Interestingly, Subway tiles were originally used to finish the interior walls of New York City’s first underground subway system. Since their first major public appearance, Subway tiles have become a timeless interior design trend. Today, you can easily spot these rectangular tiles in commercial spaces, but you’re also likely to see them in residential kitchens and bathrooms. We encourage you to read on to learn more about Subway tiles, and to consider adding them to your Monmouth County home.
What Are They Made Of?
Unlike other tiles, whose names refer to the material they’re made of, the term “Subway” describes a particular style of tile. A Subway tile is any tile that has a length twice as long as its width, or as a general rule, the dimensions 3×6 inches. Subway tiles are commonly made of ceramic, but can also be made using glass, marble, or metal.
Where Can You Find Them?
Subway tiles are frequently used to create kitchen or bathroom backsplashes and tile showers. The look of Subway tiles is timeless, and generally these tasteful tiles mix well with a variety of different interior design and architectural styles. On one end of the spectrum, white ceramic Subway tiles are often used to create simple but elegant bathrooms. On the other end, homeowners have also used bright-colored glass Subway tiles to create backsplashes that are the centerpiece of kitchens.
Subway Tile Advantages
Easy to clean—Subway tiles tend to be on the larger side, which makes them easy to clean and maintain. Many homeowners find that the grout between Subway tiles requires replacement before the tiles themselves. Furthermore, depending on where Subway tiles are located the buildup of mildew and mold can vary. For instance, a Subway tile shower will likely require repair before a Subway tile backsplash, based on its frequent exposure to moisture. Luckily, like all tiles, Subway tiles can be replaced one-by-one, making repairs quick and affordable.
Design Versatility—The foundation of Subway tiles is a simple, yet polished design. However, beyond the basic requirement that Subway tiles maintain a rectangular shape, homeowners can really do whatever they’d like with this style. These tiles are available in a wide range of materials, colors, and textures, which allows homeowners to emphasize or downplay them as much as they want.
Here at Floor Coverings International Monmouth County we’d love to help you find the right tiles for your home. We offer a wide selection of options, which we encourage you to take a look at in our product gallery. Our design experts proudly serve the greater Monmouth and Ocean County areas and offer free consultations. Call us today!
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