The Value of Ceramic Tile
Durable and attractive, ceramic tile is ideal for the home
By Andrea Campbell
The popularity of ceramic tile can be summed up with three "V's" -- versatility, value and variety. Ceramic and stone tiles are the leading choices for flooring materials. Ceramic tile is also easy to maintain and offers a lifetime of use. Today the variety of ceramic tile designs is exploding in terms of creativity as more manufacturers are experimenting with colorations, firing techniques, and inventive shapes and configurations.
- What You Need to Know
- Create a portfolio of ceramic tile images you find, along with information on cost and care instructions.
- Visit home improvement stores or online outfits that can provide samples, so you can note the durability and colorations for yourself.
Examine a variety of designs. Whether you visit showrooms or peruse offerings online, take in the different textures and surface finishes available. Ceramic tile adapts to modern decor as well as more traditional styles, just by varying size, type and layout.
Order some samples, so you can see how ceramic tile resists stains and discoloring. Read the instructions on care for a comparison between ceramic and other materials. Typically, ceramic tiles are cleaned with light mopping using basic household cleaner made for tile and floors.
Note that ceramic tiles today have designs that mimic other more expensive materials. For example, there are tiles that look quilted or appear to be metallic. Some ceramic tiles are printed to look like fabric, leather or even bamboo.
Compare prices between ceramic, porcelain and natural stone tiles, and you will see that ceramic is a value-priced product and a great alternative to other, more expensive elements. You will find a ceramic tile for every budget.
Think about using versatile ceramic tile in places other than the bathroom and kitchen. Tiles can be used to surround a fireplace, on a countertop, a backsplash, in sunrooms, foyers and basements. Some tiles can be used in patios and garages.
Well-installed tiles are considered a value-engineered component in a home and can help resale. Repairing a broken tile is generally easier than repairing a wood flooring product.
About the Author
Andrea Campbell is a regular contributor to DexKnows. She has been writing professionally since 1991.
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