Tile is made of clay, minerals and solvents that have been heated to high temperatures. Glazing makes tile non-porous, a necessity if it’s going to be exposed to liquids. Ceramic tile has many benefits: it’s strong, colorfast, and doesn’t absorb odors or expand or contract due to temperature changes. It is also hygienic and easy to clean. Which tiling you buy is dependent on where you are using it. Outdoor tiles should be weatherproof and slip-resistant. On the kitchen counter, tile should be durable. Wall tiling, however, can be primarily about attractiveness. Knowing the basics about tile can help you choose the right one.
- Glazed tile creates a non-porous surface making it great for all areas inside a home.
- Aside from being aesthetically appealing, ceramic tile is often the most desired.
- Outdoor tile should be weatherproofed so it can maintain its durability in the elements.
“Tiles are a combination of clay, minerals and solvents that are shaped and sized and then heated to very high temperatures.”