Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Ceramic Tiles

Tiles Adelaide is flat, thin items, usually rectangular or square. A tile is typically a composite item of sturdy material like stone, ceramic, glass, or metal, commonly used to cover floors, ceilings, walls, or other surfaces. In general, tiles are relatively easy to install and can be designed and personalized to fit into various spaces. When purchasing ready-made tiles, the consumer has a wide selection of colours and patterns from which to choose, allowing customizing a room or house in a multitude of unique ways.

tiles AdelaideThe number and types of tiles on the market vary widely, with some tiles being more expensive than others. Still, the benefits of using a variety of tiles are well documented and appreciated. Tiles have certain advantages over other materials, though, and there are a few notable drawbacks that should be considered before making a choice.

The first obvious disadvantage of tiles is durability. Although relatively durable, Ceramic tiles can crack under certain conditions, such as heavy traffic and/or water penetration. This is primarily due to the porous structure of clay and other ceramic materials. Marble, granite, limestone, and slate are much more durable in these regards. Additionally, tiles can be more prone to stains if they’re not sealed properly and exposed to high levels of moisture and sunshine.

Ceramic tiles may also be more susceptible to mould and mildew if they are in a humid atmosphere. Cleaning them regularly and using the correct cleaning products can prevent mould and mildew buildup, though. Furthermore, tiles Adelaide made of clay can retain moisture for long periods, even when left sitting on the floor outdoors in direct sunlight, making standing barefoot on bare feet in a room with wood flooring very uncomfortable. This particular issue is easily solved using an appropriate cover and protecting the bare floors from the elements, such as excessive heat or excessive moisture.

The second disadvantage of ceramic tiles is their somewhat porous nature, making them more likely to stain than other flooring kinds. Despite the higher absorption rate of natural stone or concrete, tile stains will more often than not end up leaving permanent stains on your marble, granite, limestone, or slate flooring. In some cases, the staining will only be removed with specialized cleaners, making the investment in ceramic more costly than it initially appears.

The final major disadvantage of ceramic tile is its limited design options. Since the tiles Adelaide is mass-produced, you’re generally only able to choose between a limited range of styles, such as travertine, grout, marble, and so on. As a result, they may not be ideal for use in high-traffic areas or where you’d prefer a unique design. Finally, since the tiles are produced in a factory and then shipped to installation sites, the designs may not be consistent across the site from one installation to another. If you want a truly customized look, you’d be better off hiring a custom interior designer to work on your floor design, since the tiles are not able to be individually tailored.