Terracotta Wall and Floor Tiles
Terracotta tiles, from the Latin terra cotta meaning baked earth are just that:
Terracotta is a traditional, authentic flooring tiles that possess a warmth, a charm and a character, often missing from more contemporary factory produced alternatives .
Spain and Mexico tend to be the main sources of terracotta floor tiles sold in the UK, however it is possible to buy terracotta from a range of other countries such as China, Vietman, Iran and India.
Terracotta tiles as a flooring was a popular choice in the 1980’s and 1990’s in the UK as the unsophisticated warm finish it offered complemented the design requirements of the time which tended to focus on rustic, farmhouse/cottage style kitchens and barn conversions.
Since then the fashion and demand for natural tiles has shifted towards stone and travertine, however the demand for terracotta floor tiles still remains solid in more rural locations especially for barn conversions.
Terracotta tiles fall into one of two categories: Machine made terracotta tiles and Handmade terracotta tiles.
Machine Made Terracotta Floor Tiles
Our Jose Sempre range of Machine Made terracotta tile tends to be a more highly fired, disciplined, more vitrified tile similar to a quarry tiles, yet still possessing warmth and charm. A mellow sandy coloured terracotta tile, the tones varying from pale seinna to burnt amber. The smooth and manicured look fits well in any location and works well in contemporary settings.
Our range of Handmade or semi hand-made terracotta tiles are much more varied and rustic in appearance and are formed by pressing raw clay into molds: this produces a durable but low density tile. Handmade terracotta tiles act as excellent insulators underfoot and are especially suitable for use in conjunction with underfloor heating systems.
Hand-made terracotta tends to be either a honey/beige in colour or a rich leather red colour. In addition some tiles can be almost salmon pink in appearance.This terracotta tile shows all the characteristics associated with a handmade terracotta tile: attractive colour, tone variation, minor structural deficiencies such as pitting, nooks and crannies on the surface and edges of the tile.
Do I Have to Seal Terracotta (Terra cotta) Tiles?
As with all natural tiles and grouting, sealing and maintenance is very important. In order to get the best out of your terracotta floor tiles it is vital to consider the sealing options and then to follow the prescribed maintenance regime as this will not only ensure that the natural character of the floor is fully enhanced, but also with correct maintenance the floor will continue to look at its best for many years.
For further information on Cleaning, Sealing and Maintaining Terracotta (Traditional Method) please visit LTP
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