I've heard that tile is pretty much maintenance free. Is this true?
Compared to other products, you may find that tile and grout require less maintenance than other floors, but it is not maintenance free. Grout should be sealed and caulking needs to be maintained to prevent deterioration of the backer board.
Can I have ceramic tile installed directly over my vinyl floor?
We generally recommend that the underlayment be removed because the subfloor may mot be adequate to support tile; however if your existing vinyl floor was installed over an adequate subfloor using a full spread installation method then yes, it can be done if you use the proper installation products.
How long will a ceramic tile floor last? How about my ceramic shower?
If your tile floor is properly maintained, you can expect it to last 20 years or more. You will greatly enhance the life of your tile floors or walls by using a properly installed cement backer board. Properly maintained tile walls installed over a cement backer board can also last 20 or more years.
I’ve been told that tile is slippery when it gets wet. Is this true?
There are many types of tiles to choose from that provide a high slip coefficient. Keep in mind, the higher the slip coefficient, the more difficult the tile is to clean. Most tiles today offer a nice balance between ease of maintenance and safety.
I have an unheated porch. Can I have ceramic tile installed out there?
Yes you can as long as you use a product that’s freeze/thaw stable. Keep in mind slip resistance as well.
I have a radiant heat floor. Can I install ceramic tile directly over it?
Depending upon the type of system you have, it is usually possible to install ceramic over radiant heat floors. Some applications will require a membrane in between the tile and subfloor. Ask your contractor what is best for you.
I’ve been told that ceramic tile is too cold and uncomfortable because it’s so hard. Should I consider another floor that’s more comfortable?
One of the rubs against ceramic tile is that it is cold and hard. There are floor heating systems available to make your floor more comfortable to the touch, but in terms of hardness, yes, ceramic is much like hardwood in that it doesn’t have much give. If you want something that has more cushion to it, perhaps you should consider a floating floor.
I have little kids and I’m worried that they might drop something and damage a tile. Is ceramic the right choice for me?
The good news about ceramic tile is that in the event a piece is damaged it can be extracted and replaced without being an obvious repair.