The Pros and Cons of Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile has been the tile “go-to” for decades. In the mecca of all things tile, Italy, it’s second in popularity only to natural stone.

That being said, there are a few things to keep in mind about ceramic tile before you choose it for your tile installation. I’ve compiled the filing list of pros and cons to consider before choosing ceramic tile for your project:

This backsplash used a hand glazed ceramic subway tile to add a punch of color to the kitchen.

Pros:

– The price is excellent. Ceramic tile tends to be the least expensive option in the tile world.

– Endless color palette. You can find ceramic tile in virtually any color you desire.

– Lots of shapes and sizes. Granted, fun shapes will cost you a bit more. But you can find ceramic tile in squares, briques, mini-circles (called penny-rounds), hexagons, diamonds, etc.

– Easy installation. If you’re installing tile yourself (obviously, I recommend a professional), this is the easiest material to work with.

Cons:

– Depending on your project, ceramic is not always very durable. It likes to chip, and because it’s not full-bodied (meaning the color doesn’t go all the way through), they will be noticeable.

– Ceramic tile shouldn’t be used in high-traffic areas for the above reason.

This backsplash was designed with alternating ceramic tiles...an inexpensive way to add a fun pattern.

Overall, it’s a great material and can be extremely versatile. If you have any specific questions about using ceramic tile, feel free to comment, email, or call me and I’ll be happy to help you out.

-Tonino Patane’

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