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Today trim tiles are available to cove backsplashes and front edge treatments. Installing ceramic tile countertop includes steps such as preparing the counter surface laying out the tiles applying adhesives embedding the tiles setting the edge tile setting and spacing tiles setting perimeter tiles and applying sealer and grout. Ceramic tile countertops are generally set on mortar bed or cement backer board with thin set mortar. For best results the field tile the trim and accents must be carefully selected. As they are easy to clean it is always advisable to use cement grouts and epoxy grouts. Finishes such as glazed porcelain quarry and mosaic can be applied to add to the charm of ceramic tile countertops. Ceramic tile countertops have certain downsides too. Since the grout between the tiles is light color and can harbor germs they require constant maintenance and cleaning. Ceramic tiles are prone to break and they cannot be easily repaired.
Many manufactured tiles are poorly made and will not hold up to the uses they are marketed for. Of course there are many quite excellent manufactured tiles too so you need to inquire to be sure. That information however may or not be readily available. The kind of ornamentation of the ceramic tile is important too. For a ceramic countertop or tabletop the tiles should be flat. For a backsplash the tiles can have low relief but high relief will be difficult to clean and is not generally advised. Fireplaces murals mosaics and facades can be either flat have low relief or high relief and low fire glazes are OK in these applications.
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Be careful though with areas that will get much use such as around a fireplace where logs will be placed or fireplace tools will be used. Low fire tiles and glazes can crack or chip much more easily than stoneware and high fire glazes. Also if it is an area that will require frequent cleaning high relief may prove troublesome. For ceramic walls in dry areas not subject to much physical contact most any type of tile and glaze is adequate. For wet areas flat tiles low relief tiles or even high relief tiles can be used so long as they are not in a hazardous place that a body can inadvertently come into contact with them.