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Lynda Bates Ceramic Tile November 10th, 2019 - 09:45:33
Not all tiles are created equal and the differences can determine if your ceramic tiles will hold up to the use you are putting them. For example low fire tiles or tiles that have only been through a bisque firing are generally less expensive but not nearly as durable as high fired tiles. Even if the tile has been glazed it may still have only gone through one firing and very possibly only a low firing so the fact of it being glossy and colorful is no indication that the tile has the durability of a high-fired tile. Greenware - ceramics that has dried but not been fired can be glazed with a low fire glaze and fired to a comparatively low temperature.
Many manufactured tiles are poorly made and will not hold up to the uses they are marketed for. Of course there are many quite excellent manufactured tiles too so you need to inquire to be sure. That information however may or not be readily available. The kind of ornamentation of the ceramic tile is important too. For a ceramic countertop or tabletop the tiles should be flat. For a backsplash the tiles can have low relief but high relief will be difficult to clean and is not generally advised. Fireplaces murals mosaics and facades can be either flat have low relief or high relief and low fire glazes are OK in these applications.
An additional consideration with flooring tiles is slickness. A glossy glaze on a floor is not recommended. A heavily textured glaze or a matte glaze is best. Outdoor use in cold climates demands high fired tiles and dependable glazes especially if on horizontal surfaces. Low fire and even porous tiles can be used outdoors in cold climates if on or in a vertical surface. But you are still better off with a frost proof tile in cold climates. Finally there is the issue of a ceramic tile being food-safe. Many decorative ceramic art tiles are used as serving trays for a variety of hot and cold foods and it is important that these not leach out chemicals.
Today trim tiles are available to cove backsplashes and front edge treatments. Installing ceramic tile countertop includes steps such as preparing the counter surface laying out the tiles applying adhesives embedding the tiles setting the edge tile setting and spacing tiles setting perimeter tiles and applying sealer and grout. Ceramic tile countertops are generally set on mortar bed or cement backer board with thin set mortar. For best results the field tile the trim and accents must be carefully selected. As they are easy to clean it is always advisable to use cement grouts and epoxy grouts. Finishes such as glazed porcelain quarry and mosaic can be applied to add to the charm of ceramic tile countertops. Ceramic tile countertops have certain downsides too. Since the grout between the tiles is light color and can harbor germs they require constant maintenance and cleaning. Ceramic tiles are prone to break and they cannot be easily repaired.
However no matter the type of tile or the use of the tile it should be taken care of because clean ceramic tile is a key component in both the beauty of a house and the health of a family. Decorative ceramic tile is used to decorate walls and floors. Walls can be decorated with these tiles in the place of wallpaper. Fireplaces and showers can be decorated with decorated tiles which increase the value of the house. Interior designers are using decorative tiles in their designs and homeowners are learning to express their beliefs and personalities through the tiles they choose.
If the current tile floor is set over a mortar bed the easiest way to remove them would be to use a large flat-bladed chisel and just hammer away. Be sure to keep yourself protected. 2) Try to get an estimate of the project by taking down the length and width of the floor area that you will be tiling. When you go window-shopping make sure to bring your measurements and discuss it with your hardware or home center specialists. Those measurements will help you a lot in estimating how much ceramic floor tiles you need to buy. It will also help you estimate how much cement and grout and the tools youll need for your ceramic tile installation.