Buying Tiles

Why Buy Ceramic Flooring Tile?

Ceramic tile is a popular choice for today’s homes. It is durable, easy to clean and gives rooms an upscale look. Ceramic tile is available in a number of sizes, shapes, textures and colors, and can match almost any decorating style.
Laying ceramic tile is a job that handy homeowners can do themselves with patience and a bit of guidance. However, mislaid or unevenly spaced tiles will look shabby and removing them will be a chore, so if you doubt your abilities leave the installation to a professional.
The trend in ceramic tiles used to be to stay as neutral as possible. In fact, most tiles sold for home use were either white, almond or grey. Nowadays, white and almond are still the most common, but people are experimenting more with colour. Colours are getting warmer and brighter, as well as clearer and cleaner.
The current trend seems to be heading towards the larger tiles such as the 350 x 350mm and the 430 x 430mm.
It tends to get a little tricky when one begins to choose tiles larger than the above to lay as a first time installer as anything bigger you will have to make perfectly sure that the underlayment has to be even and level.

 

Types of Ceramic Flooring Tile

According to Tile manufacturers, there are two major types of ceramic tile. Quarry tile is made by extrusion from natural clay or shale. The other type is made by compacting clay dust. The second category includes wall tile, mosaic tiles and floor tile. Any ceramic tile type may be glazed or unglazed, including porcelain tiles.

  • Glazed tiles are available in high-gloss, matte, and abrasive slip-resistant finishes. High-gloss tiles will become slippery when wet. Hand-painted glazed tiles come in beautiful and intricate patterns, but the glaze doesn’t go all the way through, so if it gets chipped, you’re going to see the color inside, which will give your tile a discordant look.
  • Mosaic tile is made from different types of clay with color pigments added so the color goes all the way through the tile. These tiles are available in glazed or unglazed finishes. They also resist moisture and will not chip easily, according to Hometime.com’s home renovation guide.
  • Quarry tile is made from a mixture of unglazed clays. These tiles come in earth tones: gray, red and brown. The color comes from the clay as well as the temperature and duration of firing. These tiles are usually porous and may stain if left unsealed. Quarry tiles come in squares, rectangles and hexagons.
  • Porcelain tile is fired at extreme temperatures, making them stronger and harder than other ceramic tiles. They are extremely wear-resistant and absorb less water than other ceramic tiles, making them an excellent choice for high-traffic areas of the home, especially those regularly exposed to moisture.

 

Tips when Buying Tiles

  1. Measure the area you would like to tile, make sure you do it accurately. You may want to measure it more than once to making sure you have the correct measurements.
  2. Buy more tiles than you would need in order to allow for breakages during or after the installation. You want to save yourself the stress.
  3. Get sample tiles of your choices, which you can then test in the environment in which it is going to be placed to make sure that you are satisfied with the tile in the lighting you have in that specific space as well as whether the colours, shapes and furnishings work alongside your options before purchasing the full amount.
  4. Check that the tile you have chosen will be suitable in its space, in terms of durability, strain, scratch and water resistance. Keep in mind for your floor tile as to whether or not it is a high traffic area such as an entrance hall, as your tile will need to be able to withstand high traffic. When selecting your bathroom tile, be careful not to select anything that may be too slippery.
  5. You may want to consider placing your tiles on a diagonal rather than on the grid. It will add visual interest to your space.
  6. Laying intricate patterns or adding special accents, borders and trim pieces will elevate your costs as it requires a little more expertise to install. But in the long run, may leave your space looking beautiful and stylish.
  7. When looking at your choice of colours, consider the size of the space in which you are wanting to tile. This will play a big role when it comes to making the room appear to be bigger or make it smaller than what it already is. If you have a small space, lighter colours will help the room appear to look larger than what it is. Darker colours will make the room a lot darker and therefore give you the impression that the room is a lot smaller than what it actually is.