How to choose the right tile
There are so many tiles out there these days that it can get a bit confusing and overwhelming when choosing the right tile.
Things you should look at when choosing the right tile:
- The weight of the tile - if it is light in weight, then this suggests the tile is less dense and hence not a good quality tile. If the tile is heavy, it means the tile is denser and more durable against cracking.
- If the tile is stain resistant - Check by rubbing your shoes on the tiles, to see if it leaves a mark easily and if it can be removed easily.
- The size of the tile - The smaller the tile you use will make a room appear smaller with more grout lines. Recently what is trending in new homes are larger tiles which makes the room feel larger and more open as there are lesser grout lines. This is especially helpful if you are trying to create more space in a small bathroom.
- Porcelain over Ceramic tiles - Ceramic tiles are usually suitable for very light to moderate traffic, as they are more prone to wear and chipping than porcelain tiles. These tiles are usually softer and easier to damage. In contrast, porcelain tiles are generally made by the dust pressed method from porcelain clays that result in a tile that is denser and more durable than ceramic tile. The finish is a finer grained and smoother with sharply formed faces. Glazed porcelain tiles are much harder and are more wear and damage resistant than non-porcelain ceramic tiles. They are excellent for light traffic and heavy traffic. In addition porcelain tiles are great for moisture areas and high traffic areas. Due to its high density, it resists more water than your normal ceramic tiles.
- Colour and pattern - There are so many colours and styles to choose from these days. A good tip is to choose something that is not just seasonal and rather something that is timeless and elegant. This is the reason why most hotels use a more natural and simple colour tone. You can always decorate things around your floor/wall tile, however it is hard for you to keep changing the floor tile to suit your decoration.
Keep it simple, choose the right colour according to your room colours. Look at magazine to see what works and what doesn't. Then choose the right size and type of tile to match your lifestyle and taste. If you spend a little bit more money on porcelain tiles. You have the luxury of having a good quality tile that will last you for a long time without the headache of it fading and cracking over time.