There are things we interact with almost every day and yet give very little thought to, unless that item happens to be a particularly ugly tile be it age, size, or color. Once a tile hits that stage of noticeable ugly it becomes more than a sore spot it can become an obsession. If you are thinking of installing or replacing a tile that has become the object of your objections here is the truth about tile that you should know.
- Tiles have been around for a long time. They are first luxury flooring item. The earliest known tiles were found in an archeological dig in Egypt, and have been dated all the way back to about 4,700 BC.
- Tiles are now and have been the number one choice for wall covering in bathrooms, because of their look and versatility. Tiles are non-porous when glazed, and mold resistant.
- Ceramic tiles are the most common type of tile and offer the widest variety of size, color, texture, and shape.
- Porcelain tiles are slightly more expensive than ceramic. That being said they are stronger, better for higher traffic areas, and available in larger sizes.
- Real stone and marble tiles are much more expensive and also a harder material for tilers to work with. Natural stones are more porous, and as a rule, need to be sealed.
- Wall tiles are usually thinner, smaller and lighter. They are also usually weaker, and not designed to withstand significant temperature changes. Knowing your tile type and where you want to use the tile will ensure you are using the correct product for the job.
- Tile cement is a premixed mortar, that only requires the addition of water to create a thick, glue-like paste that is used to stick tiles to walls and floors. Which is part of your job and expense when you are looking at placing tile.
- Grout is a very fine powdered cement, that comes in many different colors. Grout is used to fill the gaps between tiles. Spacers should be used when installing tiles to ensure that spacing and grout lines are equal.
- Grout is more than part of the layout of your job, it can very much be a style choice for the look and feel of the room you are creating. The right or wrong grout color can take a room from just a space to a showpiece.
- Tile must be installed on a flat surface, or it will crack or loosen over time. Self-leveling cement compounds can fix uneven floors. On the other side, walls can be filled or plastered if there are small holes or imperfections. For large issues, it may be necessary to rehang new drywall.
- Tiles are a versatile and down-to-earth home improvement technology. They’re easy to maintain, and help provide a water-proof barrier to your walls.
- Tile be it on the floor or a wall lends a real durability to your space. Do it once; do it right. Example, Archaeologists have uncovered glazed tiles originally laid around 1,500BC. It proves that if you choose your tile wisely, there’s no reason your tiled area shouldn’t last for generations.
- Tiles are hardwearing, easily maintained, and not susceptible to fading from UV light.
- Tiles have long been recommended in preference to carpet to help combat dust allergies and asthma.
- Ceramic tiles should become an integral part of your home. Modern patterns and sizes will keep your home up-to-date with current trends, and careful selection will enhance and protect your home and add to its capital value. It’s a choice of not only function but one of design.
Now that you know the truth about tile, what will your truth be about your project?
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