Ceramic tile is generally a safe, non-toxic flooring option that is easy to maintain.
It’s important to ask the distributor and installer specific questions about the safety of the grout, the ventilation process used during installation and any other materials used that could cause toxic fumes.
Does ceramic tile have lead in it?
Lead-containing ceramic tile is not a common cause for childhood lead poisoning. However, surface abrading and demolition activities such as breaking or crushing may release lead.
Is porcelain floor tile toxic?
Being made of porous material, the top surface of a ceramic tile is usually glazed. Another advantage of having ceramic floor tiles is the fact that these will not emit toxic fumes, or scorch. Porcelain floor tiles, on the other hand, are made primarily of finely-ground sand.
Does ceramic tile emit radon?
Slate tiles and granite slabs had relatively higher radon exhalation rates than other decorative materials, such as ceramic or porcelain tiles. Generally speaking, building materials used in home decoration make no significant contribution to indoor radon for a house with adequate air exchange.
Is tile mortar toxic?
While Portland cement is not typically harmful in its dry form, it can present problems when it’s wet. Cement grouts such as Portland cement are easily inhaled, and the fine silica particles found in the grout can cause breathing issues. In fact, even a small amount of silica dust presents a health hazard.