Ceramic tiles are a really great floor covering option if you are looking at making your home more green. Ceramic tile is made up of pretty much all natural materials, things like clay, sand, silica, talc and lime as well as many naturally occurring oxides. The only downside to tile is that they do require a great deal of energy to produce because kilns need a great deal of power to reach the temperatures needed to fire the tiles. There are however many green benefits to choosing ceramic tiles as floor covering in your home.
Some of the green benefits of ceramic tiles include:
- Ceramic tiles are completely recyclable. Ceramic tiles can be recycled, reuses and many of the ceramic tiles you can buy today do often contain recycled content.
- Ceramic tile is very durable. Bar the occasional chip or scratch, ceramic tile has an extremely long lifespan, with an end life virtually the same as stone. After all, ceramic and stone are ultimately the same thing, the difference being that stone is created through millions of years of pressure where ceramic is made made with heat.
- The installation of ceramic tiles involves concrete, cement or grout, so no VOC containing adhesives to have to deal with.
- Ceramic tiles are very low maintenance. Glazed tiles are easy to clean: sweep, mop, dry.
Ceramic tiles make excellent floor coverings for homes in warm climates, or homes with under floor heating. Tiles retain warmth in the same way that stone does, but they stay cool when you need them to too! Ceramic is classy and attractive, it is very low maintenance and depending on the style you choose, can also be quite reasonable in price.