On February 23, National Tile Day recognizes a timeless element of architecture and design. Around the world, tile plays a variety of roles, revealing its durability and flexibility over thousands of years. From the modest to the sublime, tile proves to be one of the most practical building materials.
Join us in celebrating by sharing why you choose tile with #WhyTile and #Coverings2017. Be inspired and share your inspiration. View the events below for more details on how you can get involved with National Tile Day.
Why do we choose tile?
It's Durable and Sustainable
Ceramic tile has been used in buildings since the ninth century BC. A long-lasting material results in a lower consumption of resources in the long term, and a lower environmental impact. Unlike carpet, vinyl, or laminate flooring which have to be replaced periodically, properly installed tile will last a lifetime.
Ceramic tile is highly resistant to weathering, as it's inert and not affected by exposure to water, fire and even ultraviolet radiation. Tile does not release any toxic substances when exposed to high temperatures, which is one of the main risks in the event of fire. Due to the use of natural minerals fired at temperatures over 2300 degrees F, ceramic tile will never fade and is not affected by UV rays.
Ceramic tile can be used on horizontal or vertical surfaces, flat or curved, indoors or outdoors, in wet or dry areas. It can have reflective surfaces to provide lighting, or have materials and colors that absorb radiation to control the temperature naturally. The versatility of tile makes it an optimal choice for floor and wall coverings in commercial and residential projects.
It's Low Maintenance
Unlike other organic materials or textiles, ceramic tile requires little maintenance to keep clean and in good condition. This is done using procedures and materials that have a low cost and little environmental impact, reducing maintenance costs over its lifespan. Tile is also highly scratch-resistant and simple to clean.
It's Energy Efficient
The ingredients that make up ceramic tile - compressed raw materials like sand, clay, and glass - are all easily recyclable, and as naturally renewable resources, create a low environmental impact. Tile can reduce the amount of energy needed for heating and cooling because of its exceptional thermal mass.
Since tile is fired in kilns to extremely high temperatures, there are no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the finished product that can be released into the air we breathe. VOCs contribute to a wide variety of health problems and are a significant cause of "sick building syndrome." In addition, there are adhesives and grouts available that contain zero, or very low VOCs.
1:00 pm EST | Metropolis Magazine Twitter Chat
Follow along on Twitter with Metropolis Magazine, Coverings ambassador Alena Capra, Kim Lewis of @KimLewisDesigns, @CeramicsofItaly, @TilesofSpain, and @TileCouncil to learn tips for why designers should choose tile. Tweet your questions and comments to @MetropolisMag using #TileToday.
4:00 pm EST | Interior Design Mag. Facebook Livestream
Join Interior Design Magazine and Coverings ambassador Alena Capra on Facebook for a livestream video discussion on tile, trends and new products! We’ll be sharing new products that will be featured at Coverings 2017. Join the livestream on Interior Design Magazine's Facebook page by clicking here.
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What's Your Favorite Tile?
Celebrate National Tile Day with Coverings! Tell us why you choose tile and show us your favorite tiles by sharing your photos and stories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #WhyTile and #Coverings2017 in the caption and tagging Coverings. We'll repost our favorites!