Tile and stone are popular among homeowners, both as a flooring option or as a wall accent feature. Not only are they stylish, but also low maintenance. In honor of National Tile Day on February 23th, here's a closer look at these flooring and decor favorites.
A Rich Design History
The use of tile for purposes of decoration is seen as far back as the 13th century BC when glazed tile bricks were used by Ancient Elamites. Later in the 2nd century, we see evidence of it used as flooring, in Sri Lankan palaces. It eventually became a favorite of other royalty, with encaustic tiles incorporated into Westminster Palace in England during the 19th century.
Meanwhile, the Egyptians are the first people we know of to cut stone bricks for flooring, in addition to building colossal monuments out of the material. By the time of the Greeks, 3000 years ago, small rounded stones were used to create mosaics, though they were eventually replaced with tile pieces. However, when the Greeks fell to the Romans, stone made a comeback and was often used in concordance with below-ground heating.
Benefits of Tile & Stone
Tile is incredibly durable. The glazing utilized in today's manufacturing process makes the material easy-to-clean and moisture resistant. As a result, the flooring is particularly popular in rooms with heavy foot traffic and humidity, such as bathrooms, kitchens, and mudrooms.
Stone is similarly resistant to wear and easily maintainable. A simple sweep can take care of hair, dirt, and other debris. A mop will take care of the rest. A naturally cool material, it will help make your house more comfortable in the summer and when combined with underfloor heating, feel just as luxurious in the winter.
Take advantage of the many benefits of tile and stone in your home by turning to InsideOut Renovations in Lincoln, NE. Since 2005, the remodeling contractor has assisted homeowners in Lancaster County and the surrounding areas by bringing their home design dreams to life. View examples of their impressive tile and stone on their website or request a consultation today at (402) 474-0028.