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3 Types of Ceramic Tile Flooring You Should Know

If you’re a Do-It-Yourself homeowner, ceramic tiles may be a term you hear in your flooring choices often and it is definitely one you should consider.

This type of flooring is one of the most popular because of its durability, affordability, and available design variations.

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3 Types of Ceramic Tile Flooring You Should Know

When choosing and using ceramic tile flooring, it’s best to be familiar with different variations since installation, maintenance, and repair would all depend on the type of tiles you eventually choose.

Ceramic tile is a category of tiles that includes all rigid tiles made from earthen clays and hardened by heat.

While there are many types of ceramic tile flooring, there are 3 main types that every homeowner should familiarize themselves with.

1. Glazed

Glazed ceramic tile floorings are those that are protected by a non-porous layer of liquid glass. Typically these come in matte, semi-gloss, or high-gloss finishes.

While a high gloss finish gives you a cleaner and more finished look, one of the top concerns would be how scratches are much more visible.

Also, when you chip a glazed ceramic tile, you will find that the tile layers are of different colors making chips, scratches, and other damages more evident.

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A good tile repair kit can help eliminate these concerns for your glazed ceramic tile flooring.

The MagicEzy Tile RepairEzy has easily adjustable finishes – glossy or matte to perfectly match your glazed ceramic tile flooring.

Plus, the tile repair kit can be used on small chips, scrapes, and gouges on your tiles to make sure their durability is guaranteed.

Precise color matching is even easier with MagicEzy Tile RepairEzy. Using MagicEzy’s Tile Color System, seamlessly mix multiple colors together on a sandwich wrap.

This way you can make the most out of the wider range of styles and colors available for ceramic tile flooring without worrying about how it can be restored in the long run.

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2. Unglazed

Due to lack of coating, unglazed ceramic tile flooring is typically best in an area where you need good slip resistance.

Unglazed ceramic tiles are denser and thicker compared to their glazed counterparts making them harder and more durable.

This is why unglazed tiles are usually used for outdoor areas or places where you would expect a lot of foot traffic.

However, heavy use over time and the high-traffic impact could still wear these tiles down.

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The MagicEzy Terracotta Tile Repair Kit and MagicEzy Tile RepairEzy Deep Chip Filler paired together is the best match for holes or chips from the elements or heavy use of unglazed ceramic tile flooring.

This is because a common characteristic of unglazed ceramic tiles is their natural earthy colors and the MagicEzy Terracotta Tile Repair Kit fits just that. It comes in 3 earthy tones.

With this ceramic tile chip repair kit, you would be able to preserve the earthy aesthetic of the tile you chose on top of preventing any damage on your flooring from spreading further through its nano-technology and unique formula.

3. Porcelain

Ceramic and porcelain are often treated as interchangeable terms.

Both glazed ceramic tiles and porcelain tiles are made with clay and coated with a surface glaze that makes them similar to each other.

While it might be hard to tell them apart at first glance, the key difference is that porcelain tiles are manufactured from a finer and less porous clay.

They are also treated at a much higher temperature. As a result, porcelain tiles are more resistant to damage from extreme temperatures, frost, and moisture.

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However, porcelain tiles are harder to install on your own and are typically more expensive.

Professional tools or the hands of an experienced professional may be needed to properly place porcelain tiles into the area.

Its hardness may also make it more susceptible to cracking when there is a structural shift in the building.

For holes or cracks wider than 5mm, MagicEzy Tile Fix Deep Chip Filler can help fill in ultra-deep areas that have been damaged.

This allows for structural grade adhesion in your damaged porcelain tiles so that you can keep making the most of the hard work that went into installation.

Depending on the size of the scratch, crack, or chip its adjustable finish with a coat of MagicEzy Tile Fix or MagicEzy Tile RepairEzy.

Finishing with Tile Fix or Tile RepairEzy ensures that you make the most out of your porcelain tile’s aesthetic even after repairs are made.

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When choosing a type of ceramic tile flooring, it’s best to consider the needs of the space and the overall look that you are going for.

With a good tile repair kit in your arsenal, your mind can focus on these main deciding factors and less on future-proofing your flooring.

Since all kinds of ceramic tiles are fairly waterproof and durable unless cracked or chipped, a DIY ceramic tile chip repair kit that you can use to quickly, easily, and comfortably cover-up and prevent further damage assures you of a more long-lasting flooring.

Other routine maintenance needed for ceramic tiles are the following:

1. Applying sealants regularly for protection

2. A regular cleaning routine with your vacuum, broom, and mop

3.  Occasional deep cleaning with a heavy-duty cleaner

Make sure to keep all of these in mind when choosing and maintaining your different floor areas and you might be able to enjoy years to come of quality ceramic tile flooring for your home.

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