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TILE FLOORING

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Ceramic tile’s unique character and texture adds energy, excitement, and enhancement to any room. The multitude of styles, shapes, patterns, colors, and finishes offer you a home that can range from elegant and quiet to vibrant and provocative. Ceramic creates magic and mystique. With a tradition that dates back to ancient civilizations, ceramic tile can be found in ancient structures all around the world.

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How Tile Flooring is Made

Ceramic tile is a natural product made up of clay, minerals, and water. Glazed ceramic tile has a ceramic coating applied to the tile body which gives the tile its color and finish. Tile is durable, easy to care for, and is a low-maintenance material. Ceramic tiles are extremely resistant to scratching and are environmentally friendly. While being both beautiful and versatile, tile also lends itself to being both fire and water resistant.

Being prepared and involved will help ensure that the installation process is done smoothly and efficiently. Knowing what to expect will also be a lot less stressful on you, your family, and your home.

Installing this type of floor is difficult, labor intensive, and extremely exacting. We strongly recommend you hire a reliable, seasoned, dedicated professional to install your ceramic floor. That way you can be assured of a beautiful and correct installation. Installing a ceramic tire floor is a skill that is developed through years of experience.

Tile setting remains the same hand-operated, labor intensive process that it has always been since ancient times. The process begins with the preparation of the tile foundation, or the substrate. Common materials used as tile substrates in home installations include concrete, plywood, and drywall. The first step in your ceramic tile installation involves cleaning of the substrate. Dirt, moisture, and oil can interfere with the adhesion of the tile, so care is taken to remove all foreign debris prior to beginning.

Next installers will level the surface of the substrate. This will provide a strong support base for the tile and ensure that the individual tiles will appear flat when installed. If the substrate is not level, the result can be tiles not being set correctly. This can cause chipping or cracking when weight is applied.

Once the substrate has been leveled, it may have a waterproofing layer applied to it. This is important in installations where the tile is frequently exposed to moisture, like kitchens, bathrooms, and exteriors.

Once the substrate has been prepared, the next step is to create a layout plan. This plan shows the dimensions of the room and will help determine the amount of ceramic tile and other materials needed for the installation. The installer will use this plan to determine the pattern and orientation of the installed tile. A chalk line is commonly used to lay down a guide for the installer.

Today, most tile installers have moved from the thickset method of applying tile to a less labor-intensive process known as the thinset method. This method is more efficient. Tile is adhered directly onto a backer board that is nailed to a plywood or concrete substrate using a much thinner layer of mortar. This backer board is called a cement backer unit (or CBU) and it provides a supportive and water-resistant layer between the porous substrate and the mortal and the tile applied on top of it.

Once the tiled floor has been set into place and left to fully cure, usually from 12-24 hours, the grout is applied. The mortar and grout need 24 hours to cure before walking on the tile. This ensures that the tiles won’t shift or become loose before the adhesive thinset mortar and grout have had a chance to set.

Tile flooring options

There are three types of ceramic tile: glazed, unglazed, and porcelain. Ceramic tile is a practical, functional choice for your floor. It offers you a unique opportunity for self-expression because of its beauty and design potential. Ceramic tile exhibits a versatility of colored glazes and decoration. You can range from simple terra cotta tiles to highly decorated individual ceramic tiles creating intricate mosaics. Their simple geometric design makes ceramic tile easy to design into different sized spaces and in a diverse range of home styles. This explains the popularity of ceramic tile throughout history.

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Tile Flooring Maintenance

Regularly sweeping a tile floor is crucial to prevent dirt from adhering, especially on textured surfaces. Use a vacuum cleaner without a beater bar to avoid scratching tiles, and utilize attachments for edges and between tiles. Damp-mop ceramic tile floors using recommended cleaners, spot cleaning for heavier soil. For textured tiles, mild scrubbing may be necessary. After using a mild detergent, thoroughly rinse with warm water, and consult product instructions to ensure compatibility with your tile type. Wipe dry for added shine, following the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Tile Options

Classici Marquinia Glossy 12 x 24

Galaxia Black Matte 12 x 24

Basalt Grey Chiseled 12 x 24

Waystone Pearl 12 x 24

Waystone Sand 12 x 24

Waystone Light 12 x 24

Dolomia Grey Nat 12 x 24

Dolomia Cream Nat 12 x 24

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