Ceramic tile flooring is one of the most appealing and versatile flooring options available. With a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and colours, if you can dream it up, a ceramic tile installer can likely do it. If ceramic is on your mind for your next round of renovations, you need to know exactly what you’re getting into. Check out our list of the pros and cons of ceramic tile flooring.
The first thing to know about ceramic tile is that it’s very durable. Ceramic as a material is strong meaning that once you have it installed, you can expect it to last for years to come. Part of its durability comes from it being impervious to water and stains. Because most ceramic tiles are glazed, if a liquid is dropped on it, it does not penetrate and cause stains in the material. Another advantage of the glaze is that the ceramic doesn’t hold on to dirt, dust, pollen, or other allergens meaning that it’s non-allergenic, a huge benefit to those who suffer from allergies.
Now, on the con side, as beautiful and durable as ceramic tile can be, it is a very hard surface, meaning that it can be hard to walk on and can hurt your feet. Another quality of ceramic is that it absorbs cold, meaning that your feet can get a shock first thing in the morning if you don’t have in-floor heating. Ceramic as a material is also very heavy, and can be difficult and time-consuming to install if a difficult pattern is chosen. If you don’t mind the budget needed, be sure you really love the pattern chosen, as it can be expensive to replace.