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Ceramic tile FAQ

Published: October 29, 2014

Ceramic tile floors are seen in homes throughout Indianapolis. And with good reason! Ceramic tile is a beautiful and versatile floor covering. Before investing in a ceramic tile floor, look to Indianapolis tile store Kermans for answers to your most common questions about ceramic tile.

Particularly popular in kitchens and bathrooms, ceramic tiles are waterproof and easy to clean. What do you need to know about this popular floor covering?

We answer three questions in this article:

  1. What is the difference between glazed and unglazed ceramic tiles?
  2. Where can I use tile in my home?
  3. How do I take care of my ceramic tile?
  4. What are different ways to use ceramic tile in my home?

1. What is the difference between glazed and unglazed ceramic tiles?

One is not necessarily better than the other but one may be a better fit for the use and traffic in your room.

Glazed: Color is added to the tile after firing. The glasslike surface is bonded to the tile. Glazing allows brighter colors to be used and adds stain resistance. Because of their slick, glassy surface, glazed tiles are used mostly on walls or countertops. Glazed tile offers more color choices than unglazed.

Unglazed: (Also called quarry tiles). The pigment or natural color is present during firing and is part of the tile itself. Unglazed tile needs sealing for stain resistance.

2. Where can I use tile in my home?

Ceramic tile is such a versatile flooring that it can be used all over the house. It is most often seen in kitchens, bathrooms and entryways because of its ability to withstand traffic and moisture. It is also beautiful in sunrooms and dining rooms. Paired with an area rug, tile also makes a creative floor for your living room.

3. How do I take care of my ceramic tile?

As with any floor, regular cleaning and wiping up spills are the most important maintenance tips for ceramic tile floors. Learn more from our tile care guide.

4. I can’t imagine tile anywhere outside my kitchen, can you show me some different ways to use ceramic tile?

We have just the inspiration you need. Tile is used in many rooms of Indianapolis homes on the floor or on the walls as a backsplash.

Check out our tile room gallery for ideas.

When you’re looking for tile in Indianapolis, be sure to check out Kermans. We offer a wide variety of tile starting with ceramic and including glass, metal and stone tiles. Stop by our showroom on the northside of Indianapolis and learn more about our selection of tile.

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