What are ceramic tiles?

Ceramic tiles are little more than flat slabs of material that are applicable for a large number of applications including shower enclosures, kitchen and bathroom flooring, kitchen worktops, bathroom vanity tops and walls. Ceramic tiles in Wiltshire are made from porcelain or earthenware. Not only are there a myriad of uses there is also a number of unique shapes from terra-cotta style roofing tiles to decorative, hand painted tiles that are used in the home.

Ceramic tiles are available from many DIY centres as well as specialty stores dealing exclusively in tiles and home d├ęcor. Ceramic tiles are available in various sizes and shapes; they are available in squares, rectangles and even octagons and triangles and they came in different thicknesses for different applications. Ceramic tiles in Wiltshire that are destined to be used as a floor are considerably thicker than those designs which will be mounted to a wall. Many stores that feature tiles are in a position to special order for those customers who wish to have a specific design or colour.

Ceramic tiles are commonly used for flooring, especially in areas which are subject to spills and water such as the kitchen and bathroom. There are distinct advantages to tile floors, they are very durable, easy to clean and pleasing to the eye.

Ceramic tiles are not just used for floors; they are ideal for lining a shower stall, swimming pools, countertops and decorative accents such as fire place surrounds. Because these tiles have so many creative uses when you are buying them you are advised to check that the tiles you want are applicable for the use you have in mind. Some tiles that are not glazed have different uses to those which are glazed; there are other tiles that have certain features such as a ribbed reverse side which makes installation on certain surfaces easier.

Ceramic tiles are not difficult to install but there are some things that should be taken into consideration. The surface on which the tiles are to be laid must be flat otherwise the tile edges will not be uniform in height. The spacing that is left between tiles must be uniform; this is not difficult as there are spacers available that maintain this gap as the tiles are being laid. There is less chance of irregular spaces if the tiles are large. As there will be variations in the tiles it is always best to select the tiles at random from different boxes, avoid using one box completely and then the next box, etc.

MP Tiles provides a range of high quality tiles, for those looking to revamp their home on their own. Have a look at their website for more information of what is available.

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