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Materials Directory - Tiles
Written by richart khalil   

Tiles’ choice can seem overwhelming, because they come in so different shapes, sizes and colors. They cover for floors and walls; glazed or unglazed. Some have a colored finish laid over them and others are the natural colors of the clay from which they were made. Patterned tiles vary hugely themselves and include a large choice.
Each choice carries with it practical and aesthetic implications: floor tiles need a stable, flat sub-floor on which to be laid unlike wall tiles which are thinner and lighter.

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  • Terracotta: the oldest form in existence still has en enduring appeal. Terracotta is a slab of clay out of the ground, dried in the sun and then baked in a fire or kiln. Terracotta tiles have a characteristic warm russet glow and can be square, rectangular, octagonal or lozenge-shaped.
  • Quarry tiles: they need less care than terracotta because, they are more robust because they are fired at a higher temperature and are already sealed or glazed when you buy them. Quarry tiles are square or rectangular, and colors vary from bright orangey-red through brown to black.
  • Ceramic tiles: made from highly processed clay, which is pressed into moulds, glazed and fired in a kiln. They are made for both floors and walls, and are available for different budgets. Pattern choice is very large and can be applied in various way including printing, transferring, embossing, moulding or inlaying.
  • Glass tile: can be found in a number of guises, including clear, brightly colored, rippled and recycled glass.
  • Mosaic tiles: available in an enticing choice of designs, colors and shapes. As well as the usual square ceramic variety, they are available in round and hexagonal shapes.
  • Metallic tiles: we find two varieties: they can be either wooden blocks faced with real metal (copper, brass, stainless, steel or zinc) or they can be made of resin containing chemicals that give the tile a metallic finish when subjected to heat in the firing process. Available for both wall and floor covering.
  • Leather tiles: available in rectangular tiles of thick, tough buffalo hide, which are attached to walls and floors with the tile adhesive in the usual way. These tiles work well in living spaces, bedrooms and studies where they add a warm, textural element.

The success of all tiling in the home depends on thorough preparation, careful calculation and attention to detail. Unlike paint, tiles cannot be slapped up in an afternoon and changed easily and cheaply if the effect is not quite what you intended.

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written by Elie , January 16, 2008
Hey Richy, i think it is a good site you have here. But it is better for the material section to insert photos that support the explications. (ie: tiles). Yalla good luck, nice job

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