Ceramic Tile Flooring

Ceramic and porcelain tile flooring is a popular choice in both residential and commercial as it has an attractive and versatile appearance and is particularly hard wearing. By choosing the right material, glaze, finish, and style, it can be adapted to fit a wide range of environments and serve many different needs.

Different Ceramic Tiles

Ceramic Tile Types

The processes and materials that go into making ceramic tiles can be varied to produce tiles with different properties and a diverse range of styles.There are several types of ceramic tile that can be used in commercial buildings:

Unglazed

Unglazed ceramic tiles are made from a mixture of clays and mineral powders fired at a very high temperature. These untreated tiles are usually red in color and aesthetically eye-catching, they are also very easy to maintain.

Glazed
To increase the slip and scratch resistance of tiles, liquid glass is glazed over the surface. Both glazed and unglazed tile are used for commercial purposes, but treating the tile with liquid glass are often favored because it increases the tile’s durability.

Porcelain
Porcelain tiles are made using the same basic materials and processes as ceramic flooring, but they have a water absorption rate of lower than 0.5 percent. They also come in glazed and unglazed varieties.

Ceramic Flooring Considerations

When considering installing a ceramic tile floor it’s important to take practicality and appearance into account before making a decision.

Patterned Ceramic Tile Floor

Positive:

  • Durable

Porcelain and ceramic tile flooring can withstand high foot traffic without suffering damage or wearing down. The tiles are rated on a scale of 0-5 for hardness, and for commercial use a rating of 4 or above is suitable.

  • Many Design Options

The tiles come in a wide variety of materials, sizes, colors, styles, treatments, and textures. They can also be laid out to create different patterns.

  • Long Lasting

The hard, resistant nature of ceramic tiles means that very little maintenance is needed. Chips and cracks are the most common issue, but since individual tiles can be replaced there is rarely a need for large scale repair work.

Negative:

  • Installation

Ceramic flooring is more difficult to install than many other commonly used commercial flooring materials, such as vinyl composite tile  (VCT) or linoleum. To reach a high quality finish, qualified professionals are necessary.

Cost

The price of ceramic tiles varies widely depending on style and quality, but they are generally considered a low price flooring solution. The installation cost is higher than that of some other flooring options, but the durability of the material means that very little additional work will have to be done throughout the lifetime of the product.

Finishing

Unglazed ceramic or porcelain tiles can be treated with ceramic tile floor finish to keep them protected, non-slip, and give them a high gloss appearance. Glazed tiles on the other hand are often too smooth for finishes to properly adhere, but they have a natural sheen and slip-resistant surface.

Maintenance

Cleaning a tiled floor is very simple as only standard floor cleaning products are needed. Ceramic tiles are stain, moisture, mold, and mildew resistant, so they are an ideal flooring choice for any food service or high traffic environment.

Wet Ceramic Tile Floor

About Green Shield UV Sealer for Ceramic Tile

Green Shield UV floor sealer is one of the best options for refinishing ceramic and porcelain tile floors. It eliminates the need to buff and offers great durability (about 20 times that of wax). The floor sealer is also nonporous which helps with microbial and infection control, eliminates unpleasant odors and prevents the growth of bacteria. For a free estimate on ceramic tile floor refinishing please call us 1-800-380-6747.