This course will explore three building sectorsâ€”hospitality, multifamily housing, and senior housingâ€”and the flooring challenges these projects face, including heavy foot traffic, maintenance, safety, and aesthetics. Hard surface flooring such as tile, luxury vinyl tile, laminate, and engineered wood can be specified throughout these projects to meet the demands of public spaces such as lobbies and restaurants and private areas such as bedrooms and baths. The course will also examine a case study from each sector.
Tile has been manufactured and used in the construction environment for thousands of years, with advancements slowly evolving through the ages. We are now in an era of great tile innovation, with firing, printing, and material technology expanding for more beautiful and statement-worthy product offerings.
This course will explore the history of tile, then introduce the different types of natural stone and man-made tile, including specialty tiles and unique formats that are changing the tile market as we speak. We will discuss their performance benefits, how they are manufactured, and how to design with tile to create stunning, hard-wearing installations.
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