Stainless steel nails are becoming increasingly popular with home and workplace applications.
But as the stainless steel nail technology matures, some homeowners are looking to replace the steel nails with stainless steel tiles.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office released a patent for a new type of stainless steel tile that uses a mixture of stainless and a non-porous material.
The patented tiles would be used in buildings that use electrical wiring and would provide “precise and uniform” tile.
“We’ve found that the existing design can be made to be much more flexible by adding in a nonporous layer,” said Robert G. Jones, director of the U.K.-based International Association of Tile Makers.
The tile can be easily sanded, smoothed, painted or etched to fit a variety of materials, and it can be installed in just minutes.
It’s the first patent to be awarded for the use of a nonporous material in a building tile, which could make it easier to make and sell the tiles.
Some tiles are made from glass, and other types are made of other materials such as copper or aluminum.
“I think it’s an amazing innovation,” said Thomas F. Wieder, chairman of the board at Tiles.com, an online retailer of stainless tile tiles.
“It could be very attractive to the home builder.” The U