If you want to renovate your space, you probably want to begin with your floor. There are different tiling options available in the market and after some sorting out; you are probably leaning toward the purchase of ceramic tiles. Here is what you need to consider as you prepare to purchase your ceramic tiles.
Why go for ceramic flooring tiles?
For most modern homes, ceramic tile is common choice. This is because it is easy to clean, durable and gives your space a stylish look. Ceramic tiles are available in a number of colors, textures, shapes, and sizes, and can match almost any decorating style. If you are a handy homeowner, laying ceramic tiles is something you can do on your own. Nonetheless, you need to keep in mind that unevenly positioned or misplaced tiles are not a good look and undoing them may be difficult, so if you are unsure of your capabilities, it will be best to let a professional handle the job.
Ceramic flooring tile options
There are two main types of ceramic tiles, Quarry tiles and compacted clay dust tiles. All ceramic tiles are either unglazed or glazed. Glazed tiles are highly glossy, matte, and have slip-resistant finishes. Glossy tiles will slip when wet, so they are not a good choice for flooring. Hand-painted glazed tiles come in elaborate and stunning patterns even though the glaze does not go all the way through. As such, you will see the color inside if chipping occurs. This will give your tiles a conflicting look. Mosaic tiles are products of different types of clay with color pigments added so that the color goes all the way through the tile. These tiles are available in both unglazed and glazed finishes. They are also water-resistant and will not easily chip. Porcelain tiles go through high temperatures to make them stronger and harder than all other ceramic tiles. They are resistant to wear and tear and absorb less water compared to other ceramic tiles making them the perfect choice for high-traffic areas of the home, and especially those susceptible to wetness.
Selecting the right ceramic flooring tile
Ceramic flooring tiles come in many different sizes. Most of them are twelve to eighteen inches. Small one-inch mosaic tiles that come in sheets are also popular. Mosaic tiles are able to cover an entire floor and add visual interest when combined with larger tiles. For less spacious rooms, it is best to stick to smaller ceramic flooring tiles such as the ones in twelve-inch squares. Bigger tiles may suppress the décor in your space. Consider using bigger tiles for larger rooms. The bigger the room, the less busy the room looks. Place your flooring tiles diagonally instead of in a grid. It adds visual interest to a room. Purchase more tiles than you require because you may break or damage some tiles during the installation process. Furthermore, you will have to cut the tiles at corners and the additional tiles will cover that.