Tile Size and Selection PART 2
Porcelain tile is right at home, outdoors.
Porcelain tile is a versatile product, with many styles designed for today’s popular outdoor living areas.
Outdoor tile typically features non-skid finishes designed for safety when wet, sometimes installed on patios, walkways, or around pools.
Another important characteristic of porcelain tile designed for outdoor applications is its resistance to frost.
It’s a cold, hard fact. Tile manufactured for outdoor use has very low water absorption, minimizing the cracking, chipping and other effects of expansion when the temperature falls below freezing.
Know this about ceramic customization.
In addition to ceramic tile styles, manufacturers also offer decorative inserts, medallions and mosaics that are used to create intricate patterns and beautiful borders.
Tile size 2”x2” and smaller are usually referred to as mosaics and are often used with different colors to create a pattern or decorative inset.
Some of these smaller tiles also come in different shapes, such as hexagon, so feel free to let your imagination run free.
Patterned borders made up of different size tiles or different colors can create beautiful looks.
Simple variations in color, shape or size can be patterned within a room, or across several adjoining rooms.
When creating a pattern with different tiles, you should know that the more prominent tile that is throughout the largest areas is called the “field tile”.
Combining styles and patterns of ceramic tile flooring with countertop and wall products can also create beautiful designs, and give your room an aesthetic balance.
Floor and wall tiles may be designed to look similar, but floor tiles are generally thicker and are textured to make them safer to walk on.
Wall tile styles are typically designed to have higher gloss, and are manufactured in smaller sizes.
What you need to understand about grout.
Grout is a type of cement that is used to fill the space and provide support in tile joints.
There are two types of grout commonly used in home installations; Portland cement based, and epoxy based.
Both of these grout compounds may have sand added to provide additional strength to the tile joint.
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