Every Kind of Tiling
Tiling is a great option, not only for flooring in kitchens and bathrooms, but also for walls, sinks, counters, bath tubs, and more. There are many different kinds of lowes tile materials used for tiling and multiple companies that provide tiling, such as Dune tiles.
Ceramic tiles are some of the most popular. They are thin slabs of clay and other inorganic materials that are hardened by oven firing and coated with glaze. Ceramic is best known for its durability. There are still installations of ceramic intact in ruins from ancient Rome and Egypt. Even Pompeii has great examples of ceramic work that are still in great condition after 2,000 years.
Ceramic tile is perfect for kitchens and bathrooms because it is easy to clean and does not harbour gems. It is manufactured in production runs, so watch out for variation between lots. Make sure the calibre number, which indicates size, and lot number, which indicates colour, are the same throughout the order.
Ceramic tile is rated from zero to five based on hardness. Zero through two is great for wall tiling. Three is good for most residential uses. Four and give are hard enough for commercial applications. The best use for ceramic is in floors, walls, countertops, and backsplashes. It is durable, versatile, low maintenance, and relatively affordable.
Porcelain is a subtype of ceramic tile and is the most popular tile at the moment. Porcelain can appear very high quality, but the toughness of porcelain is not necessary in residential applications. Porcelain is designed more for airports and other commercial and industrial applications that see a lot of traffic.
Usually, ceramic tile is all that is needed for residential tiling uses. The manufacturing process of porcelain provides unlimited design potential that makes it possible in the residential market. Porcelain’s low porosity means it needs a special compound for setting.
People who install tile themselves make the mistake of using the same setting material designed for ordinary ceramic tiles. Ask the manufacturer how to install porcelain, not a salesperson. Porcelain is all purpose and best in commercial installations, but many people prefer porcelain in the homes because of its toughness and design variety.