Ceramic tile has been used in the design of buildings for thousands of years. It’s an extremely durable and easy to care for product that when properly installed and maintained will last the lifetime of a building. It creates a dynamic first impression and has the ability to bring any space (indoors or out) to life with the use of colors, textures, and shapes. Due to major advancements in technology, ceramic tile products are more design-oriented, stronger, and more versatile than ever before. In addition to the qualities of ceramic tile listed below, consumers are choosing ceramic tile because it often fits their taste and lifestyle better than other floor and wall coverings.
Durability. Whether it’s high heels, sand or grit on the bottom of a shoe or the occasional skateboarder gliding across the floor, neither is a match for ceramic tile. Extremely scratch resistant, ceramic tile hardness is often compared to some of the hardest minerals on the planet.
Low Maintenance. Unaffected by muddy shoes, spilt sticky beverages or burning embers popping from a fireplace, Ceramic Tile is practically maintenance free. Typically, just a mild detergent and water is all that is needed to keep your tile looking new for decades.
Best Value. Because tile has almost no maintenance cost, increases the value of your home and will practically last forever, ceramic tile has the best value over all other floor covering options. In the past decade very detailed study was conducted by an independent research organization that concluded ceramic tile has the lowest life cycle cost compared to 12 other popular floor covering products including hardwood, VCT, carpet and laminates.
Superior Design Versatility. Tile installations have the unique ability over other floor and wall covering products to be customized and unique expressions of one’s taste and lifestyle. Due to limitless patterns and a large variety of colors, textures and shapes, ceramic tile installations can be one of kind designs. Add natural stone, glass or metal to accompany your porcelain tile and the possibilities increase more.
Water Resistant. Unaffected by water, ceramic tile is the perfect choice for areas that see its fair share of splashing children, wet feet and dripping umbrellas. In addition to ceramic tile installations having the ability to be waterproof, textures can greatly increase traction thus making tile a great surface for swimming pools, locker rooms, bathrooms..etc.
Fade Resistant. Due to the use of natural minerals fired at temperatures over 2300⁰ F, ceramic tile will not fade and is not affected by UV rays. Properly maintained tile will look like new for decades.
Fire Resistant. When you install ceramic tile or natural stone you can rest assured that your loved ones are safer as these products are fire resistant.
Clean and Healthy. Because ceramic tile is fired in kilns of 2300⁰+ there are no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) present. VOCs contribute to a wide variety of health issues and are often the cause of “sick building syndrome”. There are “zero” VOCs in ceramic tile where some wood, carpet and vinyl floors contain low VOCs.
Ceramic tile is also hypoallergenic and unlivable for bacteria, germs, mold and mites. This is good news for people with allergies and asthma.