Ceramic tiles are made from mixtures of clays, sands and other natural substances. The body of the tile is molded into shape and then fired at extremely high temperatures in a kiln. Ceramic tiles can be glazed or unglazed. Glazed tiles are available plain or decorated and can be used on walls and floors. Unglazed ceramic floor tiles are more suited to commercial and industrial settings, but can be used in laundries and utility rooms. They are available with a non-slip profile. Porcelain tile is a type of ceramic tile, but is fired in a kiln at a higher temperature. It is harder and more durable as a result. Porcelain tile is typically $1 to $2 more expensive per square foot than comparable ceramic tile.
Changes in Tile
Tile sizes have gotten bigger over the years. In the 1970’s, 6”x6” tile was more popular. As recently as five years ago 12”x12” was the most common tile. Our most popular sizes for field tile today are 12”x24” and 18”x10”. Some manufactures make 60”x60” tile for commercial uses.
The Perfect Flooring for Anywhere in Your Home
Replace that boring, degraded old tile or vinyl flooring with some ceramic tiles and you will feel like you have a whole new kitchen, bathroom or hallway. Ceramic tiles are excellent for kitchen floors because of their low maintenance, upkeep and durability. They are flexible in size and design to match any taste. We offer literally thousands of options! They have been used for centuries for these very reasons. Drastically change the quality and appearance of any room in your home using ceramic tiles, whether to suit your needs, or to increase the value of your home. Ceramics are incredibly cost effective and can be used for many different applications, including:
- Flooring in kitchens and bathrooms
- Flooring in entryways, hallways, laundry rooms, mud rooms or any high traffic area
- Outdoor use
- Industrial Use