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Bathroom Ceramic Tiles - Tips for Using Ceramic Custom Tile

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September 19, 2005

Bathroom ceramic tiles are a good choice because of thier durability, resistance to dampness and its ease of cleaning. Bathroom ceramic tiles can range from inexpensive to very expensive, and it is a classic choice for a bathroom.

Bathroom ceramic tiles are formed from clay, shale or porcelain, then fired at very high temperatures until it hardens. The higher the temperature and the more times the tile is fired, the harder and less porous the tile becomes. Tile for bathrooms comes in many shapes, sizes, patterns and textures. Tile shapes can be squares, rectangles, hexagons and octagons. Accent tiles are narrow-shaped and diamond-shaped pieces.

Tile can be glazed or unglazed. Unglazed bathroom ceramic tiles are simply baked pieces of clay whose colors are determined by the mineral content of the clay. These tiles are the workhorses of the industry. Generally thicker and denser than glazed tiles, they include products such as quarry tiles and porcelains. The toughness of unglazed tiles make them ideally suited (but not limited to) heavy commercial installations.

Here are tips for using ceramic tile in a bathroom:

1. Consider using unglazed bathroom ceramic tiles if you want to have the most slip-resistant surface. The rugged surface texture and matte finish of these tiles give them good slip-resistant qualities for use in wet areas. If you buy and install unglazed tiles for your bathroom floor, they will need to be cleaned frequently because they absorb oil and stains quite easily. Examples of unglazed tiles are quarry tiles, porcelain tiles and terra-cotta tiles which can be handmade or machine-made.

2. If you are using a white or cream ceramic tile for your bathroom, using a different color grout like "blue" will give your bathroom a more dramatic look.

3. Make sure you apply sealers to grout lines in areas of heavy wear, like countertops. Sealers will protect and preserve grout colors.

Bathroom Ceramic Tiles

4. For a floor surface that is virtually stainproof, use glazed bathroom ceramic tiles. Glazed bathroom ceramic tiles are made the same way as unglazed tile, but it undergoes an additional process. A glass layer is applied, then subjected to tremendous heat in a kiln. This process liquefies the glass and fuses it to the bisque. Glazes offer an unlimited array of beautiful colors, textures and designs and create a surface that is practically stainproof and very wearable. While most glazed tiles are for light residential to medium commercial traffic uses, recent technological advances produce glazed tiles that are hard and durable enough to stand up to the most demanding commercial applications.

5. To make your bathroom floor more exciting, add patterns, floor accents or small splashes of color using ceramic custom tile pieces. Or consider using large rectangular decorative sections placed in the middle of the floor. Custom ceramic tile or art tile can be found with Victorian, Mexican or Moorish styled designs and they can also be used as bathroom backsplashes, tub surrounds and in showers.

6. For countertops and backsplashes, make sure the tiles are glazed and can withstand household cleaners. And backsplashes are a great place to add decorative tile.

7. To tie it all together, pay attention to the available bathroom accessories. Towel bars, ceramic soap dishes, toothbrush/cup holders -- you'll want these to blend in well with your bathroom ceramic tile.

With all the choices that await you today, have fun as you select the styles, colors, patterns and sizes of bathroom ceramic tile and related details for your bathroom. You'll want your bathroom to be a fun, cozy room to spend time in, and bathroom ceramic tile can help create that kind of atmo

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