Though Ceramic tiles of present world were once as simple white or beige color squares for bathrooms and kitchens, today they come in all sorts of shape, color, size and design and have made their way into the rest of the home.
There are so many types of ceramic tile products available in market that can be used for home remodeling such floor tiles, wall tiles or roof tiles with literally thousands of styles and grades to choose from, and can be of a great advantage during a remodeling process. Based upon the properties and material of ceramic tiles they are divided into few categories:
Vitrified tiles: These tiles are scratch, compact and acid resistant and possess better mechanical strength. They are practically replacing stone and marble as flooring because of their stone-like qualities such as seamless joint and uniform color and texture.
Porcelain tiles: These versatile tiles come with a rough, plain, or polished finish and can be used in interiors and are an outstanding choice for outdoor conditions as they don't wear easily under heavy traffic.
Mosaic tiles: These ones are small tiles, about .75 inches to 1 inch in size mounted on latex mesh or paper sheets for easy installation. These tiles can be porcelain, ceramic or glass and are most suitable on walls, in water pools, curved surfaces as murals, and low traffic floors. They do not chip easily and due to many grout joints are slip resistant too.
Glazed tiles: These smooth surface, non porous tiles are stain proof, most suitable for low traffic areas, countertops and walls. The large format glazed tiles that have satin finish are pretty popular these days.
Quarry tiles: These dense and thick tiles are mostly used in heavy commercial establishments. Their rugged surface texture and natural color gives them naturally stain resistant and slip resistant qualities.
Terracotta tiles: These machine made or handmade are often used as roof tiles, they feature a rustic look and stay warm in winters and cool in summers though unglazed terracotta tiles need a coat of sealer every year.
Tiles are the most flexible medium and design possibilities are limited only by imagination. The present tile design trends range from bold colors to white and black scheme and from large sizes to tiny mosaic patterns. While white and black is the inconspicuous design expression in step patterns, diagonal designs and combination of textures and patterns, the vibrant color palette brighten up the spaces and works well in homes. Bold colors tiles can also accentuate the black and white design. Another trend is the metallic finish tiles in steel, bronze, copper, gold or silver, with fresh as well as rusted and classic appearance. Ceramic tiles with Stainless steel finish borders and steel inlays can give the most contemporary look. Weathered and oxidized weathered steel look are the other designer finishes that are in demand. Talking about size large format, tiles are the hottest look that gives a grand look to the space.
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