What Is It?
Unlike the terms glass tile, ceramic tile, and stone tile, whose names refer to the material they’re made out of, the term subway tile refers to a particular style of tile. A subway tile is any rectangular tile that has a length twice as large as its height, or as a general rule the dimensions 6×3 inches.
Interestingly, subway tiles made their first public appearance in New York City’s underground subway system. They were used to finish the interior walls of the system and also to label individual stops. Since that time subway tiles have become increasingly common within the residential sphere. Today, one is just as likely to see subway tiles in a residential kitchen or bathroom as they are in a commercial building. Here we’ll be discussing the unique advantages offered by subway tile. We encourage you to read on, and to consider adding a bit of this timeless material to your Hillsborough home.
Subway Tile Advantages
Versatile—Subway tiles are known for their simple, yet elegant design. Their rectangular shape makes for a timeless look that has little chance of going out of style. Additionally, subway tiles can be made from a wide range of materials. Depending on the material a subway tile is made out of its appearance can be emphasized or deemphasized. Subway tiles made from glass or ceramic offer a wide range of color options. Those made from stone offer natural color variation and veining.
Easy To Maintain—Subway tiles are on the larger side, which makes them easy to maintain compared to smaller tiles. In most cases they can be wiped clean with a rag and a mild cleaning agent. Furthermore, they require less meticulous cleaning when it comes to the grout between tiles.
Subway Tile Precautions
Slippery When Wet—A downside of subway tiles is their tendency to become slippery when wet. Although this is less of an issue if subway tiles are used to finish a countertop or backsplash, it can be problematic when it comes to flooring. We recommend that you don’t use subway tiles to finish a shower floor. If you’re looking to install subway tile flooring outside of a shower area rugs are also a great option.
Here at Floor Coverings International Hillsborough we look forward to helping you choose the perfect subway tiles for your home. Whether you’re creating a backsplash or designing a tile shower we’re here to help! We proudly serve the greater Hillsborough, Flemington, Princeton areas and offer free consultations. Call us today!
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