, you are only limited by your imagination. Be sure to go online to look at pictures of other people’s projects to get ideas for your own. A well-designed tile project can make your home more comfortable for yourself and add tremendous value to the market price.