Ceramic Tile - All pluses with no minuses

When it comes to upgrading your home, installing ceramic tile offers just about more value for the dollar than any other upgrade. Kitchens, bathrooms, floors, porches, patios and entryways can all benefit from this surface medium. In warmer climates, tile is also installed in living rooms, dining rooms and even bedrooms on regular basis. Simply put, it is extremely versatile while for the most part very reasonably priced.

There are many advantages to laying tiles compared to other floor/wall covering on the market. One big thing going for it is the fact that it's waterproof. Let's face it, some walls in your home will get wet in certain rooms and of course, all floors, sooner or later, will get wet in every room. Tiles will protect the sub-flooring and drywall/plaster under its surface from water. You no longer have to fear junior forgetting to take off his boots on a snowy day or your wet dog running in after a rainy walk.

Another advantage of ceramic tile is the fact that it doesn't rot or oxidize. If installed correctly, it should last for years and possibly for decades. Even bathroom and kitchen tiles, that get wet on a regular basis, will last a long time since ceramics are very durable and hard. Their atoms are so close together that water, although abrasive, simply can't penetrate them in the short run. In the long run, the water would eventually get through of course but that could take centuries.

Even more versatility is evident by the fact that tiles are easy to clean. Partly because they are stain resistant. Mud and spills can be easily wiped up, and dust, dirt and crumbs, just as easily, can be swept up. You will appreciate such flexibility and utility in high-traffic areas such as your bathroom and kitchen that get particularly dirty compared to other rooms.

Ceramic tile looks beautiful, clean and very hygienic. Lay it in your kitchen or bathroom and they will look bright and shiny for years to come. Besides being easy to clean, people install tile in their homes because it looks so good. Tile can give any house a high-end, custom made look. Regardless if you desire Porcelain Stoneware, Earthenware, Catalonian floor, Stoneware or Rustic Stoneware tile to give your home that certain look, you simply won't find many flooring choices that look quite like ceramic tile. It is simply one of a kind.

Let's talk about wall covering. Although ceramic tile is most often used to cover floors, it can also make a very attractive wall covering for different parts of the kitchen and bathroom. A tile backsplash right behind the sink is a wonderful way to enhance the look and functionality of your entire kitchen. Moreover, splashing water is not a threat to the wall since the tiles will now protect it.

Similarly, you can customthe shower walls as well as all other walls of the bathroom with ceramic tiles. We've even seen countertops in both kitchens and bathrooms made from tile. They are inexpensive and come in many varieties of sizes and colors so "why not" we say. What's more, some stores even sell tile mosaics. A pattern designed specifically out of a number of different tile pieces to create a decorative ornament or an arrangement that forms a certain universal shape, recognizable by the viewer.

Finally, ceramic tile is easy to install. Watch a few videos on-line and/or go to a free seminar at your local hardware store some evening and you are ready to try it for yourself. In case you don't feel comfortable with that, you can always hire someone local to do it for you. Tile installation isn't cheap but compared to other flooring and wall coverings it's not that expensive either. Be sure to shop around and bargain for the best deals.

If adding value to your house is what you are after, we suggest you consider ceramic walls and flooring. For a small investment, tiles can raise the resale price of your home significantly. Ceramic is attractive, practical, long lasting and very easy to clean. It's ageless beauty and colorful patterns appeal to both men and women alike. In the long run, nothing beats tile as an investment in your home.