MTO's Guide to Mosaic Wall Tile
We know, with so many tile options available on the market it is can be hard enough to know where to begin, even more, difficult for those with more discerning eyes and taste. However, it is understanding the different types of tile and what separates them. That begins with understanding that tiles can be made from a number of different materials and substrates - each to serve their own purpose. There are, of course, some standard types. Tiles are manufactured as a piece of hard-wearing material using ceramic, stone, metal, glass, or various types of clay. They can also be made from lightweight materials like wood, though these tend not to be so common.
Glass tiles are most obviously tiles made of glass which come in a limitless amount of colors with a variety of different finishes depending on their manufacturing process. Some come clear as you can imagine glass or crystal to be. Others stained with infinite shades of blues, reds, yellows, greens and so on. More expensive varieties of glass tile come with a mix of colors. Some blend seamlessly into each other while others intertwine solid chunks of color into each other throughout.
Ceramic & Porcelain
Ceramic & Porcelain tiles are arguably the most common type of wall tile to be found in any residential or commercial location. What separates these two types of tile is their rates of water absorption; ceramic tile being the least water-resistant of the two due to its more porous and less dense nature. Of course - sealing your tile helps reduce these characteristics and it’s best to choose a tile that is most suitable for your overall environment. We wouldn’t want your tile to crack or shatter after absorbing water in colder regions that are prone to freezing temperatures.
Glazed tiles are ceramic or porcelain tiles with an additional “glazed” finish applied, usually meant for wall tile applications, with the most common style being subway tiles. In addition to being put through a high-temperature kiln - this creates a tile that is extremely durable and dense - perfectly suited for areas that require a resistant tile that is not affected by moisture. The glazing process allows the opportunity for the tile to be introduced to a variety of colorings which produce a glass-like colored surface. Subway tiles have a wide assortment of standard sizes - so it’s best to become familiar with available options. You can also check your local retail showroom to get a good idea.
Natural Stone Tile
Of course not all tile has to be “made” or “manufactured”. Natural stone tiles are made by cutting large slabs of naturally sourced material straight from the Earth, such as granite, marble, slates, and travertine. These tiles offer a variety of unique naturally occurring finishes and patterns in which no two are the same. Of course, you want to make sure your tile comes from a trusted and reputable source. Make sure they provide only the most acceptable pieces with as few undesirable characteristics or defects and possible from this natural material.
Mosaic tiles are decorative pieces made from smaller chips in a variety of patterns. The greatest benefit of mosaic tiles is not only the seemingly infinite amount of sizes and patterns available. But, also their ability to be made of almost any type and also a combination of previously mentioned tiles, such as glass, natural stone, ceramic, porcelain, and even metal!
These, of course, are only the most common of tile types. Here at Mosaic Tile Outlet, many, many, more can be found.
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