Terracotta is a ceramic material that has been used for building construction and decorative arts since ancient times in cultures around the world. Terracotta, which literally means "baked earth," is made from natural clay, which gives it a characteristic reddish-brown color. The color varies slightly depending on the clay used. Terracotta is hard-baked, brownish red earthen ware, often glazed and colored may be glazed for extra durability or to provide color. Usually hand-made and varies in color, texture and appearance. The colors range from natural earthtones such as gray and brownish yellow to various shades of red. It is a waterproof and very sturdy material.
When used indoors, terra cotta tile floors can be left raw, but more often, terra cotta is finished with a top coat sealer. Some terra-cotta tiles are purported to be waterproof. To the contrary, all raw clay tiles are like sponges when it comes to soaking up water.
Terracotta may come prefinished or require application of various types of sealers or coatings on site to provide a wearing surface. May crumble or show wear quickly unless sealed and laid on water proof layer. Terra Cotta should never be installed in a high-traffic area, and should never be cleaned at pressures above 1100 PSI and then only if the grout is in good condition.
If you are looking for a time tested and versatile material, Terracotta tiles are an excellent choice. They are made from clay, and they have been in use for many years.
One of the more popular uses for Terracotta is for flooring tiles and paving stones. These can be hand made, and they come in a lovely soft reddish brown color that reminds you of the Southwest. They create an antiquated and warm look to every area where they are installed. These are also quite cost effective tiles, and if you seal them, they make great outdoor tiles. Terracotta is often the first choice of municipalities, businesses and homeowners to made lovely walkways, patios, living areas, bathrooms and kitchens.
Terra Cotta can be a little bit tricky to install properly, since it is rather fragile and has a rough texture. If it isn't installed correctly, the tiles will not even last for long after the installation, let alone last a lifetime, as it can if it is properly installed. If you want your tiles to look good for the longest time, you must get it done by a professional.
There are many different types of ceramic tiles that you can use for garden and home, but Terracotta may be the most widely used outdoors. The word Terracotta means "baked earth" in the Italian language, and it usually refers to rustic tiles that are colored in natural, earthy, warm tones. There are many types of Terracotta, including unglazed and glazed tiles, and they all have characteristics that are slightly different from each other.
Terracotta made in machines is also known as quarry tile, and these tend to be more durable and harder. They can be found in unglazed or glazed forms and in many sizes and shapes. Most glazed Terracotta tiles will show off a smooth surface, and they will resist stains beautifully, although a surface that is overly-smooth may be too slippery to walk on when they are wet.
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