Tiles have been with us as a building material for thousands of years. As a covering for floors, walls and countertops, tiles are hard to beat. Tiles can accent a living room space or be used as the primary covering in areas that see a lot of traffic or are exposed to moisture, such as in bathrooms and kitchen areas. Tiles are found both inside the home as well as outdoors, such as around swimming pools, patio areas and garden paths. Many homes will have tiles not only on the floors or walls, but used as decorative accents in ceilings too.
6 things to know about tiles:
Compatible with Humans
Tiles are hypoallergenic, meaning they won’t cause problems for people with allergies or other breathing problems. Unlike carpet, a tile floor won’t hide mites, dust and other particulate that can be irritating to some people. Tiles won’t foster mold growth and they don’t give off any VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) like varnishes, paints and some carpets do. There are also tile surface profiles available that provide anti-skid protection to prevent injury from falls.
Long Term Investment
Unlike some surfaces, tiles don’t fade or change colour when exposed to UV rays. Tiled floors will withstand heavy traffic better than just about any alternative floor covering. They are easy to keep clean and require little if any maintenance over the life of a home. Tiles may not be the cheapest option for counter tops, walls or flooring, but they are hard to beat in the value proposition. They will take the test of time and remain as beautiful as the day they were installed for years to come.
You will find a type of tile design and material for just about any application within the home or yard. Besides their obvious application as a kitchen backsplash or countertop covering, tiles of different materials and sizes can be used successfully in such varied locations as around swimming pools, bathrooms, and other living spaces. Used as borders around other types of flooring, tiles can add color and variety to any room’s personality. Tiles also lend themselves to those with a creative streak who wish to create unique designs and patterns with different coloured tile configurations.
Unlike some man made building materials that use large amounts of petroleum in their manufacture, tiles are typically made from organic materials like clay, glass or stone. Disposal of old tiles is simple and non-threatening to the environment as most landfills accept them without concern.
As opposed to wood or other materials with a petroleum base, most tiles don’t burn, give off smoke or contribute to a fire. This can be a lifesaver when a pan catches fire on the stove and gets dropped on a tile floor or countertop.
Perhaps no other building component can be made from so many different kinds of materials. While ceramic and porcelain tiles are probably the best known and most widely used tile materials, glass, concrete, rubber and different types of stone tiles are also readily available.