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”
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”
Amidst increasing popularity of stone floor tiles, one must take a holistic approach to understand the benefits and limitations of the flooring option. Many homeowners choose stone floor tiles for its durability, many like the aesthetics and versatility, there are many who focus on the eco-friendliness and some simply want to benefit from the value appreciation of the property after installing stone tiles. Whatever may be the specific reason or multiple reasons to choose stone floor tiles, every homeowner must find out a few essential facts about such a flooring option vis-à-vis their home. Continue reading “3 Things you should know about Stone Floor Tiles”
If you are undergoing renovations in your home, one of the rooms that you should focus on should be the bathroom. When you are looking to add the most value to your home, your bathroom is a great place to start, because it is a space that homeowners generally focus in on. There are a few features that are a little over the top, but can be a great addition to your bathroom. They might not be design necessities, but they will be functional and stylish not only for you, but also to future buyers. Bathroom floor tiles are a great place to start with bathroom renovations. Continue reading “Bathroom Floor Tiles”
Everyone has a budget and several personal preferences when it comes to flooring. You may prefer marble over slate or porcelain over ceramic, granite over onyx or floor tiles with a wood look over quartzite. The reason could be the physical attributes in some cases or it could be the cost. In most cases people, change their decision in favour of the cheaper material, even if it calls for a compromise. Most homeowners and even commercial property owners prefer ceramic over porcelain simply because it is more affordable. You can use any parameter to compare slate, porcelain, marble, ceramic, granite, onyx, quartzite, stone and pebbles among other popular types of floor tiles. What you should not do is decide on a particular material before you have familiarised yourself with its installation, cleaning and maintenance. Continue reading “Learn about installation, cleaning and maintenance of floor tiles before choosing the material”
When you think about floor tiles, the first materials that would pop into your head are ceramic, porcelain, slate, marble and wood. It is not entirely fair to carve out a category for floor tiles with the look or appearance of wood because they are made of ceramic or porcelain. The materials are designed to mimic the appearance of hardwood. There are other popular materials beyond ceramic, slate, marble and porcelain that are well known but not so commonly found in homes or offices. Here are five popular but not so common floor tiles. Continue reading “Five Popular but Not so Common Floor Tiles”
It is no secret that there are various types of floor tiles. There are different types of materials, styles or designs and colours, sizes and finishes. As a property owner, you would always want to choose the best floor tiles. The type of tile you choose will not only influence the cost and the aesthetics of your property but also functionality and the exact method of installation. Cleaning and maintenance demands also vary based on the type of tile. Here are the five most popular floor tiles used around the world. Continue reading “The Five Most Popular Floor Tiles”