At Floor Coverings International of Lexington we have a huge number of flooring materials for you to choose from and we are here to help you make the best choice possible. If you are currently thinking about re-flooring your kitchen, bathroom, breezeway, or mudroom, you should definitely consider ceramic tile for its excellent utility and all-around value.
Ceramic tile is made of clay that is fired at high temperatures. It can be left unglazed for a rougher, natural look, or glazed to add color, gloss, and increased moisture resistance. Ceramic tile has been used as a building material for thousands of years, dating all the way back to ancient Egypt, and it is still a popular flooring material here in the Lexington, Georgetown, Richmond area. It has long been prized for its water resistance, fire resistance, versatility, and durability. It is also easy to maintain and easy to clean. Ceramic doesn’t trap dirt, almost any household cleaner is safe to use on it, and a simple damp mop will work well for most everyday cleaning jobs.
When properly installed, a ceramic tile floor will outlast just about any other flooring option. It should stand the test of time and keep up its attractive appearance for the life of your home. But, if you do decide to redo your floor again at a later time, you’ll be happy to know that ceramic is also recyclable. Used tiles can either be broken up and incorporated into mosaic tile patterns or ground down and reformed into entirely new tiles. Given that ceramic is also initially formed from readily abundant natural materials, and through a low-polluting process, it is a very environmentally friendly flooring option.
When selecting ceramic tile you’ll want to choose a tile that works best for your specific needs. This means choosing between porcelain and general ceramic tile, and deciding whether to go with a glazed or unglazed variety. Porcelain is essentially the same as any other ceramic tile. It is still made with clay and fired at high temperature. The difference is that white clay is used, rather than red or brown, and porcelain tends to be harder, denser, and a bit more moisture resistant than general ceramic. With regard to glaze, you may want to select an unglazed tile if using it on a floor that is likely to become wet. Glazed tile will be far slipperier than unglazed, but it will also absorb less moisture and better resist staining, so there is a tradeoff.
When it comes to installing flooring of any kind, you have some decisions to make. Let the experts at Floor Coverings International of Lexington help you make the very best choice for your home or office. We will be happy to discuss your options during your free design consultation. Contact us any time!
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