We have a lot of options when it's about tile flooring. Tile manufacturing is done from a variety of materials such as clay, stone, metal, quartz, and terrazzo. Each one of them has its own defining characteristics. However, the most common of them are ceramic tiles and natural stones, because of their looks and easy maintenance.

We have researched and prepared the top 10 interesting facts about tile flooring that you should know.

  1. Tiles have been a part of our lives for a long time. To be precise, the earliest known tiles were found in an Archaeological Dig in Egypt, and according to the experts they were of about 4700 BC.

  2. Tiles are the first choice for wall coverings in bathrooms because of their durability, are non-porous when glazed, and are easy to clean.

  3. Porcelain Tiles are costlier than Ceramic Tiles, as they are stronger and due to their availability in large formats (up to 2 sqft).

  4. The edge of a tile is referred to as Bullnose, which could be either a single bullnose (one edge rounded) or double bullnose (both sides rounded).

  5. The Italian name for finger tiles is Listellos. They are small, narrow, short tiles, and are often available in a variety of shades and colors. They can be used to create borders or decorative features in higher-end tiling installations.

  6. By 2025, the market for ceramic tiles is expected to grow from $ 207.7 billion in 2020 to $ 285.1 billion. The growth is calculated at a CAGR of 6.5% during the forecast period. This projected growth is due to the rise in population, disposable income, growth in renovation & remodeling activities, along with the increase in investments in the residential and commercial sectors.

  7. Wall tiles are smaller, thinner, and lighter. Due to their weak structure, they cannot withstand significant temperature changes. So, you should never use wall tiles for floors.

  8. Grout is a very fine powdered cement used to fill the gaps between tiles. The process is called grouting. They come in a variety of different colors so that you can choose based on your tile color and contrast.

  9. Italy is the largest producer of ceramic tiles, followed by Spain, Mexico, Brazil, and France. About 2/3rd of the ceramic tiles in the U.S. are imported from these countries.

  10. Lastly, a ceramic tile can easily withstand the weight of 10 full-sized elephants without perishing.

These were some amazing facts about tile flooring. However, there is one more tip for you, Use the mixture of Hot Water & Vinegar to clean your tiles. It helps clean out stains and marks on your tiles.