Ceramic tiles have been around for thousands of years. From Egyptian tombs to Roman baths, they have a solid reputation for quality, beauty, and durability. Here are some interesting things you didn’t know about ceramic tile:
- The earliest known ceramic tiles are nearly 4,000 years old.
- Ceramic tiles are made from a mixture of clays fired at very high temperatures to create a hard body.
- The tiles are “all natural” which means that everything in their composition comes straight from Mother Nature. Indeed, the mixes used to create ceramic tiles have changed very little over time.
- Ceramic tiles can be unglazed or glazed. Glazed tiles are sprayed, dropped, poured, or silk screened with a layer of glass that is then fused to the tile within a kiln.
- The glazing on a ceramic tile affects the surface color. By varying the mix of gold, silver, copper, mercury, zinc, and cobalt within the glaze, manufacturers can change everything from the gloss to the way it reflects light.
The team at Conestoga Tile would be happy to tell you more about ceramic tile. We invite you to contact us with your questions and to discover more about this classic building material.