Few people probably realize the beauty and agelessness of ceramic floor tiles. For thousands of years, it has decorated homes, temples, and various structures, testaments to its diversity and strength. In ancient times, its use was a status symbol representing opulence and wealth.
Nowadays, it can be found everywhere and utilized almost anywhere.
Ceramic floor tiles, unlike other flooring material, can be used in any room of a house or building. Its ability to bear up to constant traffic and exposure to liquids and grime makes it ideal for bathrooms, kitchens, walkways, and outdoor areas. There are no limitations to the colors and designs you can choose from. Thus, deciding to use this type of flooring material is not only a practical choice, but an aesthetic one as well.
There are several things to consider when choosing the type of ceramic tiles for your floors. First, you have to determine the right size suitable for the room. Next is your choice of design and type of ceramic finishing.
Sizes differ and would depend on its application. For rooms with large areas, it is best to use floor tiles ranging from 6″ x 6″ up to 12″ x 12″ or even larger. Smaller tiles, usually used for mosaic floors, are only quarter of an inch. The more grout lines there are the less slippery the flooring material is. However, this is harder to clean and is inappropriate for entryways and outdoor areas.
Before picking out a design, you must bear in mind that ceramic floor tiles last for generations. Thus, it is important to remember that your choice of shape and color should match a variety of materials and interior decorations.
Ceramic floor tiles also come in various shapes like square, rectangle, triangle, circle, diamond, hexagon, and octagon. You can even have it customized to a shape you want. There are an infinite number of combinations you can make especially when you mix and match them with different colors. Design possibilities are only limited by your own imagination. Of course, although the range of hues available is practically endless, going for ceramic tiles of a neutral or an earth shade is your best bet. You will have a wider selection in choosing the furnishings and décor to go with your floor.
Finally, the type of ceramic finishing, glazed tiles or unglazed tiles, should be chosen on the application of its traits on your floors. Glazing material is baked on the ceramic tiles making it shiny and sturdy. Although this makes the flooring material more slippery when wet, it is a lot easier to clean than unglazed tiles. You can always opt for either ceramic floor tiles coated with non-slip glazing or unglazed tiles with a non-porous sealant.