Whether you are redecorating your kitchen, bathroom, patio, entry hall, ceramic tiles for your flooring is always a favorite because of its wide variety of styles, designs, and sizes available not to mention its cost effectiveness compared to marble and fine wood. While all this is well and good, most people don’t really know how to choose and purchase ceramic tiles. They often go with the design instead of the quality and durability each style gives you. On this note, here are some things to consider when choosing the ceramic tiles for your floor.
- Determine the needs of the area you want tiled. Before going on the hunt for the perfect ceramic tiles to cover your floors with, you must first evaluate what the specific area needs and will endure. For instance, let’s say that you will be placing tiles to cover your kitchen floor. The risk of spills and stains in this area is quite high since you are constantly dealing with food and liquids while you slave away. These spills and stains can somewhat be avoided but sooner or later, accidents will fall upon your floors. This being the case, then you should go with tiles that will either be easy to clean or will easily conceal any marks or stains if not cleaned immediately. Same goes with your bathroom since the tiles will have to endure constant attacks from molds and scum. On the other hand, if you are planning to lay some tiles for an area in your house where you are expecting heavy foot traffic or heavy furniture movement, then you will need a kind of tile that will not chip or fracture due to the weight. Evaluate the needs of the area in order to get an idea on what type of tile you will need.
- Stain and blemish free floors. As mentioned above, if you are planning to tile an area, which may be exposed to spills and constant staining such as the kitchen or the bathroom, then you will want to consider using glazed ceramic tiles. These tiles are easy to clean and the glaze protects it from easy staining from accidental food, beverage, and any other substances that may cause stains. Another option you could ponder on is to select darker colored tiles along with darker grout. These kinds of tiles can help conceal any stains should you be too lazy to clean after every spill. These are great to conceal molds as well making it a perfect option for the bathroom.
- Heavy traffic. Should you decide on tiling areas in your home that will endure tons of weight in terms of foot traffic or the accidental splashes of heavy weight on your floors, then you may want to consider unglazed tiles which is quite resistant to chips and fractures. Consider referring to the Moh ceramic tile assessment scale in order to find the right tiles for your heavily used floor. The ranking of the scale is from 1 to 10 with 1 being the softest and 10 being the hardest. You may consider using tiles that are double fired which are typically denser than the other tiles making it much more resistant and durable.
Once you know the type of ceramic tile you will need for your floor, you can now focus on the design, size, and pattern of the tile based on availability. Don’t worry; each type will have some of the same designs found on each and every type of ceramic tile. If you have doubts with the type of tile you chose, try to consult a professional who is experienced in this area.