How Many Types Of Tiles And Applications Are There
Mosaic floors or walls often give you a sense of flexibility and durability, but it is only when you think about the types of mosaics that you have that it becomes clear which kind of mosaic is right for your project. Because the mosaic has to meet different requirements depending on the application. In the next article, you can find out what types of tiles are available, what properties they have and where they can be used.
1. Types of bricks and applications.
Tiles are becoming more and more popular both indoors and outdoors. Unsurprisingly, they are durable, easy to clean, and extremely versatile. They are available in a variety of sizes, from small tiles measuring 1 cm x 1 cm to over 120 x 120 cm in different colours and surfaces. These are the current tile types:
1.1 terracotta brick
These tiles are made from clay, quartz, chalk or lime and water. Terracotta tiles absorb a lot of water. Therefore, they are not suitable for outdoor use.
They have low water absorption capacity, frost resistance, high density and very elastic mechanics. Therefore, they are very suitable for outdoor use. They are available as unglazed and glazed tiles on request. There are often different types of roofing, such as unburned tiles, which are used in high traffic areas such as industry, public buildings or commercial spaces. The properties of glazed stone tiles are highly dependent on the type of enamel. They are mainly used as tiles.
1.3 porcelain stoneware
Porcelain stoneware differs from porcelain stoneware with an even lower water absorption capacity and excellent resistance to fog. You also have 2 options: glazed and unglazed. Un Glazed porcelain stoneware can have a gleaming surface thanks to the enamel. Glazed stone tiles are usually printed to achieve a specific look. Polished Glazed porcelain tile is mainly used indoors as a tile. They have excellent thermal conductivity and high heat capacity. Therefore, they are very suitable as floor heating tiles. There are common types of tile sizes such as 30×30, 30×60, 60×60, 80×80
– Imitation wood tiles
In particular, fake wood tiles are trendy. Imitation wood tiles perfectly reproduce the colour and texture of wood. There are different types of counterfeit wood tiles, as long as they are herringbone style they are as good as natural wood floors. They are easier to care for, more durable and last longer than hardwood floors. In addition, artificial ceramic wood is frost-resistant.
1.4 natural stone brick
Natural stone bricks also come in many sizes and self-adhesive options. Depending on their thickness, these panels are used as a wall or floor coverings. The staircase is the preferred place for laying natural stone bricks. Also, natural stone flooring is standard in living rooms, corridors and bedrooms. In wet areas of the bathroom, it should only be confused after consultation with a natural stone specialist, as some types are susceptible to water.
Some types of natural stone bricks include:
– Granite faience
– limestone brick
– slate brick
– Sandstone bricks
– limestone brick
Natural stone bricks of various colours and sizes, mainly granite. Granite is a naturally hard stone. Granite tiles are anti-fog and suitable for indoor and outdoor use. The unique nature of each sheet with different structures, surfaces and special functions brings the entire surface to life, providing an exciting colour palette. Granite tiles are resistant to abrasion.
Gone are the days when bricks were only available in the standard 15cm x 15cm format. Today, this trend applies to large format bricks with edges up to 160 cm. They even make small rooms spacious and create a visual world in the room. As its name suggests, a mosaic is a mosaic of small stones. Mosaic tiles are accents on small surfaces. However, in large areas, several types of small tiles quickly become unsightly. These are different materials:
– Glass mosaic
– Glass + mosaic
– Natural stone
– natural stone mosaic
Mosaic tiles are mainly used as interior wall tiles or non-slip tiles. Slip resistance is achieved due to a large number of joints and the matte mosaic surface of the corresponding material. It is also suitable for outdoor mosaics if appropriate materials such as porcelain stoneware are used as a backing.
2. What to look for when choosing tiles in certain areas?
2.1 Tiles in the interior
Indoors, all types of tiles on the market are used as tiles or tiles in most rooms. Here you need to pay attention to the waterproof properties, gliding in a wet area. Also, there is a particular implicit method used to seal under the mosaic overlay.
2.2 Wall Coverings
Wall tiles should not be too thick or heavy. Also, there are virtually no restrictions because the tiles don’t experience a lot of pressure, except for laboratories, factories and industries, which may have to pay attention to chemical resistance. In all other cases, almost all types of bricks can be used. Exceptions are other wet areas, contact a brick specialist.
They are subject to high mechanical stress, depending on the space in which various types of tiles are used. Here you should pay attention to the corresponding abrasive group.
Categories I to V indicate the permitted load: I = minimum load (tiles), V = maximum load (tiles in public buildings).
You often think of tiles in the bathroom and kitchen, but they also work very well in the hallway. The latest trend is the living room and bedroom tiles, mainly tiles and floor tiles.
2.4 outdoor tiles
Outside, of course, only bricks can deal with wind and weather issues, especially frost. Stone and ceramic tiles are especially recommended, but the natural stone also has its own characteristics.
3. What is the difference between tiles and floors?
3.1 coated or uncoated?
Basically, you can choose between glazed and unglazed tiles. Unglazed tiles are especially suitable for heavily used areas such as terraces or entry areas. They are non-slip, more durable and more resistant than enamelled tiles.
Cons: easily contaminated with oil and fat. Enameled tiles are better protected from dirt and chemical attack. But it is susceptible to mechanical damage from falling shoes or heavy objects. Thanks to modern enamelling technology, materials such as metal, cement and even wood can be perfectly imitated on bricks. In addition to the colours, the choice of beautiful tiles is limitless.
3.2 What does abrasive group mean?
Ceramic tiles are divided into five abrasive groups so you can quickly see if there are specific types of tile that can support that weight and where they are best installed.
– Abrasive group 1: (not suitable for floors)
– Abrasive group 2: light to moderate weight (suitable for bathrooms, toilets, bedrooms)
– Abrasive group 3: medium weight (living room)
– Abrasive group 4: heavyweight (living room, kitchen, terrace)
– Abrasive group 5: widely used (commercial premises, shops, restaurants)
3.3 Can tile be used?
Since tiles can support higher loads and must support higher weights, they are thicker and heavier than wall bricks. While you can install tile on a wall, the tile is not suitable for flooring. 60×60 tiles are made of a much harder material than tiles. Consequently, cutting edges or cutting holes require more force, which is not very convenient for tiling.
Each area will have several matching tiles, the choice of which will depend on your preference for the colour, size and specific parameters of your material. If you want to see a sample, price and order, contact us at Cruso Surface.