Faux Metal Tiles
Faux metal tiles have been made from a number
of raw materials, such as ceramic and metal amalgamations. There
are even some made from cardboard. If you are looking for a cheap
alternative to the durable and standard metal tiles like bronze,
stainless steel, and copper faux offers an attractive alternative.
However, many times there are unsuspecting buyers ready to part
with their money for less than legitimate metal tiles. Refer to
the FAQ article “What you should be aware of when buying metal
Craft hobbyists use a variety of techniques
and materials to simulate the look and feel of metal tiles. Some
of these techniques include the use of metallic paints, pastes,
pigment powders, and embossing devices. Some faux metal tiles
are composites, using a ceramic substrate as the backing and plating
it with an inexpensive metal alloy like pewter. These can be very
impressive from a distance or close up. However, they fool no
one when hefted. This lesser mass does make installation of faux
metal tiles much easier and less expensive.
Basically, if you intend to use faux metal
tiles on walls and ceilings, you will probably get away with it.
They can look as good, but not always, as the originals. Just
don?t use them for flooring.