By Fred Cunegonde. Tiles Flooring. Published at Saturday, September 02nd, 2017 - 18:07:01 PM.
There are a lot of similarities between ceramic tiles, and the various natural stone materials that are available. They are both hard surface flooring options which are durable, reliable and can last for years in numerous environments. The key difference is a melted glass glaze that can be applied to ceramics in order to protect them from damage and stains. This covers the natural feel of the material’s surface, replacing it with any image the manufacturers can think of, even certain types of stone.
Ceramic tile is the go-to choice when you need durable, stain-resistant, easy to clean flooring. The inherent strength of the materials means that they won’t break, crack, or chip even when handling the largest of pets. At the same time, the glazed glass layer that is manufactured over the surface makes the otherwise vulnerable fired clay material impervious to water penetration and accident stains.
Concrete is generally an inexpensive flooring choice if you are in a first story locations, however, it will need to be treated to make it suitable for a space that is frequently trafficked by animals. This requires the application of an appropriate concrete sealer, on a semi-regular basis, to clog the tiny hidden pores in the face of the floor. This protects the material from liquid penetration and stains, creating a solid clear surface that you can then scour clean as necessary.
A single major advantage of hardwood is that these floors can be refinished when spills, scratches, and scars start to pile up on the wood's surface. With many types of hardwood, you can simply sand down the wood to get a fresh start. This is not possible with ceramic tile—but then again, tile does not wear down the way wood does.
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