In Focus – Exterior Tiles


In Focus

Exterior 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. 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. Just like the ones used indoors, outdoor tiles come in a dizzying array of colours, textures, styles, and materials. However, unlike their indoor counterparts, outdoor tiles need to be strong, hard, and durable enough to withstand the elements. Whether it be extreme heat, rain, snow, heavy use, or all of these, they need to be able to withstand them while providing us with a space that is both attractive and functional. Unfortunately, not all tiles and materials can be, or should be used for all applications. Some tiles fair better in different temperatures and conditions than others, so it would be wise to take your time, read up, and choose carefully.

There are many types of outdoor tiles. Ceramic tiles are made from clay and are one of the most diverse options as they come in many colours, patterns, shapes, and sizes. They are the most commonly used tile material indoors but they can also be used outdoors as well.

Porcelain tiles are much more suited for outdoor use than ceramic tiles. Not only do they not mildew or stain, but they also have such a low water absorption rate, that they are near waterproof. This is because of the fact that when they are made, the porcelain is fired at much higher temperatures, and it is this high temperature process which makes them more durable and dense than ceramic tiles which means a better tile for outdoor use. The way they are manufactured also allows them to be produced with more intricate textures that so closely mimic those of stone tiles.

Quarry Tiles while not actually coming from quarried stone as they did in the past, these unglazed clay tiles are very tough and function extremely well as outdoor tiles for patio use. Unlike ceramic and porcelain tiles, quarry tiles are typically only found in a few colours. The thickness and the fact that they are very dense, makes them an extremely durable and strong tile that can take the abuse of the outdoors.Quarry tiles also have a very low water absorption rate, allowing the homeowner to use them in wet areas without any problems.

Sandstone Tiles, one of the most popular materials for construction and building since the ancient times, also makes for beautiful tiles. As a sedimentary rock it is made up of tiny particles of other rocks and sand which have been displaced by wind and water.

Granite Tiles typically found in the U.S., Brazil, and India. Granite is the strongest and most durable of all the stone tiles. It is also naturally waterproof and will not stain or absorb oils like other materials. This is true even without sealing. It can easily take heavy traffic, is extremely scratch resistant, won’t chip or crack, is a cinch to clean, and is almost impenetrable to bacteria. These natural qualities make granite one of the most popular outdoor floor tiles.

Limestone Tiles is formed underwater by shells, coral, algae and calcium carbonate. Another material favoured by builders since ancient times, limestone is easy to cut and work with, yet still strong and durable. Usually gray, tan, brown, or red in color this strong, heavy material was used to make castles and even the Great Pyramid at Giza.

Travertine Tiles is a type of limestone which is known for its small pits, caused by gas escaping during its formation giving it a spongy looking texture. These pits are usually filled in making cleaning easy however many people think it adds to their character and charm.Travertine was used to build the Coliseum and many other famous structures worldwide.

Soapstone Tiles originally got its name for its soft texture, which can feel almost slippery to the touch like soap. This comes from the fact that it is mostly made up of talc. It was used by many native cultures to make pots, pans, and bowls because of its high heat resistance, the fact that it’s almost impervious to water, and the ease in which it could be carved.

Slate tiles are natural stone tiles which are cut from metamorphic rock. They are usually mostly grey in color. But being natural stone, there is always variation in their color and markings, so they can vary from orange to purple. They also have surfaces which are uneven, making them look even more unique and natural. Their uniqueness, natural look, color, and feel make slate a great outdoor tile for patio use. Slate is also good in wet conditions and its uneven surface is very slip resistant. However, you should only consider slate if you live in a warmer climate, because slate is not suitable for freezing temperatures.

Outdoor rubber tiles are perhaps the easiest way to enjoy a soft slip resistant area without spending a lot of money. While they don’t have the beauty or natural look of other outdoor tiles, they have many other advantages worth considering. They come in a variety of textures, colors, and sizes, and are extremely tough. This makes them great tiles for children’s play areas, patios, around pools, and other places where you need a soft surface with tons of grip. This combined with the fact that they are not as expensive as stone or porcelain tiles means you save money not only when purchasing, but on the fact that there is no installation cost.

Outdoor Deck Tiles, just like rubber tiles, are great for the DIY homeowner. They come in many textures, colors, and materials. And conveniently they usually snap together or interlock and can simply be placed down on any semi-flat surface with no messy grout, or installation fees. They can even be placed right on top of your existing deck, patio, or even on top of the lawn.

