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Ceramic Tile

What are the Pro's and Con's of Ceramic Tile Flooring?

Ceramic tile floor covering has been used for centuries, and it is a great option when it comes to choosing the best flooring option for your commercial space. There are so many added benefits that go along with installing ceramic flooring tiles in your custom home.

Water Resistance:

When you choose glazed ceramic flooring tiles, you are getting the bonus of a protective layer that sits on the material, which will make it impenetrable to water and stains. Glazed tiles are also very water resistant to high humidity conditions, something that is especially beneficial for business owners located in Florida or areas more prone to high humidity. These properties make glazed ceramic tiles ideal for moist environment, such as bathrooms and kitchens.

If you go with an unglazed ceramic flooring tile, be advised that they need to be sealed if you want to protect its surface from liquids. Sealing the grout lines as well to keep any moisture out to prevent potential mold.


Ceramic flooring is very tough, and the tiles are difficult to crack. If installed properly, ceramic flooring can last 10-20 years and longer if maintained. However, if a single tile does crack due to heavy impact, its simple to replace.

Easy Maintenance:

Caring for ceramic flooring is easy. As HTC, we know that dirt, stains, and liquids rest on just the surface of the ceramic tile, which will allow you to easily wipe them up. There is some regular maintenance required like sweeping or vacuuming.

No Allergy Concerns:

 Due to the hard surface of ceramic tiles, it tends to not attract dirt, dust, animal hair, or pollens. This helps keep the air free of irritating materials to those that suffer from allergies.

Disadvantages of ceramic flooring tiles:

Along with advantages come a few disadvantages of ceramic flooring tiles.

Harder Surface:

Ceramic flooring is extremely hard. While this makes it easier to clean and maintain, it can also make it uncomfortable to stand on. This material, unlike resilient floors, can’t be softened using padded underlayment’s, which means it might not be suitable choice for some environments. However, the hardness of ceramic can be offset by using throw rugs or area rugs in places people tend to stand for a lengthy period, such as in front of the kitchen sink.

Ceramic is a cold material:

Ceramic flooring, unfortunately, does not hold on to heat very well. When it gets chiller in the winter, it can be uncomfortable to walk on. Also, on a hot summer day the flooring will be warmer than usual.

Heavier Weight:

Ceramic tiles can be very heavy, which means that in some cases, it might not be an appropriate choice for upper story installations. If you do choose to install ceramic flooring on the higher levels, we recommend having a qualified professional check the integrity of the structure to make that you are not putting extra stress on it.