Terracotta tiles are a hard surface flooring material consisting of red or earthy-coloured clay. Terracotta is a form of ceramic, providing a sturdy and durable floor. Take a trip around the Mediterranean region, and you’ll notice hundreds of Tuscan-style homes with terracotta roof tiling.
However, roofs are not the only application for terracotta tiles, and many tiling manufactures offer flooring consisting of this ceramic material. Manufacturers excavate clay from the ground, then shape it in a mould before letting it dry in the sun.
After moulding, the tiles bake in a kiln at high temperatures to remove air pockets. The final result after firing is a tile with excellent strength and durability, suitable for a multitude of uses in and around the home.
Terracotta tiles are very similar to ceramics in the sense that they are porous and susceptible to staining if left unsealed. Sealing the flooring adds additional strength while protecting the tiles from water and other liquids that could stain the tiles.
More homes across the UK are changing from traditional ceramics to terracotta flooring due to the attractive nature of the tiles, and the visual effect they provide the home.
Terracotta is a mid-range price point for tiling, with less expensive variants costing around £33/m2, while the more costly tiles will run you £48.88/m2. When we compare terracotta to ceramics, there is a 10 to 30-per cent increase in costs, and if you want to seal the tiles, then you can expect to pay more for professional installation and sealing.
While terracotta ids by no means a cheap material, its more affordable than most natural stone products, like limestone and sandstone. Terracotta also offers a visual aspect that many people confuse with natural stone.
Terracotta tiles consist of clay fired to high temperatures to improve its properties of strength and durability. However, ceramics also include lay – So, what is the difference between these tiles?
Terracotta is suitable for applications in and around the home. We’ve already discussed the way Mediterranean homes use terracotta roofing, but its ideal for outdoor tiling as well. We love the look of a terra cotta patio, with the clean, earthy-red colour, and slightly rough texture.
However, it’s important to note that terracotta is a somewhat porous material, similar to ceramic. As a result, the tiles may absorb moisture, reducing their structural integrity. It’s for this reason that we recommend you seal terracotta tiles for outdoor use.
After sealing, terracotta tiles can withstand any abuse the environment throws at them, making them a suitable tiling solution for use around the pool and water features.
Most terracotta tiles come in a raw and untreated format. If you’re using terracotta for walling, then you don’t have to worry about sealing the tiles. However, if you intend to use terracotta tiles for interior flooring, we recommend you treat and seal the tiles after installation. Sealing improves water-resistance while preventing excessive wear in high-traffic areas of your home.
Here is a brief guide on how to treat and seal your terracotta tiles.
It’s entirely possible to paint terracotta tiles.
However, the primary reason why people purchase terracotta tiles is for its pleasing natural aesthetic. If you want to pain terracotta, you are wasting your money and should look into buying a cheaper type of flooring to minimize your costs.
To clean terracotta tiles, we recommend that you use a 25-per cent solution of stone floor cleaner available from Atlas Ceramics, along with 4-litres of warm water. Clean the floor using a sponge mop, and dry the floor using a towel or rag.
We don’t like using steam cleaners to wash out terracotta tiles. While steam cleaning is very effective at removing dirt and grime from your flooring, it also damages the sealant.
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