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Ceramic Floor TilesCeramic tiles are composed of clay, minerals and water that have been fired at high temperatures. These tiles can be finished with a glaze or left non glazed.
A glass glazed finish will help prevent substances from entering the pores that would otherwise cause stains. Glazed tiles generally more fragile, and thus should not be installed in high foot traffic areas.
Non glazed ceramic tiles tend to have rich colour all the way through. It is recommended to treat this tiles with a product to help resist stains.
Natural Stone Floor TilesNatural stone or natural rock tiles can be stained by spilled liquids. They must periodically be sealed and resealed with a sealant in contrast to tiles that are ceramic only need their grout lines sealed. However, because of their complex patterns, small amounts of dirt will rarely show.
Rock tiles can be beautiful but as a product that is natural are less uniform in color and pattern, and require more planning for installation and use. Mass produced factory stone tiles are uniform in width and length. Granite or marble tiles are cut on both relative sides and then polished or finished on the surface that is top that they have a uniform thickness. Other stone that is natural such as slate are split on the surface at the top. The thickness of the tile varies slightly from one spot on the tile to another and from one tile to another. Variations in tile thickness can be handled by adjusting the amount of mortar under each part of the tile, by using grout that is wide that "ramp" between different thicknesses, or by using a chisel that is cold knock off high spots.
Some natural stone tiles can have a smooth finish, and therefore can be slippery. The surface can be re finished with sand or scuffing to create more traction and prevent slipping. Smaller tiles can be installed so that the grout between the tiles acts as a form of traction..
The hardness of natural rock tiles varies such that some of the softer rock tiles are not suitable to areas with heavy foot traffic. On the other hand, ceramic tiles typically have a surface that is glazed is upper when that becomes scratched or pitted the floor looks worn, whereas the same amount of wear on natural stone tiles will not show, or will be less noticeable.