5 Easy Ways To Help You Select Your Tiles

 

1. Talk with an Experienced Tile Showroom Consultant

They will not only ask you some important questions to assist you with your selections, but they will be able to help you with “Best Tiling Practices”.

You think you need small tiles because it is a small area?
The common rule with tiles is; the larger the tiles the less grout lines there will be, which in turn will make the room look bigger because it is not so ‘busy’ looking. The best idea is to look for the colour and texture of the tiles that you like first, then see what size it is available in.

You want Grip tiles in your Bathroom because you are worried tiles will be slippery?
Choose a tile with a surface you feel comfortable with. “Grip” tiles are usually only used for outdoors and can be difficult to clean indoors. It is what we do to tiles that can make them slippery. Soap or shampoo buildup can cause this problem. A degree of caution is always necessary and we recommend always using a bathmat outside the shower. Remember that wet vinyl or concrete are also slippery.

How do I know the difference between wall and floor tiles?
Wall tiles are normally made with a lighter and softer backing than floor tiles. Also a Wall tile glaze is not designed to handle the abrasive forces from foot traffic. Floor tiles have a different rating of hardness which makes them suitable to walk on without showing wear. Rule of thumb; Wall tiles can only be laid on the Wall, but Floor tiles can be laid on either Floors or Walls, and it is becoming quite popular to lay Floor Tiles up the Walls as well.

2. Visit a specialised Tile Showroom

Looking at one tile by itself can make it hard to imagine what the tiles will look like on a whole. Going to a specialised tile showroom where the displays are designed incorporating floor, wall and mosaic feature tiles will make it easier to visualise how:

  • Different sized tiles & colours can be applied to your own home.
  • Important examples of the difference between matt or polished tiles.
  • It will show you the difference between a contrasting grout and the same colour grout.
  • The difference between laying the tiles on the wall vertically & horizontally can also make.

3. Take home Tile Samples to try in your Own Home, to further help your selection

In different lights the colour of the tiles can change, they will also look completely different between day and night. Tiles also pick up the colours around them. So by taking samples home and laying them out for a few days, you will get a feel for which ones you like and whether they suit the rest of your décor.

4. Make sure you are buying Guaranteed Quality

Tile manufacturers grade their products first or second grade as they come out of the factory. Ensure your Tile Supplier stands behind their product 100% and get First Grade tiles to make sure you get Quality - Guaranteed!

5. Get a Free Quote

Knowing how many tiles you need can be difficult. Most tiles are sold by the square metre. This means the area to be tiled needs to be carefully measured to work out how many square metres are needed. This is preferably done by your tiler, but provided you have suitably detailed drawings, this can be worked out for you. You will also need to allow for suitable cutting wastage. Ie: +10% for 450x450 tiles or smaller and +15% for 600x600 tiles. Once you know the quantity needed, we will be able to give you a price on how much your investment will cost before proceeding.