Different Types of Tiles

Tiles are one of the most widely used building materials around the world. Just about every culture around the world has independently developed their own form of tiles, whether they are used for decorative purposes, to make roofs, or waterproof a room.

The main distinction between types of tiles isn’t in either their use or where they were developed, but with materials. Tiles are made from just about any hard-wearing material; stone, ceramic, wood or metal. They each have unique benefits.

Wood tiles are used mainly in places where they are the only option. They can be sourced from anywhere there are trees, so they are arguably the most abundant tile option. In return for this abundance, wood tiles are less waterproof, and weather worse than the other options.

Ceramic tiles are the most widely used type of tile. Most bathrooms use a type of ceramic to make, as once they’ve been treated they can be decorated to any style. Ceramic also lasts a long time and is very waterproof.

Stone tiles can give a great natural appearance that many people finds attractive as a tile. Unfortunately, using stone requires a lot of labour and heavy machinery to source and process, so this is a lot more expensive than both wood and ceramic.

Metal tiles are generally used less often, but some interior designers do like to use it as their material of choice. There is a lot to be said about metal tiles; they are more durable in the face of most conditions, and like the other options, once treated they can be decorated to meet any style. Depending upon the type of metal, the cost and value for money you get can change a lot.