You might have that impression already. But would you not appreciate ceramic tile flooring so much better if you had a nice little background filler to it all? Hope you appreciate this suggestion, because here it is, a brief background filler before laying that first ceramic tile. And, it does help to know precisely what ceramics entails.
Ceramics are inorganic and non-metallic solids. They are made up of metal or non-metal compounds. These compounds are shaped and hardened through heating to high temperatures. But the positive feature of these compounds are that they are hard, brittle and resistant to corrosion.
Traditional ceramics are clay based. Categories related to traditional ceramics refer to earthenware, porcelain and stoneware. Clay compositions are derived from firing temperatures in order to determine the nature of the finished product. Clay is fired at low temperatures. Emanating from these temperatures, a slightly porous and coarse product is produced initially. In order to eliminate the porosity, the fired object needs to be covered with finely ground glass powder. This powder is suspended in water.
And then a second firing process commences.
But high performance and advanced alternatives continue to be developed to counter all exterior factors, both natural and manmade. They are being developed from a wider range of inorganic and non-metal materials. More positive features in favor of utilizing ceramics entail its characteristic properties of advanced durability, hardness, strength and toughness.
Not clay based, advanced ceramics are derived from oxides, non-oxides or a combination of both. Oxides generally used include alumina and zirconia. Non-oxides include borides, carbides, nitrides and silicides.
The term ‘ceramic’ dates back to the ancient Greek era. Directly translated, it refers to pottery. But pottery in its ancient form dates back to other cultures. Bits of clay pottery was discovered in the Chinese province of Hunan, carbon dated to nearly twenty thousand years ago.
Still to this day, pottery remains loosely connoted to objects of art and domestic ware. The term has perhaps been expanded incorrectly over the years to include other materials such as glass and even cement. The use of stoneware clay offers home remodelers highly decorative possibilities. To produce the ceramic tile on this basis, the clay needs to be fired at high temperatures until it becomes glass-like or vitrified.
While the stoneware is durable, sturdy and chip-resistant, it is still not porous and it can only really be utilized for decorative purposes.
There has been much talk about high or low temperatures. Perhaps it is worthwhile closing off on this technical note. Home remodelers need to be extremely careful when selecting a batch of tiles. They need to take into account local temperatures. If they live in a region in which temperatures fluctuate in the extreme from one season to the next, they need to be even more careful. Because once the tiles are laid, there is no turning back.
Not measured out correctly, you’ll be dealing with cracks within a year or two.