Tiles are most often made of ceramic, typically glazed for internal uses and unglazed for roofing, but other materials are also commonly used, such as glass, cork, concrete and other composite materials, and stone. Tiling stone is typically marble, onyx, granite or slate.
What Are Tiles Made Of?
Tiles are usually made of ceramic, porcelain, or stone. However, there are also tiles made of metal, glass, and even plastic. Ceramic tiles are made of clay that has been fired in a kiln.
The clay is mixed with water and other ingredients, such as sand, before it is shaped into tiles. After the tiles are shaped, they are fired again.
This second firing makes the tiles harder and more durable. Porcelain tiles are made of a type of clay called kaolin. Kaolin is a white clay that is found in abundance in China.
Porcelain tiles are fired at a very high temperature, which makes them harder and more resistant to staining than ceramic tiles. Stone tiles are made of natural stone, such as marble, granite, slate, or limestone.
Stone tiles are usually cut into thin sheets and then polished. They are also sometimes left in their natural state, which gives them a more rustic look.
Metal tiles are made of aluminum, brass, or copper. They are usually used as accent tiles or in areas where there is a lot of wear and tear, such as the kitchen or bathroom. Glass tiles are made of, well, glass