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Tiles can used on walls and floors as well as the roof. See our roof article for more information on roof tiling.
Tiles are made of hard-wearing material such as ceramic, stone, metal, plastic or glass.
Wall tiles can be decorative and also be used to give simulations of other surfaces, such as brick or wood. A vast range of finishes are available.
Tiling is predominant in Asia, and also tropical areas, as the floors are tiled to make then easy to clean, and also cooler.
Whole walls are tiled in intricate patterns.
This is also the case in Middle Eastern and Muslim countries where adornment is not allowed, so artistic expression is made via ornate interlocking patterns of tiles.
Wooden tiling is known as marquetry and is rather expensive and old-fashioned, but is living on in printed designs.
The technology has improved in the past 20 years due to advances in materials sciences, and technology, allowing mass production of a wider range of useful finishes.