Metal Tile / August 28, 2018 / FifineAsselin
For copper you have a few choices unless you have sealed the surface. You may allow the metal tiles to age and simply clean them on a regular basis using water and soap. You may also use a copper cleaner if you want your metal accent tiles for backsplash to remain shiny. However patina copper tiles have a clear coat protection so it will not do any good if you use a copper cleaner on them. Instead just stick to water and soap to keep them clean. You have to apply special care on titanium tiles even if they are only titanium-colored. Never use water and soap on them. Instead prepare a solution with equal parts of water and vinegar and then apply it on the tiles using a clean dry cloth to keep them shiny and clean.
These days more and more people are keeping up with the trend of using metal tiles as accent tiles in their backsplash. They are unique attractive and easy to install; in fact anyone with DIY skills can install them. Aside from their charm metal accent tiles are also quite easy to maintain. Like other things in the house you will eventually need to clean metal tiles to keep them looking good as new. You may use different types of maintenance and care for metal accent tiles depending on the type of metal tile you have and the effect that you want. For instance copper may be stained when it is exposed to moisture and air unless you seal it. However there are some people who prefer this type of aging.
Asphalt which is still used on 90% of the homes in the country has an expected life of 15 to 30 years. Metal on the other hand is often guaranteed by warranty to last 50 years or longer! One thing to be careful about is the installation. Your professional contractor should be a specialist in this type of work. They must follow the manufacturers instructions exactly in order for you to benefit from the warranty. There are often stringent criteria for underlayment flashing preparation of the surface and the like that they must abide by to fulfill the requirements. Metal tile roofing is better at resisting the harshness and extremes of the elements than the more often applied asphalt.