Ceramic Tile Countertops

Cost and Quality Considerations

Ceramic tile countertops

Ceramic tile countertops are ideal for people with a unique sense of style, who want their kitchen to be an original artistic expression that matches their personality.

Because there are literally thousands of different ceramic tile designs on the market, the opportunity to express one’s self is greater than with any other kitchen countertop surface.

However, because installing a ceramic tile countertop is more labor intensive than most other types of countertop, it is also more expensive. Ceramic countertop tiles also vary greatly in both cost and quality. For example, imported, hand-painted or antique tiles can have a stunning visual impact in your kitchen, but have just as much of an impact on your wallet! Generally speaking, the more detailed and original the artwork on the tile is, the better the quality of the tile itself and the more you will pay for it. Therefore, fuzzy, unclear or spotty tiles should generally be avoided as they will be of inferior quality.

Ceramic countertop tiles are constructed in a simple, but time-honored way. The body, or bisque, of the tile is made from clay. The top surface design of the tile is made of colored glass. These two layers are fused together during the extreme heat of the firing process to make a tough and durable tile. Good quality ceramic kitchen tiles are waterproof and will resist burns, stains and scratches. But it is important to realize that the grout which affixes the tiles to the kitchen countertop needs to be properly sealed, or water will seep through into the tiles and cause damage.

Make sure to buy ceramic tiles created specifically to cope with the needs of kitchen workspace use. Countertop ceramic tiles are built stronger than wall or floor tiles to resist the heat and pressure they are subjected to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home | Legal | Contact Us | Advertise with Us | Site Map | Privacy ©Guide4Home

Interior Decorating

Fixtures and Fittings
Countertops
Guide to Countertops
Solid Surface Solid Surface
Types
Kitchen
Bathroom
Butcher Block
Ceramic Tile Countertops
Concrete
Copper
Granite
Granite Tile
Laminate
Limestone
Marble
Quartz
Slate Slate
Soapstone Soapstone
Stainless Steel Stainless Steel
Stone Stone
Tile Tile
Wood Wood
DIY Help
Cement Cement
Installing Installing
Cleaning Granite Cleaning Granite
Painting Painting
Tiling Tiling
Brands
Formica Formica
Corian Corian
Cambria Cambria
Silestone Silestone
Zodiaq Zodiaq
Guide4Home Feature Articles
Silestone Introduction
Silestone Product Overview Silestone Product Overview
Reasons why to use Silestone Reasons why to use Silestone
Silestone Leather with Microban Silestone Leather with Microban
Sensa by Cosentino Sensa by Cosentino
Building with Quartz Building with Quartz

 

Back to: Decorating Home Page