Tips To Help You When Choosing Tile For Your Home Improvement Project
June 25, 2015
Many homeowners and designers use ceramic tile as a way of beautifying and improving the function of homes. This popular form of flooring can be found in a wide variety of colors, designs and shapes, so there’s definitely something to suit every home-improvement need. In this article, we will provide some information to help you choose just the right ceramic tile for your project. Read on to learn more.
Ceramic tile is a pocketbook friendly choice in floor covering, yet it lends a classic and beautiful touch to every home improvement project. With ceramic tile, you can choose from bright colors, natural terra-cotta, stone finish and an almost endless array of patterns and styles.
There are literally hundreds of different choices to make, and it can be a bit confusing. It’s important to get just the right match for your home, though. Once your decorative ceramic tile is installed, making a change might be rather difficult. You’ll want to make your choice carefully to be sure that the tiles you choose provide the looks and function you seek.
There are five grades of ceramic tile. The grading identifies the hardness and firmness of the tile. Here is a list of ceramic tile grade levels for your convenience.
Grade 1 is intended for areas of light traffic, such as bathrooms.
Grade 2 is a little bit more durable and intended for medium traffic areas such as kitchens and entryways. This type of tile is also suitable for bathrooms and may be a good choice for large households where the bathroom will get a lot more traffic than in a small household.
Grade 3 is also a medium traffic tile, and it is suitable throughout the home.
Grade 4 is fairly heavy duty and can be used throughout the household or in commercial applications.
Grade 5 is heavy duty ceramic tile for high traffic areas. This is a good choice for use indoors or outdoors and especially in commercial settings such as restaurant kitchens.
Another quality of ceramic tiles that you’ll want to be aware of is water absorption. Ceramic tiles come in 3 levels of water absorption. They are:
* Vitreous – Highly Absorbent
* Semi Vitreous – Semi Absorbent
* Non-Vitreous – Least Absorbent
Selecting ceramic tiles to use in your home can be very confusing because of the many choices. Armed with the information presented here, you should be able to make an educated choice in this important investment in the beauty and function of your home.