Important Things You Should Consider When You’re Choosing Tiles
Are you planning on purchasing tiles for your floors? Whether you’re building a new house or renovating your flooring, then it’s best to get the quality tiles that ensure strength and a beautiful appearance to your home! However, it might be difficult trying to look for the best tiles suitable for you and your home. That’s because there are a ton of tiles to choose from in different stores.
So if it’s your first time purchasing tiles, then read on as I show you the different factors to consider when selecting tiles!
You don’t need to spend countless of hours looking into different tiles and designs. Here are the top factors to consider when selecting tiles:
For starters, it’s important to look into the tile’s durability. With that being said, it should have the strong wear rating that ensures that it will look and function properly.
The level of wear your floor is subjected to depends on the area you’re applying it to and how much you use it, as well as how susceptible it is on collecting dirt.
- Class 0 isn’t best for floors
- Class 1 is best for those who are barefoot or wearing soft slippers and aren’t exposed to abrasion
- Class 2 is for typical living rooms
- Class 3 is for areas frequently walked around on with normal shoes
- Class 4 is for hotels and commercial kitchens that undergo more wear and stress
- Class 5 is for glazed floor coverings subject to very heavy foot traffic
Stain and Slip Resistance
Of course, you will want tiles that aren’t only with a low water absorption rate, but with the proper stain resistance to ensure that it continues to look great while resisting moisture. That way, you won’t have to worry about permanent staining or having to constantly clean after a few spills.
Stain resistance of your tiles would vary, spending on the capacity of its moisture resistance. Those with low water absorption without the sealers would have the better stain resistance and longer service life, as well as ease of cleaning.
Also, it’s best to look or tiles that are slip resistance to avoid any accidents, especially if you are using it for high-traffic areas with children, the elderly, or disabled people.
Supports Heavy Weight
If you will be installing tiles on a high-traffic area or for commercial rooms, then it’s best to look into its overall support and how much weight it can handle. You wouldn’t want it to end up getting damaged after applying much pressure onto it when carrying heavy materials or from frequent stepping.
Look into tiles that have the high-point-load capacity and the bending strength to easily carry weight you put on it. Go for thick tiles, as the thicker the tile, the greater the load it can take. This goes especially for areas with heavy furniture or equipment.
Where Are the Tiles Placed and Layout
This is one of the primary factors to consider when choosing tiles. Where will it end up being?
Will you be installing tiles on high-traffic areas where many people will be using the room? Consider how you’ll be using it as well. If you plan on installing tile floors on the kitchen or bathroom, then ensure that it’s durable and water-resistant, as well as it being easy to clean. You wouldn’t want your tiles to be slippery when on the shower floor or on wet kitchen floors while cooking!
Also, consider the layout and how you want the tiles to be spaced. Would you like the tiles to stand out, or do you want more space between your tiles (meaning more grout).
Colors, Patterns, and Size
Last but not the least, consider the type of design and patterns you want for your tiles. Will you want something that stands out with bold colors or patterns, or a neutral color that suits your room’s interior design?
Also, consider the size of your tiles. Large tiles make the room look bigger and more spacious, while smaller tiles have rooms look more intimate. However, small tiles will have more grout lines, which makes the room look complex.
Consider your current style
As mentioned, there are many different patterns colours and shapes of tiles out there, and while you might be tempted to pick something completely different, it is important that you think about the current way in which you have styled your property. You can get some really good ideas from home decor magazines and websites, but you really should try to work style that you have your current home when making your tile choice.
Think about the tile size – If you are considering putting tiles in your home or office, you need to consider the size of the area in which they will be placed. Obviously, if the room is a small sized one, then smaller tiles are the better choice. As the rooms become bigger, then larger tiles are perfect.
Different tiles for different places – You can choose between floor tiles and wall tiles, but the two cannot cross over. Even though you might see a wall tile that is the perfect colour and pattern for your decor, you cannot install it on the floor of your property. All tiles are made from a completely different glaze, and are not designed to be able to put up with heavy foot traffic.
Buying ceramic or porcelain tiles
It can be hard to tell the difference between porcelain and ceramic tiles. Their manufacturing process is indeed very similar but the two have different properties.
The difference lies in the materials used and the firing process. Ceramic tiles are made using generic clay baked to reduce water content. Porcelain tiles contain only fine white clay and are fired at a higher temperature than ceramics. This makes porcelain tiles harder, denser and less porous.
As a result, ceramics are an affordable choice for walls in low moisture areas like living spaces or hallways. Porcelain tiles are naturally more durability and water resistance making them perfect for areas that are prone to moisture like bathrooms and kitchens.
At the end of the day, it comes down to budget too. Looking to quickly revamp your home in the short term? Then you’ll want to look at ceramics. If you want a look that will last, then go for porcelain tiles.
On a personal note, I went for ceramics in my kitchen and bathroom. Three years down the line, they both look great. If I had my tile choice again, I would choose porcelain tiles in my kitchen.
Choosing your grout
Once you’ve chosen your tiles, it is time to consider grout. Grout is the spreadable mixture that is applied to the crevices between each tile ensuring that they are impervious to water. When choosing grout, you will need to pick something that can be maintained – tiles and grout require your attention. However, that isn’t to say you can’t have fun with it. Grout comes in a variety of colours and has recently become a way to mix up your bathroom design. Coloured grout is a great option if you have chosen colourful tiles. For example, if you have a dark tile, white grout may be a bit too sharp. Whereas, a grout that has a similar tone could be more desirable. If you do want a sharp pop of colour, white and other colours are always an option for darker tiles. A trend that we’ve been loving recently is the use of neutral metro tiles paired with brightly coloured grout. It creates a fun and interesting look.
To go for patterned or plain tiles
Now we are getting to the nitty gritty of picking tiling! Choosing a pattern or a plain.
If you’re feeling bold, you’ll want to use a funk patterned tiled in your plans. They’re perfect for adding character to a design feature such as a splashback or border, or for creating a designated ‘zone’ in an open space.
Patterned tiles often create the biggest impact in isolated areas. In my own kitchen, I went for a very geometric design which I love. The busy pattern tricks the eye into thinking there is more floor space than there actually it! It’s a great for a small home like mine.
If you want a more minimal look, then you’ll want to go for plain tiles. These doesn’t mean they have to be dull! Pick tiles with texture or a high gloss finish. I did a makeover on my friend’s kitchen in very matt hexagonal wall tiles to great effect when contrasted with his high gloss kitchen units.