Why are ceramic tiles still used in Israeli houses?
Posted On July 28, 2021
The ceramic tiles in Israeli homes are still used, despite the ban, according to a new study published by the Jerusalem Post.
The report is the latest in a long line of studies which show that the use of ceramic tiles remains an important source of revenue for Israel’s economy.
The study, conducted by the University of Southern California’s Center for the Study of Israeli Housing, found that the demand for ceramic tiles has remained high, with a demand of between 60 and 80 percent for each square meter of floor space.
The average demand for each unit is between 3 and 4.5 kilogrammes per square meter, the report stated.
“Ceramic tiles are still an important part of the Israeli market,” said Dr. Daniel Avidor, the author of the report and the University’s director of the Center for Israel and the Palestinian Studies.
“While the demand is growing, the supply of ceramic tile has not.
The supply of this product is extremely low, with only about one-third of the supply being delivered to the market,” Avider said.”
This means that even if the demand goes up, the amount of tiles that are needed to build new houses is very low.”
The lack of availability of ceramic materials has contributed to the low price of tiles in the market, according the study.
According to Avidin, the lack of demand for tiles has led to a significant decrease in the amount that Israel collects from the sale of these tiles.
“The reason for the decrease is because it is so expensive,” he said.
The average price of ceramic floors in the Israeli economy is $15 per square metre, according Avid, and the price is rising at a faster rate than the price of the tiles themselves.
“At this point, it’s not surprising that the prices are going up,” Avad said.
He added that the government of Israel is working to raise the prices of tiles.
In an interview with Al Jazeera, Avid said that the lack.
of demand has also led to an increase in the price that the Israelis pay for the tiles.
Avidin said that because of the lack, it is also very difficult to find a place for ceramic tile cleaning to be done, which leads to the need for a larger number of people to be employed in the business of cleaning up the tiles, which results in a higher price for the consumers.
“A lot of people don’t want to do this,” Avide said.
“They think they can make money by cleaning the tiles.”
The study found that it was not only the availability of these products, but also the lack thereof, which contributed to a decline in the demand.
“When you talk about the availability, the demand, the price, the availability and the quantity of tiles, it all points to the same thing,” Avidy said.
Avidy explained that while Israel has invested heavily in its water infrastructure and water-treatment plants, its population is still growing.
“With that population, there’s a growing demand for water,” Avidi said.
According the study, the shortage of water in the country has led people to abandon their homes in search of water, as well as the lack in water treatment facilities.
According Avidon, Israel has been struggling with its water supply for decades.
“If the government has not addressed the problem, and if the water treatment infrastructure is not in place, there will be no water in Israel,” he added.