The Value of Ceramic Tile

The Value of Ceramic Tile

Durable and attractive, ceramic tile is ideal for the home

By Andrea Campbell

Ceramic Tiles
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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.
Ceramic Tile Tips

Step 1:

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.

Step 2:

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.

Step 3:

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.

Step 4:

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.

Step 5:

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.

Step 6:

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.

  • Tips & Warnings
  • Since most ceramic tile is glazed, this non-porous surface is resistant to germs and bacteria.
  • Use breakout thinking and remember that ceramic tile can create mosaics, intricate designs or murals.
  • Choose a slip-resistant surface for tiles that will be installed in wet areas, such as bathrooms or laundry rooms.
  • Ceramic is a "green" building material because of its natural properties, such as being recyclable and biodegradable.
  • High-quality tiles will not burn or emit toxic fumes.
  • Ceramic tiles have flexibility like no other design elements, simply because of the various sizes and myriad ways to install patterns.

About the Author

Andrea Campbell is a regular contributor to DexKnows. She has been writing professionally since 1991.

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