Ceramic Flooring Buying Guide: Everything You Should Know

Looking to refresh the style of a room? Ceramic flooring is a versatile choice well worth the investment. Learn more about this durable and appealing flooring type.

Ceramic Flooring: What to Consider
Price
Ceramic flooring is moderately priced—neither the most affordable nor the most expensive.
Installation
Ceramic flooring installation is on the more difficult side.
Maintenance
Ceramic floors offer easy maintenance and care.
Durability
Ceramic flooring offers good durability.
Water Resistance
Ceramic floors are highly water resistant.
Advantages and Disadvantages
Ceramic flooring comes with a wide range of benefits and a few drawbacks as well.

Ceramic Floor Advantages

  • A variety of available colours and textures
  • Great for use in the kitchen, laundry room, and bathroom
  • Good durability and easy maintenance
  • Ideal for heated floor installation
  • High water and humidity resistance

Ceramic Floor Disadvantages

  • Costlier option
  • More difficult installation
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Pro tip

Though suitable for the bathroom, ceramic tiles can also be slippery when wet. Non-slip floor tile alternatives that are also water resistant include slate and soft granite.
Types, sizes, grouts
  • 1Consider the type of ceramic
    Ceramic is available in three different types: earthenware, processed natural stone, and porcelain. The tile thickness of each has an important impact on the longevity of the flooring. For example, while natural stone is quite porous, porcelain tile is highly waterproof and resistant. Ceramic tiles that imitate wood or slate tend to fall between the two in terms of permeability and maintenance.
  • 2Decide on a tile size
    The size of ceramic tile has an impact both on how it functions and how it looks. Large tiles can make a room seem bigger and more spacious. On the other hand, smaller tiles have multiple joints, which is excellent for creating a non-slip surface in the bathroom.
  • 3Pick the right grout
    The flooring surface and the installation type will determine the correct type of grout to use for the joints between the ceramic tiles.
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Pro tip

Make sure to have additional tiles on hand during a ceramic floor installation in case of accidental breakage. Setting aside some extra tiles for future repairs is also a good idea. In general, aim to have about 10% more tiles than the project requires.

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