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Bathroom Wall Tile; Types and Usage

Bathroom wall tile is in use for about 4000 years. Some of the tiles have been found in Ancient Egypt, Babylon, Greek and Roman ruins. The Persians are believed to have technically perfected the art of tile making, but during the period of Muslim architecture, tiles and mosaics reached breathtaking beauty. Over time wall tiles became the obvious choice for kitchens and bathrooms because of their resistance to water as well as their ease of cleaning.

Today the bathroom wall tile is found in very many types and materials. Here are some of them:

Ceramic Wall Tiles

Ceramic tiles are the most popular choice today. Ceramic comes in a variety of colors, patterns and glazes for different applications. A ceramic wall tile is made of clay. It is put through a firing process at very high heat in a kiln to harden the tile and set the glaze. Sometimes tiles are fired without a glaze to give a natural, rustic look.

Stone Wall Tiles

Stone is always excellent choice for tiles. It has special appeal in its rough state, like quarried slate or stone chips for natural rustic type bathroom wall tile. If stone is polished, the grain and deep colors tend to show up better. Most stone requires a good, protective stone seal, as stone bathroom wall tiles can be quite porous. There are many types of stone and each type has its own beauty, coloring and textured look. Most stone doesn’t look its best together with other types of stone, but it can often be used successfully with other materials such as ceramic, glass, metals or wood. Some different kinds of stone are:

• Marble

• Granite

• Limestone

• Slate

• Quartz

• Terrazzo

‘Rock Cladding’ Wall Tiles

This bathroom wall tile is molded with latex rubber from a natural rock and then a cast is made of this from a mixture of concrete and fiberglass. These plates are used to tile walls, giving various rock effects. The tiles from several molds can be interlinked to give the seamless effect of a natural rock face. They can also be shaped into rectangular tiles that give the effect of a stone wall.

Vinyl Bathroom Tiles

These are not the most popular type of bathroom wall tiles but they do have the advantage of being inexpensive and very easy to lay. They are extremely easy to keep clean. They are suitable for use in school, clinic or public bathrooms. Where they have, in the past, been rather plain and drab, new colors and textures are becoming available. There are now artists and hobbyists doing wonderful things with vinyl tiles. Sometimes they cut them up and create beautiful wall collages.

Pebble Bathroom Tiles

A pebble bathroom wall tile is made up of a number of flat pebbles set together on a mesh backing. There are generally two types of pebble tile. The first kind is set in tile adhesive on the wall as it is and the grout is applied to fill in the spaces, leaving the tops of the pebbles standing proud. The other type is preset into a panel or tile and then ground down so that the pebbles are flat and flush with the filler.

Glass Wall Tiles

Glass mosaics have been in existence for nearly 5000 years, but glass tiles made their appearance only about 2500 years ago in Persia, Greece and India. Glass tiles today are very popular as they have a reflective quality and intense colors. As the color is applied on the back of the bathroom wall tile, it is more durable and less likely to fade.

Porcelain Wall Tiles

Porcelain originated in China during the Tang dynasty (618-907) Only much later, when other countries found the vital ingredients, kaolin and petuntse, or similar feldspar, in places like Cornwall, England and the US Pacific West coast, was porcelain successfully made in the West. Today porcelain tiles are very popular. Because of their durability, they are often used on floors, but their beauty makes them good wall tiles too.

Cork Wall tiles

Cork for a bathroom wall tile is not as commonly used as in other parts of the house. However, it has some very noteworthy qualities. It is light and elastic and regains its shape if bumped or compressed. It is impermeable to water, dust and mold. It is durable. Most of all it is very beautiful, especially in today’s décor themes that require life, vibrancy and texture.



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