Interestingly, subway tile made its first major public appearance within New York City’s first underground subway system. It was used to line the system’s interior walls and to create signs labeling various stops.
Since its introduction in the commercial sphere subway tile has become common within residential spaces, such as kitchens and bathrooms. Although you’re still likely to see subway tile in office buildings and other establishments, you’re also equally as likely to see this style in a Flagstaff home.
The simple design that defines subway tile, any rectangular tile that is twice as long as it is tall, has proven to be an enduring interior design trend. We encourage you to read on to learn more about subway tile, and to consider adding it to your Flagstaff home.
Subway Tile Advantages
Versatile—The simple design of subway tile doesn’t succumb to a trend, nor is it bland enough to be forgotten. For this reason, many consider subway tile to be timeless. Subway tile can be made from stone, ceramic, and glass and is available in a wide range of colors. How much you want to emphasize or downplay its appearance is really up to you. Regardless, the timelessness of this tile makes it very versatile, and it accommodates a number of different interior design styles well.
Easy To Maintain—Although the durability and longevity of tile is largely dependent on the material it’s made out of, subway tiles do tend to be on the larger side, which makes them easy to clean. In most cases you can wipe a subway tile backsplash clean with just a damp rag and water, or potentially a mild cleaning agent.
Subway Tile Precautions
Slippery When Wet—We don’t recommend that you use subway tile to finish the floor of your tile shower, as these tiles offer little traction when wet. A smaller-sized tile will do a better job at preventing slips and falls. However, don’t hesitate adding subway tile to your shower walls or as a kitchen backsplash, counter, or floor.
Here at Floor Coverings International Flagstaff we look forward to helping you find the perfect Subway tile for your kitchen or bathroom. We proudly serve the greater Flagstaff, Sedona areas and offer free consultations. Call us today!
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