Ceramic and porcelain could be all the flooring you need

 
Not all flooring materials are as easily installed throughout your entire home the way that ceramic and porcelain tiles are. These options are just as perfect for bedrooms and living rooms as they are for bathrooms and kitchens.

The benefits are so extensive, each room stands to gain something entirely different while remaining in the same product line. You’ll also get a great lifespan, with easy cleanup and maintenance. Perfect for both busy and laid-back households, you won’t want to pass by without considering your options.
 

When you need help, we’re here for you

 
At JK Carpets, we intend to make sure our customers get exactly what they want and need in flooring. Our associates help you consider all your preferences and requirements and lead you to the perfect match for both.

If you'd like to get your flooring project started with a trusted ceramic and porcelain flooring retailer, visit our showroom in Locust Grove, VA. We’ll work just as hard for you as we do for the areas of Locust Grover, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Culpeper, and Orange. We look forward to assisting you.
 
 
 
 

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Popularity of ceramic & porcelain tile

 
One of the reasons tile has become so popular is that it is offered in a lot of natural finishes that are not as slick as the old style ceramic tile you would find in bathrooms in the 50s or 60s. There are many varieties that can be used for bathroom tile and for places like your kitchen. Mosaic tile, glass tile, marble, granite and decorative tile are among the many choices today. The finishes today give your feet much better traction and yet are still easily cleaned and will last virtually forever. The stone look is one of the more popular ceramic tiles today. It looks like stone, costs less than stone, yet lasts equally long because it’s ceramic. People are adding tile to their kitchens, utility rooms, screened porches, foyers and other spaces because of its lasting value. Another reason tile flooring has become more popular in recent years is that manufacturers have improved the grout that goes between the tiles that used to be a chore to clean. Special additives can be put in the grout that makes it easier to clean and less likely to form mold that needs to be cleaned in the first place. The result is that ceramic tile is very easy to maintain.
 

Ceramic tile installation: what to expect

 
The correct subfloor structure is critical to performance. Ceramic tile, more than any other form of flooring, requires the proper subfloor system and setting materials. A double subfloor system with the total thickness of 1-1/4 in., over floor joists 16 in. on center is required. The top subfloor layer should be exterior grade plywood or an underlayment specifically designed for floor tile installation like cementous backerboard. Special setting materials are available which will allow ceramic tile installations over existing floors that are solid and already meet the above requirements. Failure to provide a sturdy base can cause grout to crack and release or tile to crack. The quality of raw materials, the firing process, and the sophistication of glazing applications that create realism will determine the quality of the finished product. These quality differences are often reflected in the price.
 
 
 
Tile from Locust Grove, VA from JK Carpets
 
 

What you can do with ceramic and porcelain tiles

 
As soon as most homeowners hear about these materials, their minds immediately go to installation in kitchens and bathrooms, and rightly so. You'll get amazing water resistance with these floors in place. They protect against spills, moisture, humidity, and dampness, as well as resisting stains, mold, mildew, and bacteria growth. That makes them a wonderfully hygienic material with which to floor your most important spaces. The materials can also be utilized for countertops, backsplashes, and can even be installed inside your shower enclosure, making a gorgeous décor look even better. Ceramic and porcelain are very dense, hard, and have a lifespan that can easily reach 50 years with proper care and maintenance. They offer excellent durability and you’ll see great protection against scratches, scuffs, chips, and cracks. At the same time, you’ll find that you can decorate in endless ways with these materials. Available in various sizes, colors, and glaze options, you can even create beautiful mosaics that will be the conversation starter you’ve always wanted in place. Be sure you do not attempt a do-it-yourself installation of these materials. Since the products are so dense and hard, they’re easy to break. With professional installation, the job is always done right and you only pay for the materials used on your floors.