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Ceramic tile is not only the most durable of flooring surfaces, but
it also proves to offer an amazing array of design possibilities.
There are many variations in size, color, texture, and pattern. It
is also easy to clean and extremely resistant to odors, bacteria,
scratches, stains, and water. For these reasons, it is the ideal
material for use in kitchens, bathrooms, entryways, and other areas
of the home.
Ceramic tile is made from clay or a mixture of organic materials.
The tile is then finished by kiln firing. Ceramic tile is generally
light weight and relatively thin. It can come either glazed or
unglazed. Glazed tiles are hard and non-porous resulting in flooring
that is stain resistant, scratch and fire resistant, doesn't fade
from sun light, slip resistant, and easy to clean. The tiles come in
many colors and different finishes and textures.
Unglazed tile is unfinished, so there is no glazing or any other
coating applied to the tile. The color remains the same on both the
top and bottom. The tile is very durable and it doesn't scratch as
easily as glazed tile. For these reasons, it doesn't show the
effects of heavy traffic. It does, however, fall victim to stains.
You can protect your unglazed tile with a sealer or wax.
There are several types of ceramic tile which include porcelain
tiles, quarry tiles, satillio, terrazzo tiles, and agglomerate
tiles. Porcelain tile is a ceramic tile that is dense, impervious,
fine grained and smooth, with a sharply formed face. Porcelain tile
is available in mat, unglazed or a high polished finish. Quarry
tiles come glazed or unglazed and are made by the extrusion process
from natural clay or shale. This tile is most common in the dark red
shades and works wonderful for surfaces that receive heavy traffic.
Satillio tiles, with Spanish roots, are a decorative tile commonly
used for aesthetics purposes.