Ceramic tiles come in glazed and unglazed versions. Because the unglazed version needs to be sealed, most homeowners use the glazed variety.
Ceramic Floor Tiling is a good job for the DIY enthusiast - not as difficult as it looks!
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Ceramic tiles are very durable and lighter than porcelain or real stone tile flooring. They are water and bacteria resistant. Properly installed, ceramic flooring will last for 20+years.
Ceramic flooring is very easy to maintain. It is smooth and non-porous. Because of its durability and its resistance to moisture, it is most often used in bathrooms and kitchens. However, it is extremely versatile and so can be used in almost any room in the home. Ceramic tile can also be used to tile showers in the bathroom and on backspalshes in the kitchen. Used in a living room, there seems to be a correlation between the use of ceramic floor tiles and area rugs. As with all flooring products these days, the use of underfloor heating will enhance your tiled floor considerably. (If you have never experienced the feel of a warm floor beneath your feet, I suggest you try it soon, I guarantee you will never use another form of heating again, especially in your bathroom).
Installing ceramic floor tile is an easy do-it-yourself job. The tiles are lighter than porcelain, thus they are easier to handle and lay properly.
You still need to be relatively careful when installing ceramic tile, because if you drop the tiles they will probably break. If you are not sure that you can do the job, you can visit a home hardware store, and they will be happy to give you step-by-step instructions on installing ceramic tile. They will also direct you to all the materials that you’ll need for the job.
Below are some tips on installing ceramic floor tile:
1. Make sure the subfloor is clean and dry
2. You can install ceramic tiles over a vinyl floor
3. Use a wet saw for cutting tiles
4. Use an adhesive specially made for ceramic; apply with a notched trowel
5. When applying the adhesive, work with a small section of floor at a time (give yourself about 30 minutes per section)
6. You need to allow the floor to dry at least 24 hours before grouting.
Ceramic tiles are virtually maintenance free and very easy to clean. Simply sweep the floor thoroughly with a broom and clean with a damp mop and mild household detergent.
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