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In properly planning for the installation of
ceramic tile walls, there are many things to consider, and they
include the following:
utilizing tiles to maximize room size in addition to aesthetics.
Aesthetic improvement of your kitchen or bathroom might be the
motivating reason for the installation of ceramic tiles, but
what should also come to be another reason for such an
installation is its ability, if done right, to make a small room
appear much larger than it actually is. Small tiles are
tiles that can facilitate this much larger room appearance.
So, you may consider purchasing small tiles as opposed to large
using tiles that "work for you" in providing a tidy appearance
without much work on your part.
The color type of your tiles may very well set the tone of how
your kitchen or bathroom looks: Dust and dirt tend to be
dramatically more visible on very light-colored or very
dark-colored tiles. Alternatively, tiles bearing
patterns--natural and artificial--like granite and stone or
mildly colored tiles tend to better camouflage dust and dirt,
and such tiles may be your best bet in helping maintain a clean
appearance without much more work than would be the case with
light-colored or dark-colored tiles.
over smooth. Simply, for safety reasons, textured tiles are
better to have installed in your kitchen or bathroom because
such tiles are notably slip-resistant in comparison to smooth
tiles. Though, some are hesitant to buy and install
textured tiles simply because such are relatively harder to
clean than smooth tiles, but a bit harder cleaning is really a
small sacrifice for the inherent safety effect of
slip-resistance offered by textured tiles. In this light,
you may decide to side on the side of caution in buying and
installing textured tiles over smooth tiles.
Opting for glazed
rather than unglazed tiles. Initially, you may find that
unglazed tiles are the better buy for the installation of your
ceramic tile wall or floor, but ultimately such may turn out to
be an unwise tile choice: After installing unglazed tiles,
you'll be required to seal such tiles with a sealer, and reseal
such tiles year after year thereafter. This can amount to
hefty monetary and opportunity costs. Comparatively,
glazed tiles will not require as much work and, thus, may be
considered a better, wiser tile choice.
Seeking the least
porosity. You'll want to install tiles that are manufactured to
most resist water seepage to the underlying wall behind such
tiles as a result of water splashes, etc. Obviously, the
tiles that are most resistant to such water splashes are those
that have the least porosity, and such tiles are typically known
as vitreous tiles. Other tiles that are progressively more
porous, and should consequently be avoided, are the
semi-vitreous (mildly porous) tiles and non-vitreous (highly
calculated, thoughtful layout. Tiles may not always "stack up to
be" or otherwise look as good in your intended room of tile
installation as they do in a store showroom. This is why
it may be a good idea to take a few square feet of the
particular type of tile that captures your interest home with
you--either as take-home samples or alternatively, if necessary,
a purchase--to lay them out in the intended room of installation
for you and your family to come to appreciate the exact effect
such tiles will have on the room. That way, if you find
that the tile type you have selected is the one that best
complements your room, you can just easily purchase an adequate
amount of such tiles for the purpose of installation, or,
alternatively, if you hate the tile effect, you can return the
few square feet of tiles back without much of a loss if you
originally purchased them (if free sampling was not available).
These are some things you should consider in
planning for the installation of ceramic tiles.
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