Ceramic floor tiles are an extremely versatile product which can be used in a number of seemingly hostile environments such as bathrooms and kitchens. There are few concerns about how ceramic tiles in Manhattan will stand up to water, cleansers, cooking oils etc, and there is no end to the designs and colors that are available. The one drawback is the fact that it is hard and as a result there are limitations to its practical use. A complete understanding of the pros and cons of this material will help you make an informed choice.
Advantages of ceramic tiles:
Water resistance: Ceramic tiles can be either glazed or unglazed. Those tiles that are glazed are naturally sealed and impervious to water penetration and resistant to stains. They are also resistant to high humidity which makes them ideal for bathrooms.
Unglazed versions need to be sealed once they are laid otherwise the surface would not have any form of protection against liquids. Regardless of whether the tiles are glazed or unglazed the grout between the tiles also must be sealed against the ingress of moisture. The sealing material will have to be reapplied periodically, otherwise water will eventually seep through and be the cause of loose tiles and mold growth.
Durability: Ceramic tiles in Manhattan are tough and very hard to crack or break; if well maintained these tiles, if they were installed properly, can last for many years. If a single tile does become damaged, it can be replaced as long as you were wise enough to purchase a few extras.
Low maintenance: Dirt, liquids and stains can be easily removed from ceramic tiles. Regular daily maintenance is no more than a sweeping or vacuuming and periodically a mopping with clean water. If a stain shows any resistance you can tackle it with cleansers without fearing that the tile surface will be damaged.
The disadvantages of ceramic tiles:
Hard and cold: Ceramic is extremely hard thanks to being fired in intense heat, this makes for low maintenance but it also can be uncomfortable to stand on for long periods of time. Unlike carpets of vinyl tiles, ceramic tiles cannot be dampened with a soft underlay making the choice unsuitable where people must stand for extended periods of time.
Ceramic tile does not hold heat thus the surface is cold, especially in the winter months. These issues can usually be overcome with a high quality bath mat which makes the surface both softer and warmer.
Ceramic tiles add a modern touch to most bathrooms and kitchens and they are extra easy to maintain. Ceramic tiles in Manhattan are a specialty of Italian Tile NYC.