If you’re choosing a surface material for your next home renovation project, here are five healthy reasons that you should consider ceramic tile.

1. Healthy indoor air

Did you know that everything you put in your space impacts the quality of the air you breathe? That’s right, including your floors, walls and every other surface in your home or place of work. Ceramic tile is made of naturally occurring ingredients, fused together when fired at thousands of degrees during manufacturing, resulting in a final product which is inherently inorganic and fully inert. This means that surfaces covered in ceramic tile don’t emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs). You’ve heard of VOCs – they’re the tagalongs no one wants, like formaldehyde, which sometime come along for the ride with other floor and wall coverings. With ceramic tile, you’re home free (of VOCs).

2. Hypoallergenic

You probably know someone who replaced their flooring with ceramic tile for health reasons.  Ceramic tile’s hard surfaces don’t give allergens a place to hide, and it’s easily cleaned with a broom or light water. That means no dust mites, no pet dander, no pollen, and none of the chemical allergens common to other floorings. Ceramic tile will help you breathe easy.

3. Mold and mildew resistant  

Mold and mildew need food and water to grow. Of all the popular floor and wall coverings today, only ceramic tile is inhospitable to mold and mildew. This is because ceramic tile is made of inorganic ingredients that don’t support hungry spores. And when disinfecting a surface is desired, ceramic tile easily stands up to cleaners like bleach and other disinfectants — even though clean water and proper drying alone are enough to dispel most messes on ceramic tile.

4. You can touch it  

Besides the fact that it’s beautiful and you’ll want to touch it, you don’t have to worry that coming into contact with your ceramic tile will expose you to weird chemicals you can’t pronounce.  That’s not always the case for other floor and wall coverings. Phthalates, formaldehyde, halogenated flame retardants… these chemicals could be lurking in your vinyl, wood, or carpet.  They (or any organic compounds) aren’t found in ceramic tile.

5. If a fire does start, ceramic tile keeps its cool

Ceramic tile won’t feed a fire because it isn’t combustible.  Since it won’t burn, it won’t cause smoke, nor will it emit toxins in a fire as many other floorings do.

There are many more reasons that ceramic tile is healthy. Just ask your tile distributor or retailer for the benefits specific to your next project.  No matter which option you pick, you can rest assured that you’re choosing a safe and healthy option for you and your family for years to come.