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What You Need To Know About Porcelain Floor Tiles?

large-format-tileAre you trying to decide which tile to use, porcelain floor tiles or ceramic tiling? Both have good and bad characteristics. They both come in unlimited variety of colors and designs.

Porcelain floor tiles are among the popular types, available in a wide range of selection with myriad patterns, textures and colors. Many contemporary residential and commercial buildings are using this style for both its functionality and its decorative appeal.

Ceramic tile is composed of various mixed materials, primarily clay and water which is processed with heat to form a solid product. Being made of porous material, the top surface of a ceramic tile is usually glazed. It is the glaze that determines its design, color and texture.

A high grade of glaze allows ceramic tiling to be particularly resilient and long-lasting. It is both scratch- and moisture-resistant. Glazed ceramic tiles are also easier to clean because of their composition, and they do not absorb odor. Another advantage of having ceramic floor tiles is the fact that these will not emit toxic fumes, or scorch.

Porcelain floor tiles, on the other hand, are made primarily of finely-ground sand. These are very dense types of tiles that absorb water at a rate of less than 0.5%. These tiles have the same qualities as glazed ceramic, largely owing to this density and because of their natural ingredient composition.

It is important to note, however, that if porcelain tiles need to be replaced for any reason, they will not necessarily have the same color throughout, so it may be necessary to replace significant sections of this type of tiling to avoid noticeable differences in their pattern.

Expensive and inexpensive designs are found in both porcelain and ceramic tiles, depending upon design, so price considerations between the two are relatively negligible. Installation of either is relatively easy and hassle-free.

Bottom line, before making the choice of which will best serve your needs, consider the amount of durability you will be asking from your tiling, as well as the aesthetic choice you want to make. Consult with a specialist at your local home improvement store or seek the advice of a professional repair/remodel service in order to be as informed as possible before arriving at the decision that will best serve your needs and the needs of your home.

by: Rudy Silva

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Creative Uses Of Ceramic Tile In The Bedroom

Use ceramic tile in the bedroomCeramic tile has held a hallowed place in bathroom renovations for generations. Durable, easy to clean, and available in a wide range of color, format and design, tile just makes sense in a bath. But some enterprising designers and homeowners are finding a new spot in the home where tile not only works well, but can take center stage – the master bedroom.

Homeowners are choosing to incorporate ceramic tiles into master bedrooms for many of the same reasons the material has been popular in bathrooms and kitchens:

  • Tile is more durable than other materials, lasting up to four times longer than carpet or wood. Unlike wood, it will never need refinishing, re-staining or sanding. It holds its luster better than vinyl, and requires no special chemical treatments, the way many natural stone products do. Because of this easy maintenance and durability, consumers can realize lower costs over the life of the product.
  • It’s naturally hypoallergenic and releases no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the atmosphere. It doesn’t collect dust, dust mites, pet dander or other irritants and microbes.
  • Tile is readily available in a wide range of colors, sizes, shapes and design themes. In fact, you can now find ceramic tile that even mimics the look of other popular, more costly or less durable materials like wood, glass or even metal.

So how can you use tile in your master bedroom? Here are some ideas from the professionals at Handyman Matters:

Creating a headboard

Fabric, wood or metal headboards can make a powerful design statement, and solidify a bed’s stance as the centerpiece of a room. Ceramic tile, now available in large formats and in designs that mimic the look of other materials, is a sensible, cost-effective and healthier alternative to some popular headboard materials. Creating a fabric headboard, for example, can be a costly, time-consuming process, yet you can get virtually the same look with ceramic tile made to look like fabric. And this is fabric that won’t harbor germs and microbes.

General design touches

If you love the look of wainscoting, wood paneling or bead board, but prefer a more durable, hypoallergenic material, ceramic tile can offer the same look without the disadvantages of wood decorator touches. Some manufacturers produce tiles that look like wood design elements.

Extending the life of a paint job

Paint is one of the easiest things to change in a room and can be one of the most difficult to clean and preserve. One way to extend the life of a paint job is to tile walls to the level of the chair rail – the portion of the walls that gets the most exposure to unsightly dirt, dings and scuffs. While some paints may require special cleaning solvents to remove dirt without damaging the finish, tile requires nothing more than hot water and some elbow grease.

Creating cohesion between rooms

In master suites with large, open floor plans, using tile in the bedroom portion of the suite can help create a seamless transition between the sleeping and bathing areas. Or it can help create cohesion between indoor and outdoor spaces – tile is one of the few interior design materials that can flow from inside to out.

Achieving a look with added durability

You may love the look of hardwood, but know that wood doesn’t hold up well in rooms where it’s exposed to a lot of moisture on a daily basis – such as in a bathroom – or to a lot of wear and tear, such as in a bedroom. While wood that’s exposed to water will eventually warp and wear, ceramic tile designed to look like prized hardwoods will stand up to moisture and water – even if the bathtub overflows. And ceramic tile that looks like wood will never develop the “worn path” appearance of wood that bears heavy foot traffic.

When it comes to interior design, sometimes the unexpected makes perfect sense – such as finding creative ways to use ceramic tile in the master bedroom. If you’re contemplating tile installation anywhere in your home, your local Handyman Matters location would be happy to assist you with your remodel. Click here to find a location near you or call 866-FIX-MY-HOME (866-349-6946).

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