Basic Information On Tiles
Tile is a thin slab of baked clay, used in overlapping rows for covering floors, walls, roofs and other objects such as tabletops. The word is derived from the French word tuile, which is from the Latin word tegula, meaning a roof tile composed of fired clay. It is made from hard-wearing materials such as ceramic, stone, metal, glass etc.; a tile can be rectangular, square or even complex in shape. Apart from their shapes and material compositions, tiles are made for different purposes and locations; Floor tiles for instance are made for either a heavy floor traffic area e.g. churches, mosques, banks etc. or a low floor traffic area e.g. residential homes while Wall tiles are made to resist harsh external weather conditions e.g. Outside Wall Tiles or resist mild internal weather conditions with daily water and chemical contacts e.g. Internal Wall Tiles. This accounts for the variation in the manufacturing processes and material compositions of Tiles. Tiles come in different colours, designs, sizes for the different locations in a building.
Tiles come in different colours, in order to meet the diverse colour needs of consumers. Some of the popular tile colors are white, black, grey, beige, cream, blue, ash to mention but a few; Tile colours can either be in plain or mixed forms and they produce different sensations with a stylish appearance.
The design of a tile defines the purpose and specification for which it is manufactured for hence sticking to the manufacturer’s specification helps a consumer to enjoy the benefits that accompanies every tile. Glazed tiles for instance are glossy, classy and very slippery, they are not meant for places with constant liquid flow e.g. bathrooms because they will cause a slip and fall; sitting rooms, bedrooms, lobby and corridors are the best place to put glazed tiles while matt tiles are less slippery and elegant with a rough surface texture that gives it a better grip, matt tiles are specially made for wet rooms such as bathrooms but can also be used in the kitchen as well as any other place in the house.
Tile designation refers to the specific location for which a tile is made for e.g. Floor Tiles, Wall Tiles etc. Wall Tiles for instance are specifically made for walls be it outside wall or inside wall and cannot be on the floor no matter how attractive its design or colour may be while floor tiles are specially made to be on the floor.
Just like colours and designs, tiles also come in different sizes; the size of a tile most times does not specify the exact location it must be used instead it gives room for variety. Some of the popular tile sizes are 20 x 30, 25 x 40, 25 x 50, 30 x 30, 40 x 40, 30 x 60, 60 x 60, 90 x 60, 120 x 60, 120 x 90 etc.
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