Ceramic tiles – the benefits

by Ofentse Sefolo
Ceramic tiles – the benefits

When planning a residential renovation, there are a surprising number of decisions to consider. From floor-plan arrangements to the colour scheme selection, each design detail has a strong influence on the overall environment of a home. But there is one element above all that has the power to achieve a perfect balance between the aesthetics and function of a space – the surface material selection.

The materials chosen to adorn walls, floors, countertops and facades can have a powerful impact on the way one interacts with the home as well as enhances its style, wellbeing and economical status.

With these factors in mind, it is imperative to select a material that is long-lasting, hygienic, safe and cost-effective. Ceramic tiles are a high-quality product that offers all these benefits and so much more.

Heat resistant
Not all surfaces can be exposed to changes in the temperature. Those that contain plastic will lose their shape and experience dimensional changes, which creates rippling across the surface. Ceramics, on the other hand, can withstand extreme heat without problems or deformities to its format. High temperatures are intrinsic to the ceramic production process, which is fired at 1 200 degrees. This quality is maintained, making it the ideal material for both indoor and outdoor spaces, where it is exposed to strong and intense climates.

Flame retardant
Residential fires can start in several ways, and while most homeowners pay close attention to this catastrophic element, accidents do happen. It is imperative to protect one’s home with structural and surface materials that are impenetrable to fire.

Thanks to its production process and composition, ceramics is not only resistant to heat, but it is also retardant to sparks and flames and will not catch fire. Additionally, it does not transfer heat further, prohibiting the spread of a possible fire and helping to improve safety.

Scratch proof
Traditional flooring materials such as hardwood, laminate and vinyl succumb rather quickly to the wear and tear of daily activities. They can be easily cut, dented or nicked, giving them a deteriorated and worn appearance. To solve this aesthetic dilemma, the only solution is to replace the floor.

With ceramic tiles, however, this damage does not occur. Ceramics is a strong, durable material that is unfazed to scratches or signs of wear, outlasting the passage of time and household transitions.

Ceramics is a natural product which is made from clay that comes from the earth. It does not contain any harmful ingredients or harsh chemicals that can compromise a person’s health and are impervious to bacteria, which is limiting the transfer of germs.

This quality allows ceramics to become the perfect option for kitchen countertops, where the safety of food handling and meal preparation are a top priority; and for bathrooms, where cleanliness is top of mind.

Ceramics is an inert sustainable material that can easily be salvaged and integrated back into the production cycle.

Incorporating ceramic tiles into residential projects and renovations decreases a home’s carbon footprint by reducing the amount of pollution that has been created by the production of non-recyclable items, and preserves ecosystems by limiting the need for new raw materials.

No matter what one’s colour preference and style are, when making a materials selection, an important consideration beyond aesthetic appeal should be form, function, durability and purpose. Ceramic tiles offer many of the mentioned benefits and may just be the material of choice for the future.

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