Ceramic Floor Tiles Through the Years

Bright colors, unique shapes, and intricate designs are the cornerstones found throughout the history of ceramic floor tiles. Archeological discoveries have found ceramic floor tiles still in the pristine condition that was present when they were first fired and installed in family homes. The tiles at that time were used in every area where visitors might visit just as they are today.

More structured elements were added to the composition of ceramic floor tiles as their use extended to all levels of society and it was necessary to maintain a quality standard for each tile produced. Prior to this time there were very few ceramic floor tile makers and the methods for creating the tiles was not recorded. Until mass production was introduced many of the styles and designs that are available today were not affordable for an average family. Today’s ceramic floor tiles have seen a resurgence of artist designs seen throughout history and tiles have again assumed their place within the art community in many locations.

Most ceramic tiles are created with an eye toward the dramatic. They are produced in an array of colors and designs which range from bright and bold primary colors to muted neutral tones. Specialists in ceramic tile once again address each project as a creation of usable art by the individual requesting it striving to reflect a distinct disign and character. With the introduction of laser technology these unique tiles can be mass produced at an affordable price and can been seen in every style of home.

The decorative styles of minimalism and urban chic require that ceramic tiles be in neutral colors that provide a continuous flow from floor to ceiling in kitchens. While the tiles used may be different for the floor and wall, they must provide the textural landscape that provides the illusion of movement. In addition, the tiles must be capable of withstanding the constant flow of traffic that is in a kitchen area as well as resilience when heavy objects fall on it.

Ceramic floor tiles receive ratings that indicate their ability to resist moisture and foot traffic. Choosing tile includes consideration of the rating of the tile and the amount of use that will be taking place in the area in which it is placed. For instance, a patio area would require a ceramic tile with a rating of 4 which indicates that it is the most durable floor tile available and will withstand heavy traffic and use.

A rating of 1 indicates that the tile is very delicate and should not be used in areas where there is any traffic at all. These tiles are very porous and are used primarily for decorative areas on the floors of homes. The more delicate ceramic tile is what is used most often by artisans to create floor tile mosiacs which, when glued together on a floor, create a beautiful artistic pattern that is to be admired by visitors.

In bathrooms today the practice of using floor tiles from floor to ceiling throughout the bathroom is growing in popularity. Class 2 ceramic floor tiles are especially designed for bathroom use and are not appropriate for heavy foot traffic. These tiles are not as porous as many of the ceramic tiles made and are not damaged by the steam produced in many bathrooms. They require care when cleaning because they are covered with a sealing substance which will scratch off if cleaned with the wrong product.

A heavier tile with a rating of 3 or 4 which is specifically designed for moderate to heavy traffic provides the perfect floor for a bathroom or kitchen that is used constantly. These tiles are designed to compliment the more delicate floor tiles and give the illusion of a seamless enclosure in a bathroom. The cost of the higher rated ceramic tile makes enclosure a bathroom in tile much more affordable and the need to replace broken tiles is reduced considerably.

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