Ceramic flooring is a versatile architectural resource that can be employed in a variety of environments without having to worry about the constraints of water, stains, and design. However it is a hard tile surface covering, and as such, it also has characteristics that may make it unsuitable in certain locations. A full understanding of the advantages and the drawbacks of this material will allow you to make an informed flooring decision.
Glazed ceramic flooring tiles have a protective layer that rests over the material, making them impervious to water and stain penetration. They are also naturally resistant to the ravages of high humidity conditions. These properties make them ideal for use in moist environments such as bathrooms or kitchens.
Unglazed ceramic tiles will need to be sealed in order to protect their surface from liquids. The grout lines in between ceramic tiles are also susceptible to moisture, and will need to be sealed in order to make them impervious to water which can otherwise seep down, weakening the installation and causing the growth of mold.
Ceramic flooring is fairly easy to care for. Dirt, stains, and liquids all rest on the surface, allowing you to easily wipe or mop them away. Regular maintenance just consists of sweeping or vacuuming with a soft brush attachment to keep the floor free of dirt and loose debris. If set in stains do occur you can use most heavy duty cleaners without having to worry about damaging the material.