Ceramic tile flooring and counter tops are quite popular, thanks to the material's versatility and durability.
We don't see ceramic floors in Minnesota as much as they do in Texas, Arizona, California and other warm climates because ceramic tiles maintain a cool-to-the-touch characteristic; not something we need in Minnesota most of the time. However, the durability and affordability of ceramic tile are so appealing that more northern homes are beginning to lay ceramic tile floors; using area rugs to warm them up in the winter months.
Because ceramic tile floors can outlast the life of a house they are certainly more affordable in the long term than, say, carpet, which needs to be replaced after time. For the most part ceramic floors are very low maintenance as well. With the right cleaning products they rarely require any extra-ordinary care.
They are not, however, indestructible. Occasionally a corner may chip off or a sharp object dropped just right may "pit" the tile. There are plenty of "how to" articles online if you want to tackle this repair yourself, but if you don't have experience with this type of work, you'll likely be disappointed with the amateur looking outcome of what seems like it should be a fairly simple repair.
Another option is replacing the damaged tiles instead of repairing them, but again, what seems like it should be a fairly simple home repair project can be a little more than a homeowner may want to take on.
The same goes for removing old grout and re-grouting your ceramic floor or counter tops. In addition to being a very detailed task, it is also "back-breaking" work; especially when it's a floor.
REPLACE GROUT BETWEEN CERAMIC TILES FOR A NEW LOOK
Because ceramic tile lasts so long, some homeowners replace the tile because they're tired of the way it looks more-so than the tile is no longer functional. A more affordable solution is to replace the grout between the ceramic tiles with a different color grout. Generally speaking every tile color has several grout colors that complement it. The grout color you selected when you first had it laid can be replaced with a new grout color, giving the tile an entirely fresh look.
CERAMIC TILE COUNTER TOPS ARE "IN" AGAIN
They were all the rage in the 70s and 80s, fell out of favor in the 90s and early 2000's, but ceramic counter tops are back in vogue again. Not the old, small 4 x 4 square porcelain tiles your mom (or grandma) had, but sleek, high fashion tiles.
Today there's so much variety in color, shape and size of ceramic tiles that a highly customized kitchen is affordable now.
Other pros for installing ceramic tile for kitchen counters is that the tiles are heat resistant, so you can put hot pots and pans directly on the counter top without causing damage. Counter tops made of tile are also more scratch and stain resistant than butcher block or soapstone; the materials thave has been popular for the past couple of decades.
Whether you need a tile repaired, your grout cleaned or replaced or you want an entirely new ceramic counter top kitchen or floor, give us a call. Our ceramic tile experts will deliver the quality your looking for.
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