Pros and Cons of Ceramic Tile

Jim Williams
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Ceramic tiles are thin slabs of clay or other inorganic materials, made from heating clay at extremely high temperatures. Ceramic is often used in bathrooms, kitchens, entryways, office spaces, and other areas where a durable and waterproof tile is required.

When you are shopping for a new ceramic tile floor, consider the pros and cons of the material:

Pros of Ceramic Tile

1. It Can Last a Lifetime: When installed properly, and maintained well ceramic tile will last a lifetime. Considered one of the more durable tiling materials, ceramic is long lasting and will maintain its beautiful appearance for decades. This makes ceramic tile not only a great looking flooring material, but a priceless investment in your home.

2. It Can Stand Up To Traffic: Known as one of the more durable flooring materials, ceramic can stand up to a lot of heavy traffic. This makes ceramic a great choice for kitchens, entryways, and other areas that will see a lot of wear and tear over the years.

3. It's Available in Many Designs & Styles: Many people think ceramic is only available in white. However, ceramic tiles are available in plenty of colors (like reds, yellows, or even stainless steel) finishes and styles that make it easy to choose the beautiful ceramic tile that will look great in your home. The tiles are also cut to various shapes, including mosaic, rectangle, and square.

4. It's All-Purpose: Ceramic tile installations can range from residential bathrooms to commercial kitchens. Because of ceramic's versatility and strength, it works in both commercial and residential applications.

5. It Doesn't Harbor Allergens or Mold: Ceramic floors are non-toxic (as long as non-toxic grout is used) and excellent for those who suffer from allergies. 

Cons of Ceramic Tile

1. It Can Be Expensive: There is no getting around it, ceramic tile is an expensive material. More costly than laminate and carpet, as well as other types of natural stone floor ceramic will cost you a decent chunk of change. Still, if you consider your ceramic tile a worthy investment in your home then the cost is well worth it.

2. It Can Be Slippery: Ceramic tile can be slippery when wet, so it is important to take precautions. Install ceramic tiles in areas that will not get slippery, or use area rugs to absorb moisture and create barriers for feet. Additionally, ceramic may not be the best option for homes where children play or the elderly live.

3. Installation Can Take Time: Installing ceramic tile is a bit more difficult than installing a vinyl floor or a tongue and groove-planked floor, but still not the most difficult floor to install. The need to cut tiles with a wet saw and also prepare the subfloor, makes the installation process a bit more difficult than the average installation project. 

When you are shopping for a new tile floor, consider the benefits and disadvantages of ceramic tile and decide whether it is the best fit for your home. Making an educated decision will ensure you choose the proper tile for your floor renovation project.

More Resources:

HGTV, "The Pros and Cons of Ceramic Tile, "Tile Flooring: Pros and Cons"


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