How to choose tiles for your home

2015-10-22 06:00
When selecting bathroom tiles, kitchen tiles or outdoor tiles, one must pay attention to the water absorption and slip-resistance of the tile.PHOTO: supplied

When selecting bathroom tiles, kitchen tiles or outdoor tiles, one must pay attention to the water absorption and slip-resistance of the tile.PHOTO: supplied

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SELECTING the right tiles for your home can be overwhelming, especially with the wide range of available tile choices.

When selecting bathroom tiles, kitchen tiles or outdoor tiles, one must pay attention to the water absorption and slip-resistance of the tile.

Homeowners usually mull over the type of tile that will best suit their home, what size and colour to choose and if the colour will suit their current furnishings.

It is important to take these practical considerations into account when embarking on a tiling project.

• Consider the area to be tiled

Will the tiles be used for the floor or wall? Is it a high traffic area? Is the installation inside or outside and will it be exposed to moisture?

• Select the type of tile required

The next step is to decide what type of tiles you would like to use. Ceramic is one of the most common floor tile types featuring a layer of glaze on the top surface. They can be used in most rooms in the home. Porcelain tiles are some of the hardest and strongest tiles available and are well-known for their superior stain resistance and durability.

• Test the tile in the environment

Request a sample from the store to test the tile in the room in which it’s going to be used before purchasing the full stock of tiles.

• Calculate the quantity of tiles needed

Don’t forget to include areas that may not be seen such as underneath the furniture and kitchen cupboards, unless these are built-in. Remember to subtract doors and windows from the total amount when calculating the wall area.

• Tools and supplies

Make a list of the supplies and tools that you require, including the tile adhesive and grout.

• Select a tiler

Appoint an experienced tiler to ensure that the project is completed professionally, on time and on budget. - Supplied.

It is important to take these practical considerations into account when embarking on a tiling project

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