Ceramic Tile Floors

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Ceramic tile is an excellent choice for areas subject to a lot of traffic and in rooms where resistance to moisture and stains is needed. These features, combined with easy cleanup, have made ceramic tile a centuries-old tradition for flooring, walls, and ceilings in bathrooms and kitchens. Color, texture, and pattern choices available today make ceramic tile the most versatile flooring option in terms of design possibilities. It offers a great number of possibilities – from simple patterns to more elaborate designs that feature borders and inlays. Tile comes in a variety of sizes, beginning with 1-inch-square mosaic tiles up to 16x 16-inch squares. Other shapes, such as triangles, diamonds, and rectangles, are also available. Tile textures range from shiny to matte-finished and from lass-smooth to ripple-surfaced. Tiles are available either glazed or unglazed. Glazed tiles have a hard, often colored, surface that is applied during the firing process; the resulting finish can range from glossy to matte. Unglazed tiles, such as terra-cotta or quarry tiles, have matte finish, are porous, and need to be sealed to prevent staining.

Consider using accent borders to create unique designs, such as a faux area rug, that visually separate sections of a room or separate one room from another as shown in our pictures. When added in a random pattern, embossed accent tiles add interest, variety, and elegance to an expanse of single-colored tiles. Ceramic tile offers long-lasting beauty, design versatility, and simplicity of maintenance, but it also has some hard-to live-with features. Tile is cold underfoot (to prevent that we offer heated tile floors), noisy when someone walks across it in hard-soled shoes and not at all resilient –always expect the worst when something breakable falls on a tile floor.

2013 Cost vs. Value Report

Selected 2013 Cost vs. Value Report Statistics - Average Nationwide Return on Investment:

  • Deck addition – 77.3%
  • Major kitchen remodel – 59.7%
  • Bathroom remodel – 58.3%
  • New roof – 56.7%
  • Basement Remodel – 70.3%

Source: 2013 Cost vs. Value Report, (REALTOR® Magazine, Jan. 2013).