Tiles

 
  • A tile is a manufactured piece of hard-wearing material such as ceramic, stone, metal, or even glass,
  • generally used for covering roofs, floors, walls, showers, or other objects such as tabletops.
  • Alternatively, tile can sometimes refer to similar units made from lightweight materials such as perlite, wood, and mineral wool, typically used for wall and ceiling applications. In another sense, a tile is a construction tile or similar object, such as rectangular counters used in playing games (see tile-based game).
  • The word is derived from the French word tuile, which is, in turn, from the Latin word tegula, meaning a roof tile composed of fired clay.
  • Tiles are often used to form wall and floor coverings, and can range from simple square tiles to complex mosaics.
  • Tiles are most often made of ceramic, typically glazed for internal uses and unglazed for roofing, but other materials are also commonly used,
    • such as glass,
    • cork, concrete
    • and other composite:
      • materials,
      • and stone.
  • Tiling stone is typically marble, onyx, granite or slate.
  • Thinner tiles can be used on walls than on floors, which require more durable surfaces that will resist impacts.