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From choosing the right tiles and color to tearing out existing ceramic tile floors without damaging the subfloor a building professional can help you with information at the very least or assist with your ceramic tile installation. These professionals are always open about sharing what they know about home improvement and making beautiful tile floors. You can get referrals for tiling specialists from your hardware store home center or equipment tool rental yard. If you are going to buy ceramic tiles for a ceramic tile backsplash floor tiles wall tiles or even ceramic tiles for ornamentation there are specific factors to know in choosing which tile is best for your application.
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.
Such a cermic tile would not be suitable for certain applications. For example if you intend to use the tile for a backsplash counter top or tabletop you will need a very durable tile that will hold up to frequent cleaning and in the case of a countertop or tabletop some hard use too. Stoneware clays are the most suitable for this sort of use. Stoneware is normally fired to about cone 6 (around 2200 degrees F) and is very strong. But in your inquiry dont stop with what kind of clay the tiles are made from. Glazes vary enormously and even so-called food-safe glazes can leach out chemicals stain and lose their color.
The kind of ceramic floor tiles you are looking for should have three main qualities: The ability to withstand water absorption impressive resistance to abrasion and constant use as well as high aesthetic qualities. Most hardware stores are open to requests for information like details tile strength and ability to withstand regular use and scratching and resistance to physical stress and liquids. Gaining information will help you a lot in your ceramic tile installation and maintenance. When hesitating between two options it never hurts to seek assistance from your tile dealer or someone who knows tiles better than you.