Ceramic tiles are commonly used for flooring, shower and countertop applications. You may not think much about the dangers of ceramic tiles, but there are a few issues that you should be aware of before choosing this option.
Ceramic tiles are made from a mixture of red or white clay, shaped (usually into squares) and then cooked in a kiln. Most tiles are glazed for aesthetic reasons and to prevent moisture from seeping into the pores.
A minor risk of using ceramic tiles is that the tiles can crack or chip, which presents a danger to people walking on a tile floor. The edges are sharp enough to injure a person's bare foot.
Because glazed ceramic tiles are very slippery, they can cause slips and falls. This is a huge concern for businesses, because customers can slip on wet glazed ceramic tiles.
Ceramic tiles contain about 14 to 18 percent silicon dust (silicon dioxide), which is a health hazard that can cause lung problems. Cutting tiles to fit a space in a home could release this dust into the air. An installer must wear gloves, goggles and a mask when handling these tiles, for safety.
Mold and mildew can form around ceramic tile, especially in a shower or on a bathroom floor. Mold spores can cause a number of health-related issues, including asthma and skin rashes.