What is a tile?
The word tile is derived from a French word called “Tuile”, which itself is also derived from the Latin word called “tegula”, which means roof tile that is made from baked clay.
In fact, the tile is a building material in the form of square or rectangle which are made from rigid materials such as stone, metal, glass, etc. to cover the roof, Floors, walls and in some places, those are used as decorative items.
Tiles have simple squares to more complex vary forms.
What do you know about tile history?
The production of first tiles dates back to ancient times, including Egyptians, Babylonians and Assyrians. For example, if you have already considered the ancient Egyptian monuments, dating back to more than 2,600 years, you will find that small colored tiles have been used on their facades.
Several years later, almost in the beginning twentieth century, with the invention of a tunnel-shaped furnace, which connected approximately 1910 robots for tile production planning, mass-produced tiles were manufactured industrially for the first time, and after that, the production of various tiles began in most of the major European and US countries, that today’s tile production is carried out in most communities automatically.
The name of the tile was selected in the Kashan city for the first time, which was renowned as the center of pottery industry since the beginning of Islam.
Do you know the types of tiles ?
Tiles have different types that are used in your space (residential, commercial, shop, building facade, etc.). Types of tiles include:
1. Stone tile
2. Mosaic tile
3. Ceramic tile
4. Porcelain tile
5. Vitrail tiles
6. Glazed tiles
7. Sanitary tiles (WC or toilets and bathroom amenities, such as washbasins or sink, toilet bowls, toilets, tubs, etc.)
8. Mineral tile
9. 3rd fire tile
10. Ceiling acoustic tile
11. Glass tile
12. Decorative tiles and colored bricks
13. Anti-acid tile
Advantages and Disadvantages of tiles
Choosing a covering for wall or floor is a hard decision, so we explain some of advantages and disadvantages of tiles which help you choose a best item.
Advantages of tiles:
1. Tiles are eco-friendly
Tile is member of green goods and recycled due to is made of natural and mineral materials like glass, clay, gravel, grit etc. and combine with other recovery materials.
Tile factories don’t use chemical and harmful materials in producing process unlike the other floor and wall covering. As instance for making parquet and laminate are cut a lot of trees and are used other chemical materials in producing process.
Other advantages of natural materials in producing tile:
1.you feel nature. (specially with stone tiles)
2. it doesn’t cause allergies.
3.it is recycled and is used for producing new tiles and ceramic tiles.
2. Tiles don’t need to care
Tiles are dense and impenetrable versus gas, massy or solid and liquid materials because the tile dough is pressed and baked. In conclusion you can clean them with a vacuum cleaner or a damp cloth, also tiles don’t absorb smell even if you use a tile for 50 years continually.
3. You become tired from the persistence of tiles
Tiles have different types and different resistance, but tiles have high durability rather than other floor covering like parquet, laminate and other wall covering like wall paper, color, plaster, PVC products etc.
Tiles have resistance against the penetration of insects, water and moisture. so you can mount the tile and will use it for 30 years and it doesn’t need to change. Unless it has damaged by a rigid object which you can change exactly the damaged tile with the help of experts in the field of mounting tile.
4. Tile is mounted quickly and easily
A combining cement mortal is prepared in mortar tub for mounting tiles and is used as a tile glue for sticking tiles on the wall or ground and filling out the seam between the tiles which have not been rectified.
In recent years, several types of industrial adhesives powder or liquid have been manufactured to make the tile mounting so easy which you can use them in the process of house renovation and sticking new tiles on the old tiles.
5. Tiles are mounted on the types of surfaces
The types of tiles specially mosaic tiles are mounted with a simple substructure on the all surfaces like cement, plaster etc.
6. The variety of tiles confuse people
Todays the types of tiles in the kinds of colors, designs, dimension, shapes and various patterns (porcelain, stony, ceramic, clay etc.) enter to the market and with considering their advantages are more popular than other floor covering like parquet and laminate and are known as a best floor covering.
7. Tiles are economical
You can choose the tiles when you decide to change your decoration or covering, because you can have a satisfactory selection with a suitable price.
Also, the price of mounting tile is so fair and maintenance of tiles don’t have much cost..
But if you use stony tile for covering your floor, they need to exfoliate every 10 years.
Disadvantages of tiles:
Tiles have some disadvantages in addition to advantages above which we point to some of them.
1. Tiles are not soundproof
Tiles are not soundproof and this is a foible but for solving this problem insulate the floor by substructure and using acoustic cork.
Also, using carpet help to reducing this problem.
2. Tiles are slippery
Some of tiles which has a glossy surfaces are slippery, specially when there as a little water on them. This issue is too much in the glossy ceramic tiles or full polish porcelain tiles.
3. The tiles of your floor are always cold
The kinds of ceramic tiles are suitable objects for waking you up in winter.
Tiles are a good conductor for heat and cold so the floor of your house is cold in the winter. of course, this feature is same in the summer but is an advantage for some ones.
People set the temperature of the room by helping technology (cooling and heating system) in some areas and solve the freezing of floor.
4. Tiles are jealous
You can’t use the other building materials like wall paper, color etc. next to the tiles.
Of course, People sometimes use some small and decorative tiles on a special wall for instance walls behind or next to the television. But tiles are use on the wall or floor alone.
5. Tiles are brickle or fragile
Most of the tiles are brickle and are damaged by various objects.
The resistance of the tiles depends on their mounting quality and tile can be broken if don’t pay attention to the main points of mounting. If you use the marble and full polish tiles, you should know that they are very sensitives and will be scratchy very fast. Of course, you can seal up them with wax.
6. Some of tiles are very expensive
Some of the tiles are very expensive like 3rd fire and decorative tiles, slabs, porcelain tiles and stony tiles.
This kind of tiles are used in a special and luxury spaces like hotel lobby, towers etc.