The Pros and Cons of Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile is often used in bathrooms and kitchens places because it is easy to clean. It is also resistant to water and other spills, unlike carpet or wood. However, there are also disadvantages which should be taken into consideration. This is especially the case if you are planning to install ceramic tile flooring in rooms that normally have carpeting. Ceramic tile is a natural product for the most part and is made from various minerals and clay.

Durability

Perhaps the most obvious advantage of ceramic tile flooring is its high durability. This is why it is used in places such as kitchens, bathrooms, utility rooms and entrance lobbies. High traffic areas require durable flooring. This is why ceramic tiles are used. Durability of ceramic tile does depend, however, on its hardness. Ceramic tile is rated on a scale of 0 to 5, with five being the hardest. For normal residential usage, a rating of three is normally chosen. For places which have more traffic, a higher rating is more suitable.

While ceramic tile is durable to dirt, spillages and heavy traffic, it is also easy to break. Dropping something heavy on a ceramic floor will crack the tile. While ceramic tile is durable in certain respects, it is not when it comes to chips and cracks. Damaged tile cannot be repaired. It will need to be removed and replaced. You can save a lot of problems in the future by buying a spare stack of tiles when you install the floor. This way, you always have matching tiles to replace any broken ones.

Cold Surface

Ceramic tile is rarely appropriate in bedrooms or living rooms. This is because it always has a cold surface and does not provide a cozy atmosphere. You can warm up your room by installing under floor heating. Covering much of the floor with a rug over the surrounding surface can help to negate any cold feeling.

Installation

Ceramic flooring is not easy to install, especially for somebody who is not familiar with installing tiled surfaces. The process of installing such a floor is time-consuming and labor intensive. Fortunately, with a proper tools and supplies at your disposal, you can learn how to do the job yourself and save a lot of money. A considerable amount of time is needed to complete the project and allow it to set and dry.

Affordability

Ceramic tile has a clear advantage when it comes to price because it is one of the most affordable flooring options. With a combination of fairly high durability and ease of maintenance, the low square foot price of ceramic tile makes it a great choice. 

Easy to Clean

Ceramic tile is often used in places that are high traffic and prone to dirt. This is because it is easy to clean and not prone to stains. In contrast, dirt and moisture are likely to soak into other types of flooring, such as wood.