Glass mosaic tiles come in a plethora of designs. There are patterns and colours galore. The texture of some glass mosaic tiles may be identical to that of ceramic tiles. You can buy glass tiles with a glazed or a rough surface depending on where you wish to install them. It is perhaps needless to mention that glazed glass tiles will have limited or no slip resistance. Rough surfaces have a greater coefficient of friction and hence are better for flooring. The real difference between ceramic and glass mosaic tile is always the visual appeal. The sheer flexible of glass tiles opens up an entire spectrum of choices. One amazing luxury is the way you can weave magic with natural and artificial light when you choose glass tiles. Continue reading “Weave Magic with Natural and Artificial Light using Glass Mosaic Tiles”
Stone is a natural flooring option. This does not mean it is completely Eco-friendly as the manufacturing process may have a carbon footprint. No product that is mass produced is truly green or completely Eco-friendly. Handcrafted cement tiles have a much less adverse impact on the environment but the use of sealants and some materials that are used in a few variants are not entirely green. You can consider stone kitchen tiles but only if you choose the right kind.
Stone kitchen tiles are basically pieces of naturally occurring stones put together in the shape of tiles of varying sizes. Common and popular types of stone used for flooring, countertops and back-splashes are granite, travertine, slate, sandstone, onyx and marble. There are many other stones including quartz. Stone tiles can be thin or thick, they can be small or large and they can come in certain patterns. Natural stone has a certain degree of grandeur that no other material can claim. The only exception is hardwood whose natural grain has no equal. Stone kitchen tiles look amazing but they are not always appropriate.
Granite is one of the most popular options when it comes to counter-tops in kitchens. You cannot go wrong with a granite counter-top. If you find the cost of a granite slab too expensive then you can always go for smaller granite tiles and have them installed properly to top the counter. Both slabs and smaller tiles can be equally durable if installed well. Marble is not an ideal candidate for the counter-top but it can always be used for kitchen floors and back-splashes. You should try to avoid stones for back-splashes because they are heavy. Also, stones require some additional maintenance. Back-splashes can get stained and dirty. A simple wipe may not clean the surface of stone tiles.
The shortcomings of stone predominantly stem from the exposure of the material to pigments, acids, oils and water. Stone floors must be sealed. They should be polished too. Resealing is also necessary. Usually, most stones require resealing once in ten years. Stone tiles can get damaged if they are not treated well and if you are not proactive with your cleaning & maintenance. Given the fact that stone kitchen tiles are more expensive than ceramic or even porcelain, you would do the math and assess its benefits. If you can afford stone, then it is a nice option. Else, there are alternatives.
You will have a specific way to assess various types of floor tiles. You may be reasonably objective, or you may be substantially objective in your assessment. No matter how much you prioritise your personal preferences, you will have to accept a few realities to choose the best floor tiles for your house, office or any space for that matter. Here are four sure-fire checks to help you choose the best floor tiles. Continue reading “Four Sure-fire Checks to Choose the Best Floor Tiles”
You will have a specific way to assess various types of floor tiles. You may be reasonably objective, or you may be substantially objective in your assessment. No matter how much you prioritise your personal preferences, you will have to accept a few realities to choose the best floor tiles for your house, office or any space for that matter. Here are four sure-fire checks to help you choose the best floor tiles.
- Always go for small tiles in your bathroom. You need antiskid tiles for your bathroom and utility areas. Aesthetics, spaciousness and maintenance do matter but none of these attributes are as important as slip resistance. You cannot compromise with slip resistance as it is a matter of safety. Smaller tiles with textures or patterns will be more slip resistant. They would have more grouts that would provide an additional antiskid treatment without any extra investment. You should choose tiles with antiskid treatment, but larger tiles will be more slippery than smaller ones.
