Your Flooring Guide: All About TileWilson Velez
Imagine that you will choose the floor for the living room. Do you know what you want and need?
If you don’t know, I can’t blame you. There are many flooring options for the living room, the bathroom, the garage, and various designs, and there are also options for all budgets.
Before choosing the floor for your living room or bathroom, we recommend learning about the different types of flooring, its benefits, and disadvantages. Then it will be easy to choose the floor design of your dreams.
In this article, we will talk about a classic: tiles.
Since you were a child, you have seen tiles. At grandma’s in the bathroom, in the school bathrooms, or fast food kitchens. The tile is a type of floor of a lifetime.
Tiles are easy to clean, inexpensive, and meet most health permit requirements, which is why they’re so common in fast-food kitchens.
All you need to know about tiles
A bit of tile history and craftmanship first:
How are tiles made?
Most tiles are ceramic with a glaze. Ceramics combines clay, earthen elements, and other ingredients to give structure and color.
The ceramic mix, once made, is fired at high temperatures in a special kiln called a kiln. After you fire the ceramic piece, you need to cover it in a waterproof paint mixture called the glaze.
Most of the tiles are ceramic-made. Glazed tiles are used for interiors, while outdoor tiles, such as roofing, are unglazed.
There are tiles made of stone, glass, cork, concrete, and other composite materials. When looking at stone tiles, high-endurance tile materials are usually marble, granite, onyx, or slate.
Where did the tiles originate?
The tiles come from ancient Egypt. Archaeological evidence shows that the Egyptians used blue tiles to decorate their homes as early as the 4th century B.C.
According to some researchers, ancient Mesopotamians (circa 3000 B.C.) made bricks with excellent durability since they fired the clay at high temperatures. The Mesopotamians used these bricks to decorate the exterior of houses and buildings and to protect them from the weather.
Did they have tiles in medieval times?
Yes. Ceramic floors were present in medieval England. Typically, churches or monastic centers used the tiles to adorn their feet. Also, wealthy landowners or nobles used tiles on their properties to symbolize distinction.
During the Middle Ages, tile patterns were geometric, mosaic, family crests, or Christian symbols (biblical representations).
When tiles became popular in America?
Tiles became popular in America in the late 1800s with the industrial revolution, which brought mass production. The tiles arrived in America through the influence of English traders, who learned about them through the Romans. Tiles were introduced to Northern Europe by Persian traders in the 13th century.
Tiles nowadays: How to use them in your home
Why should your home have tiles?
Tiles are an inexpensive type of flooring. It is anti-slip, resistant, and economical. There are a variety of designs and materials and practical solutions for interiors and exteriors.
What areas of your home need tiles?
We recommend tiles in the kitchen and bathroom. The tiles are easy to clean and resistant to moisture, and you can combine different designs.
How to choose tiles?
First, decide the area of your home where you will use the tiles, then choose the type of tile and measure the number of tiles per square footage; you can do that by multiplying the length of the tile by the width in inches.
We hope you have enjoyed learning more about tiles. Remember that if you need tile installation or want to check the type of floor for the area of your house, do not hesitate to contact us.