Floor coverings - Tiles as a rustic floor
Tiles are the classic floor covering in the bathroom and kitchen - they can be wiped off and are hygienic. In addition to vinyl tiles there are cork or wood floor coverings.
Types of tiles
Tiles are one of the most common floor coverings besides parquet, laminate and carpet. They are available in different designs: in small as mosaic tiles, measures of half a meter or more, square, rectangular or irregular.
Tiles are made of different materials. Ceramic tiles are called tiles, they are made of baked clay. Ceramics include earthenware, stoneware and stoneware. The tiles are in natural colors such as terracotta and brown or colored glaze. Glazed ceramic tiles can be used to create colorful patterns.
Natural stone tiles can be made of granite, marble or sandstone, for example. They are available in both standard and irregular shapes (polygon).
PVC tiles are made of vinyl. Vinyl is the short form of polyvinyl chloride, a plastic. It is rolled flat for floor coverings or used as a tile.
Cork tiles are special tiles because they are not foot-cold, but are heat-insulating. Cork is a sustainable natural substance that can take on a variety of shapes and colors. With cork you can even imitate wood or natural stone marble.
Floor tiles are standard in the kitchen and bathroom. In the bathroom tiles are often up to half the height of the room on the walls. The bath or shower tray can be clad on the outside with tiles. The bathroom looks like a piece of cake when the floor, wall and sanitary tiles are coordinated.
Tiles are popular in the kitchen for their cleanliness. As a splash panel, they are glued to the wall behind the stove. While white predominates in tapes, floor tiles are more homely in the kitchen - for example as terracotta-colored ceramic tiles.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Flooring
The great advantage of tiles is their ability to be wiped off. They are waterproof when wet wiping or when the water is. The flooring is sturdy and uses only slowly.
They are easy to install. If you bring your own craftsmanship, you stick your tiles yourself and save money. The design freedom is great. With patterns, mosaics, decorative tiles and more, an individual floor can be laid.
Tiles do not use much, but they can break. A heavy object that falls on a tile can destroy it. The crack is not invisible. The tile is exchanged. If the pattern or measure no longer exists in commerce, a design problem arises.
The biggest disadvantage of floor tiles is their coldness. They do not insulate and absorb heat. Without underfloor heating, the tiled floor remains cool even in warm rooms. Laying a floor heating is expensive. In addition, the heater first heats the tiles before the heat passes into the room.
Exceptions are cork tiles. These insulate and are warm to the feet. If you want to lay tiles in the living area, you can use cork tiles.
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