Ceramic Tiled Conservatory Floors
Ceramic floor tiles are available unglazed and glazed. Whereas glazed tiles used to be made in a two-step process, fired once to make them and a second time to add the glaze, today more and more tiles are made in a single-step process that creates a stronger tile with a harder glaze.
There are four basic types of ceramic flooring tile:
- Glazed Ceramic tiles are very durable and lighter than natural stone flooring. They are water resistant, which means they are ideal if part of your conservatory is a kitchen area, and are very easy to maintain.
- Porcelain Tiles and are man made by compacting clay and other materials at very high pressure. This makes it the hardest man-made tile and consequently it needs no sealer or waxing to maintain and care for. Porcelain tiles can be made to copy the effect of natural stone but in a variety of colours unavailable in the natural product. Porcelain it virtually totally water resistant.
- Quarry Tiles were originally made from quarried stone, but for many years they have been manufactured from clay and are thus natural earth shades of grey, red and brown depending on the source.
- Terracotta Tiles The Arts & Crafts Movement liked terracotta as it was a handmade material, so Terracotta would be a good choice of flooring material for a Victorian or Queen Anne conservatoryVictorian or Queen Anne conservatory that is influenced by Arts & Crafts designs. Terracotta tiles are softer and thus more prone to scratching than ceramic tiles and due to the nature of the material have to be made thicker to avoid breakage. However, this means that they have excellent heat-retaining properties and are thus ideal if you are installing underfloor heating.
Ceramic tiles are inherently cold, which makes them ideal in a hot summer conservatory, but not nice to walk on in bare feet in cold weather. So you should consider either electric underfloor heating or hot water underfloor heating if you plan to use ceramic tiles in your conservatory.