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Things to Consider When Purchasing Ceramic Floor Tiles

When it comes to choosing tiles for your home Ceramic tiles are a great option as they are stylish, practical and durable.

Things to Consider When Purchasing Ceramic Floor Tiles

Ceramic tiles are made up of a mixture of clays blended together, shaped perfectly and then fired until a hard outer layer is formed. Here are some useful facts for those of you looking to purchase ceramic tiles.

Are you Aware of What Goes into Making Ceramic Tiles?

When purchasing ceramic tiles how many of us are actually aware of what goes into making these tiles?  The basic ingrediance needed to produce this tile remains unchanged, through centuries with the clays harvested from the land and then moulded into the specified dimensions with minerals, even the coloured glazes can be crafted from mineral pigments.

The body of the tile is known as the bisque and its density will determine how porous the tile is and whether it is best suited to indoor or outdoor use. If you are looking for a heavy duty commercial floor tile, a ceramic tile with very dense bisque would be most suitable, as the higher bisque density and fewer air pockets lead to greater impact resistance.

Ceramic tiles for Walls or Floors?

Ceramic tiles are a great option for both walls and floors as they look great when used in any room of the house and they come in both matte and gloss finishes suiting all tastes and needs. One of the biggest advantages of choosing ceramic tiles is that they are durable which makes them ideal  for suitable for even the most heavily walked areas of your home, so you don't need to worry about them wearing out or getting damaged easily.

What to consider when specifying commercial ceramic tiles

When purchasing any material or type of tile, there are a number of things to consider when specifying a ceramic tile for a project, this includes:

Abrasion Resistance

Areas of heavy use such as hallways and kitchens will need a high abrasion resistance rating so they can continue to maintain their appearance.

Water Resistance

The absorption level of the tile will determine if the tile is suitable for outdoor use or not. If the material is more than 3% porous, it should only be used inside. A porcelain tile has a porosity of 0.03%.

Slip Resistance

No one wants to be slipping and sliding on new flooring and this should be one of the first things to consider, especially if you have young children, are elderly or disabled.

Check out the slip rating of the tile as it must be matched to its intended place of use.

If you are looking to purchase Ceramic tiles, check out Crown Tiles or call 0800 156 0756 and speak to a member of the team who can advise you on suitable options for your home. 

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