Wall tiles are usually in 4” x 4” or 6” x 6” sizes and are light weight with a thickness of less than ¼ “. Wall tiles enhance walls with their wide range of colours, textures and designs; and usually their durability and functionality comes from the materials used to make the tiles.
Wall tiles can be used indoors and outdoors. When used on the walls of the kitchen or as a feature wall, wall tiles add on something ‘extra’ to your living space. They are also great for wet places like the bathroom, wet kitchen or simply to protect your walls from water damage.
Wall tiles range from having water resistant properties (impervious and vitreous) to those that are non-water resistant (non-vitreous and semi-vitreous). Wall tiles are also graded from Grade 1 referring to best quality to Grades 2 and 3 for lower range wall tiles.
Different wall tile materials give them their unique qualities:
● Glazed Ceramic Tiles - kiln-fired baked clay with a mixture of metal and glass; water resistant; durable and in beautiful hues.
● Porcelain Tiles - with a variety of colours and textures; impervious; stain resistant and very durable.
● Concrete Tiles - absorbs dye well resulting in a colourful range; mimic stones tiles; great substitute for marbles.
● Pebble Tiles - made up of real pebbles set in mesh backing; also available as sliced pebble tiles stacked with the rounded side facing out, great for walls for a natural feel.
Difference between wall and floor tiles
Wall tiles should not be used on the floor or on countertops as they are thinner and lighter; just as the heavier floor tiles are not suitable on the walls. Wall tiles need not consider excessive foot traffic, weight issues nor do they perform tough duties, so can be made from a wider range of materials. Floor tiles must be made from stronger materials to be able to bear heavier weight and are generally bigger than wall tiles.