What cannot be taken away from metal tiles is durability! Metal serves for a very long time. Moreover, thanks to the strength and ductility, metal mosaics and tiles will not be afraid of impacts, it is incredibly difficult to damage them. This finish is really obtained “for centuries”, until the owners get tired of it. In addition, modern technologies make it possible to make surprisingly beautiful mosaics of various shapes from ordinary steel, which can decorate any kitchen apron..
An important feature of using metal tiles in wet rooms is that they must be protected in the form of a polymer coating. Of course, stainless steel is not afraid of the appearance of patina, but additional protection will not hurt to increase the service life..
The downside of metal tiles, as you can clearly see in this photo, is that all stains will be perfectly visible on the glossy surface. After wet cleaning, you will have to rub the mosaic or tile with a dry cloth to avoid such an unsightly effect..
In general, grouting metal tiles is similar to the same process for ceramic tiles. However, you need to use only a rubber spatula so as not to scratch the surface. In addition, it is difficult to find the right color – silver, golden, brass. Dangerous and filled grout, which is used for wide joints. Therefore, a minimum gap is usually left between the metal tiles..
It looks interesting metal tiles with texture, with various patterns and ornaments, squeezed out, minted on the surface. This option can even fit into a classic interior – it doesn’t look as cold at all as just shiny metal.
The metal plates of the tiles are quite thin, not too heavy, which allows them to be used even on the ceiling, where ceramic tiles are practically not used.
Using metal tiles on the floor is more difficult. Firstly, metal makes a booming sound when walking, which few people will like. Secondly, glossy metal will be very slippery, and this is already dangerous. Therefore, metal floor tiles are often made perforated and are used most often in non-residential premises..
The possibilities of producing modern metal tiles allow us to achieve the 3D effect that is fashionable today. This further expands the choice of such finishes, allowing you to experiment with the interior..
Designers advise, if it seems to you that too much metal is bad, combine metal tiles or mosaics with ordinary ceramic tiles, use them as decorative inserts.
As for the price, metal tiles cannot be called a budget option. If a floor metal plate 30×30 cm in size and 1 mm thick can be bought for 100-110 rubles, then for a tile with embossing and a pattern measuring 7.5×7.5 cm you will have to pay about 250 rubles.