Ceramic & Porcelain Floor Tiles
Floor tiles come in a range of materials, patterns, colours and sizes. Tiles can be situated in numerous areas throughout your home including bathrooms, kitchens and utility areas. Some tiles can also be used externally on patios and terraces.
Advantages of using floor tiles over other floor coverings is that they are simple to clean and maintain, unlike carpets for example. Also they do not retain moisture the way carpet and other materials can, meaning water damage is not of concern. Floor tiles are also hygienic as they do not harbour bacteria like other floor coverings can, and they can be used alongside underfloor heating to create warmth in living areas.
Ceramic Floor Tiles
Within the home, ceramic tiles will wear as well as porcelain, are less dense and generally cheaper to buy. They are extremely tough yet aesthetically pleasing too – making them an ideal floor covering in busy households.
If you opt for a ‘glazed’ ceramic floor tile, you will have a floor covering that is perfectly suited to high moisture areas of your home (for example, the bathroom or kitchen). They are highly water resistant as well as abrasion and tread wear, making them ideal for heavy traffic areas such as a hall way or walk through. Ceramics are easy to maintain and won’t fade or change colour even in direct sunlight.
Porcelain Floor Tiles
Porcelain can be used outside as well as inside the home due to its denser material being fired to a greater temperature enabling it to cope with varying temperatures. For example, it can withstand frost outside if used on a terrace or can be used on top of underfloor heating. Porcelain proves very popular and can last a life time if installed properly.
Glazed or sealed porcelain is non-porous meaning it is unable to harbour harmful bacteria, making them an ideal choice for commercial areas such as swimming pools.