Always go for large tiles in your living room. It does not matter how big or small your living space is. It does not matter what type of floor layout you have and how you are going to arrange or align the various fixtures. You can choose a design or pattern in the tiles on the basis of your alignment. The size is not the subject of any negotiation. Small tiles do not just look bad, but they are also impractical in a living room.
- Always go for different textures or shades when you have to choose floor tiles for transitional spaces. If there is a transition space between your kitchen and dining room or living room and hallway or foyer and home office, then you should use different textures or shades to demarcate the flooring in such spaces. This will not only add a distinct visual attribute to every room or space but also enhance the perception of space. The whole house or an entire floor does not have to be one continuum of the same type, colour or style of tile.
- Always go for light coloured tiles for spaciousness. This applies to every room. Even if a room is sprawling anyway, you can choose lighter hues to enhance that spaciousness. Of course, you would be only contributing to the perception of space and not actual square footage, but it is important when want your interiors to look larger than it is.
Floor tiles should be nonporous. This is actually a no-brainer but there is a vast range of porosity from porous to nonporous. Very few tiles are truly nonporous. Most floor tiles are porous to an extent. Of course you would find tiles allow the passage of water like a sieve or a sponge but it will absorb moisture to an extent. This extent to which a tile will absorb moisture is determined by the number of air holes present in the tile. This is partly influenced by composition of a tile and the mineral density. It is partly determined by the treatment that a tile is subjected to. Many common tiles are porous, albeit they appear hard and a complete solid with no air holes, gaps, cracks or leaks. Continue reading “Assess the Porosity of Floor Tiles”
Decorating or renovating your kitchen can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a lot of work. Especially if you don’t know which types of kitchen tiles to use, your project could go from complicated to impossible. Although there are lots of options and plenty of considerations to make, tiling your home doesn’t have to be a difficult task when you have some guidelines. Continue reading “Tips for Choosing the Best Kitchen Tile”
With bathroom wall tiles, it can be helpful to remember that you have a lot of different options. In fact, when it comes to bathroom tiles for the walls, you are going to find yourself perhaps a little overwhelmed by just how many options are out there. Ceramic / porcelain, natural stone, and glass are just a few of the possibilities that are available to you. Each bathroom wall tile type has different strengths and weaknesses that should be observed. Continue reading “Types Of Bathroom Wall Tiles”
Bathroom floor tiles must be resistant to slipping and skidding. Tiles usually have a smooth surface. That reduces friction and also makes cleaning an easy exercise. Most people look for tiles with the smoothest surfaces but that cannot be the approach when it comes to bathroom floor tiles. Bathroom floors need tiles that create friction. Different manufacturers have their own ways of achieving this. Some brands use materials that would naturally offer an anti-slip surface. Some go for special coatings. As a buyer, you need to understand the coefficient of friction, how it is measures and the exact ratings that you should be considering while buying bathroom floor tiles. Continue reading “Learn About Anti-Slip Ratings For Bathroom Floor Tiles”
Kitchen floor tiles are a onetime investment. They are expected to last decades. Rarely does a homeowner change or upgrade kitchen floor tiles unless there is an extensive renovation or remodeling exercise. It is thus imperative for kitchen floor tiles to be durable, easily maintainable and they should retain their splendour over decades, not just for a few years. Many homeowners opt for kitchen floor tiles made by relatively unknown manufacturers and also hire installers who don’t have the necessary experience to ensure impeccable installation. You shouldn’t commit the same mistake. You should always opt for branded kitchen floor tiles and go for reliable installers as well since sans either your returns will be put in jeopardy. Continue reading “Choose Reliable Installers for Branded Kitchen Floor Tiles with Sufficient Warranty”
Floor tiles are supposed to be hard. They are expected to endure the weight of materials placed on the floor and the anticipated foot traffic. Floor tiles that are not hard enough for a given space or room will not last long. It is no secret that you need hard enough tiles so they are durable and can withstand the load. However, how do you determine if a certain type of floor tiles is hard enough? Continue reading “Assess the Hardness of Floor Tiles”