Outdoor Carpet Tiles are square pieces of carpeting. This is in contrast to your typical rolled carpeting. They can be a much more convenient way to go because sections that are worn, stained, or damaged can easily be removed, replaced, or swapped.

As you can see, there are many types of outdoor tiles to choose from. While all have their good points, some might not be the right fit for your space or function. However, if you take it slow and ask yourself the right questions, you will find the right outdoor tile for your needs, your space, and save money and time in choosing correctly the first time around.

Exterior Tile Companies in India

Orient Bell Ltd.

Orient Tiles was incorporated as a public limited company in1977. It acquired Bell Ceramics in 2010 and after the merger was completed, it was renamed as Orient Bell Ltd. in 2012, which also manufactures and markets exterior wall and floor tiles.

Address + Phone Number

Iris House, 16 Business Centre, Nangal raya, N.Delhi 110046 ; 011 47119100/9200 /1800 208 1015

Kajaria Ceramics Ltd.

Kajaria Ceramics Ltd., is one of the largest manufacturer of ceramic vitrified tiles in India. The company has 8 manufacturing plants, 5 in Gujarat and one each in Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. The exterior tiles includes collection of glazed vitrified tiles.

Address + Phone Number + Email

J1/B1(Extn.), Mohan Co-op Industrial Estate, Mathura Road, N.Delhi 110044 ; 011 26946409 ;

H & R Johnson (India)

H & R Johnson (India), was established in 1958, is a division of Prism Cement Ltd. The exterior tiles range is marketed under the brand name Endura and Johnson.

Address + Phone Number + Email

Windsor, 7th Floor, C.S.T Road, Kalina, Santacruz (East), Mumbai 400098 ; 022 30647300 / 26547300 ;

Keramos Tile & Stone Pvt. Ltd.

Keramos Tile & Stone Pvt. Ltd., was established in 1981, has the widest range in handcrafted stone, clay, glass, mirror, stainless steel tiles.

Address + Phone Number + Email

F – 580, Lado Sarai(next to Crescent Mall), N.Delhi 110030 ; 011 46032764/ 41665102 ;

Nitco Ltd.

Nitco Tiles was established in 1953, headquartered in Mumbai, is one of the top tile companies in India and also offers vitrified heavy duty exterior tiles.

Address + Phone Number + Email

Nitco House, Station Road, Kanjur Marg (E), Mumbai 400042 ; 022 67521555/ 2225782951/ 1800 209 9898 (Toll Free) ;

Asian Granito India Ltd.

Asian Granito India Ltd., was established in the year 2000, is also consideredv as one of the largest ceramic companies in India. The company’s exterior tile range is contempoprary and modern.

Address + Phoen Number + Email

202, Dev Arc, Opp. Iskcon Temple, S.G.Highway, Ahmedabad 380015 ; 079 66125500/5698 ;

Restile Ceramics Ltd.

Restile Ceramics Ltd., was established in the year 1986, headquartered in Hyderabad, is in the flooring tiles business and also considered a pioneer in vitrified tiles.

Address + Phone Number

301 &302, Aditya trade Centre, Aditya Enclave Road, Ameerpet, Hyderabad 500016 ; 1800 425 2949 (Toll Free) / 09848156136

Ultra Tile Pvt Ltd.

Ultra Tile Pvt. Ltd., with headquarters in Chennai, established in 1993, having 14 manufacturing units spread out across the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Rajasthan. Their range of exterior tiles includes ultra designer tiles, fibre reinforced heavy duty cement concrete tiles, fibre reinforced heavy duty designer tiles.

Address + Phone Number + Email

K P M Sapphire, No 26, 11th Avenue, Ashok Nagar, Chennai 600083 ; 044 24715113/5114 ;

Somany Ceramics Ltd.

Somany Ceramics Ltd., was established in 1969, is a major presence as a leading and formidable force in the Indian tile sector. The Durastone brand of it’s exterior tiles is well known.

Address + Phone Number + Email

F -36, Sector -6, Noida 201301 ; 0120 4627900 ;

Hindustan Sanitaryware & Industries Ltd.(HSIL)

HSIL, was formerly known as Hindustan Twyfords Ltd., was established in 1960, and was renamed as Hindustan Sanitaryware & Industries Ltd., in 1967. The exterior tiles offeredf by the company is Exterio Vitrified tiles.

Address + Phone Number

301 -302, Park Centra, Sector -30, National Highway, Gurgaon ; 0124 4779200

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