Ceramic

Ceramic tiles are a versatile architectural resource that can be employed in a variety of environments without having to worry about the constraints of water, stains, and design. However it is a hard tile surface covering, and as such, it also has characteristics that may make it unsuitable in certain locations. Glazed ceramic tiles have a protective layer that rests over the material, making them impervious to water and stain penetration. They are also naturally resistant to the ravages of high humidity conditions. These properties make them ideal for use in moist environments such as bathrooms or kitchens. Unglazed ceramic tiles will need to be sealed in order to protect their surface from liquids. The grout lines in between ceramic tiles are also susceptible to moisture, and will need to be sealed in order to make them impervious to water which can otherwise seep down, weakening the installation and causing the growth of mold. Ceramic flooring is extremely tough and the tiles are difficult to crack. A quality installation can last for 10 - 20 years and longer if well maintained. If a single tile does crack due to a severe impact, the process of replacing that tile is relatively simple.

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