Ceramic tile is not only fashionable, it also incredibly durable as well.
Ceramic tiles are made from clay, sand, and other materials that are kiln-fired at extremely high temperatures, baking the tile into a hard surface. Tiles can come glazed, which can add color and patterns as well as adding water resistance, or unglazed to increase slip-resistance.
Unglazed tiles are best used in commercial applications. Since they are unglazed, they maintain their color throughout the entire construction of the tile, meaning the unglazed tile will not show wear as much as its glazed counterpart. Unglazed tiles typically have a denser construction, which makes them ideal for areas with high traffic levels. Unglazed tiles need to be sealed to prevent water from penetrating the pores in the tile. The slip resistance of unglazed tiles makes them ideal for use in restaurant kitchens.
Glazed tiles are constructed the same way as unglazed, with a layer of glaze applied to the tile’s surface. This glaze prevents water from penetrating into the tile, as well as adding color, patterns, or images to the tile. Alternatively, a transparent glaze can be used to allow the natural color of the clay to show through.
Ceramic tiles can be used indoors for floors, countertops, and walls. Wall tiles are usually thinner and have a high gloss to them, making them unsuitable for floors as they can damage from foot traffic and can become very slippery when wet. Stone or porcelain tiles should be used outdoors, as standard ceramic tiles are too porous and can absorb lots of moisture.
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