Thursday, January 14, 2010

Brick Flooring a Unique & Interesting Alternative

brick flooring in kitchenAre you looking for an exceptional and appealing flooring that will withstand just about anything, doesn't show dirt, and is amazingly easy to clean and maintain?

If you haven't considered brick, then maybe it's time to do so. If you've ever had the fortunate experience of entering an older home that exudes the warm and comfortable feel that comes from a mix of textures and "different" materials, you've discovered - even if unconsciously - the secret of its charm.

Brick offers just such an unexpected, yet appealing, quality that homeowners who have installed it wonder why they didn't do so years earlier. Usually thought of as an exterior building product, these brick-flooring converts have found that, in addition to good looks, it also offers the resilience and permanence ideally suited for the heavy daily traffic of many busy families.

In use as a dependable and attractive building material, bricks have been around since antiquity. As the primary material in roads, walls, floors, and innumerable other manmade projects, bricks have stood the test of time. Even today, in many vintage country homesteads from hundreds of years ago, it's often only the brick floor that still remains.

A Few Facts About Brick Tile

Created by a combination of fine-ground clays, shale, and other raw materials, the hard surface of a block of brick is obtained from high-temperature kiln firings after it has been pressed and cut. These thin brick tiles subsequently feature the beauty and strength of traditional bricks with the convenience and ease of installation offered by other tile products.

Because of their porosity, chemical sealants are commonly added to interior brick flooring tiles to make them easy to clean. Most manufacturers recommend additional sealer to be applied after installation for continued ease of maintenance.

Bricks, like any other type of flooring material, come in varying degrees of quality depending upon how they are made. Low-quality bricks are more porous, crumble easier, and are softer than higher-quality brick, which makes them prone to chipping and cracking. When shopping for good brick tiles that will last a lifetime (or longer), look for those with a hardness rating (MOH: measurement of hardness) of somewhere around five or six.

Grout & Sealer

Like other types of tiles, brick is installed using grout and a sealer. Because of this, although brick is virtually indestructible, it does still need to be periodically re-grouted and re-sealed, again, similar to ceramic or clay tile.

Other than this chore, which only needs to be performed every several years (depending on the amount and type of traffic it has endured), maintaining brick consists of occasional sweeping (or vacuuming) and mopping to keep it looking as rustically beautifully as the day it was installed.

So if you're looking for something different, something that will make your home stand out from the crowd yet retain the tasteful warmth found in quality-built homes of yesteryear, consider brick flooring. It's sure to be a winner with your family, friends, and with the person most important to the decision: you.

This article was taken directly from Online Tips (http://www.onlinetips.org/brick-flooring). Also, please visit my websites at www.americarpetfloors.com and www.stylishrugs.com for all your flooring needs.

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