Commercial Ceramic Tile Flooring
Thursday February 26, 2009
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When installing in a commercial area (e.g. department store) you want to make sure that the ceramic tile flooring you choose can hold up well to heavy foot traffic. Overall, ceramic tiles tend to be one of the hardest and most durable tile types available. Additional features that make ceramic tile flooring popular for commercial areas include its ease of cleaning, moisture resistance and virtually limitless design and color options.
Commercial ceramic tile flooring can be very expensive depending on the size of the installation area. It's important that you install a tile floor that will last for a long time. Ceramic tiles are extremely strong as they are fired in a kiln at temperatures up to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. They can be either single or double fired. Double-fired ceramic tiles are fired in the kiln twice, resulting in a denser and more durable tile.
Ceramic tile flooring can also be glazed or unglazed. Glazed ceramic tiles are almost always double-fired and are topped off with a layer of liquefied glass. They can also be textured to increase slip resistance. When installing commercial ceramic tile flooring it's a good idea to have them textured to reduce falls (as a result of a slippery surface). One of the only drawbacks to glazed tiles is that typically the color is only on the surface on the tile. You've probably seen a chipped glazed tile, where the white body of the tile shows underneath. The color on unglazed tiles is applied throughout, helping to disguise nicks and dings.
Ceramic tiles can be square, octagon-shaped and rectangular. They also come in a wide range of colors. A number of manufacturers even allow customers to customize tile color, shape and design patterns to perfectly suit their home décor and personal taste.
Businesses that are looking to go green will be happy to know that they can now choose commercial ceramic tile flooring that's also eco-friendly. In fact, ceramic tiles can be manufactured with up to 70% recycled content (e.g. car windshields; glass bottles). These recycled ceramic tiles are not only as dense and durable as new ceramic tiles, they can also be much more affordable.
Find more information on commercial ceramic and other tile floor types in FindAnyFloor.com's tile flooring section.
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I am in the process of choosing a flooring option for my restaurant. Installing the double fired ceramic tiles in a rustic bronzed type of color would be great. It would not only look great and fit in with the ambiance of the italian themed restaurant it would be durable from all the foot traffic as well (here's hoping I get customers). Thanks for the article . It makes it a little easier to pick a type of floor with some help since I'm the Chef. I know food not floors. Thanks again