Types and properties of construction tiles

Types and properties of construction tiles

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Tiles through History

From ancient and historical sites and buildings, to modern spaces and exhibitions. There are certain design elements that are considered as a constant variable in the equation of interior conception and design. Components that help in creating a special character for each space it occupies, regardless of the area. Tiles can be considered as one of those elements that possess that extra factor which assists in achieving the desired design and the right mental atmosphere for a space. 

In Jordan, the importance of tile selection is commonly known, especially in traditional houses that possess a vernacular style. As mentioned before, these tiles my represent certain ornaments or designs that reflect the overall style of a space, and to add on, these tiles helped in the understanding of the history of these cultural buildings. 

Tiles can be defined as thin objects, usually square or rectangular in shape. Generally used for covering roofs, floors, walls, or other objects such as tabletops.

Applications and Characteristics of Tiles

Tiles are often used to form wall and floor coverings, and can range from simple square tiles to complex or mosaics. Tiles are most often made of ceramic, typically glazed for internal uses and unglazed for roofing, but other materials are also commonly used.

Tiles have many characteristics and benefits that make them desirable and practical for the user. To begin with, design versatility. They come in all shapes and sizes, and can be applied almost anywhere. Most tiles are used for flooring, but it can also be applied and used for walls, roofs and even other objects. 

Moreover, tiles are considered easy to clean. You could never wet-mop your hardwood floor, or sanitize your carpet with bleach, but tile clean-up is easy. It is also easy to repair and maintain. By using a high-quality grout and sealant (when necessary), maintaining most types of tile requires little, if any effort. 

Tiles are also considered very durable. Tile is not only built to resist the damage caused by extended exposure to moisture but can withstand most daily wear without breaking down. And finally, tiles have superior cooling properties. Tile is a natural room air conditioner in the summer, as the hard surface repels heat, and emits comfortably cool temps.

Types of Tiles

There are several types of tiles, depending on the usage of the tile and the design you are trying to implement. The most commonly used are ceramic tiles due its many and different applications. There is also porcelain tiles. Porcelain is a finer example of clay ceramic tile. Made of a higher ratio of silica and quartz, and baked or fired at a higher temperature. 

Glass tiles are a great choice for backslash or shower tiles, it has the highest level of stain resistance. Marble tiles are often considered one of the most expensive types of natural stone tiles. There are a lot more types than you can find and explore on this link.

As mentioned before, since the ancient times of architectural understanding, tiles have played an important role in functional solutions and aesthetic pleasing elements. The team of Phi Contracting Co. is well acknowledged with the types and properties of tiles and its applications, so you can trust us with your next project.