Picture this! You step into one of your friends house, he or she has this lavish home beautifully decorated with wall hangings, couple of flashy antiques in some corner of the living room, walls immaculately colored with precision, everything is just about perfect. But then, one glance down on the floor and you see lack lustre flooring with near-dead appearance. How will you rate the house on aesthetics? Not too high I guess, isn’t it? That the impact a floor has on the entire room and your house as a whole, it can make or break the entire impression on which your four wall stand firm.
Floor tiles have been given increasing importance in architectural sciences. Be it the offices, service rooms, hotels, airports, hospitals, not to mention homes, the flooring is the first big impression creator. The choice of good flooring is equally important as the color, features etc. Add to it the fact that the flooring you once select stays with you till the next big renovation attempt and you’d soon realize the criticality of good flooring.
The most common modus for flooring in modern era is the implementation of floor tiles. The floor tiles are (mostly) square blocks of various materials (mostly stone or ceramics) available in various sizes depending upon the requirement. These square blocks are arranged tightly against each other on floor to form an array of floor tiles.
Ideally, each room in a home can have floor tiles & woodpecker flooring with different couture suiting its purpose. Bathroom, for example, will have tiles that would be anti-skid in nature. Kitchen may have wooden tiles, living room can have digital tiles with flashy images, and bedroom can have simple ceramic tiles of specific flavour. Corporate lobbies, hotels, airports, etc. need more of a glittering feeling reflected from the floors while hospitals, schools, etc. need to give the walker a feeling of hygienic environment.
The most common materials used for floor tiles include granite, marble, ceramic, glass, wood, etc. The ceramic tiles are the most popular due to their abundant availability, low cost and flexibility to be moulded into any shape. Moreover, the ceramic tiles are easy to maintain and clean. Floor tiles require material with high hardness coefficient. Owning to this softer material like limestone, rubber, etc. is not used for tile manufacturing processes.
Though beauty is one of the most important considerations while selecting the tile, it is not the only consideration. Reflection coefficient of the tiles has a strong repercussion on the illumination of the rooms; therefore tiles with good reflection are preferred for living room surroundings. The technological advancements have ensured that any combination of color, shapes and sized are possible. The permutations and combinations available are limitless.
Durability of tiles is another key differentiator for floor tiles. Many a times, people get foxed by the aesthetic appeal of the tiles. The floor tiles, just ‘look’ sensationally irresistible for the audience, however many aesthetic tiles are easily susceptible to frequent damages. As we discussed in the earlier part of this article, a tile is a one-time activity and the next round means a complete overhaul of your flooring.
The Market for floor tiles, like any other market or industry would keep on churning product variants as per the demand floated by its consumers. Being a dynamic industry with a various volatile product lifecycle, the tile manufacturers have to be on top of their design cycles and introduce sustained innovation for growth. Everyone looks out for unique flooring and one that would not only reflect the individual’s house but also a style statement. And ‘that’ is the most difficult element to replicate.