Are you trying to find the best type of floor tile to use in your home? When choosing floor tiles, you will need to consider quite a few things, including the kind of foot traffic the area is likely to get. You need to think about how the floor area will be used and if it is likely to get wet. Will children or pets be using that area regularly? What about your decor? So many questions!
1. TILE MATERIAL
Although it is entirely up to you which type of tile material you prefer, we do not recommend using glass tiles or marble tiles on your floors. Glass tiles are too dangerously slippery and fragile. Marble tiles are very high in maintenance requiring regular sealing and rigorous cleaning regimes. It is for reasons like these that the most
common choice of floor tiles is porcelain and ceramic.
Porcelain tiles are a little bit more durable than ceramic tiles. Porcelain is a little denser than ceramic and more suitable for spaces like bathrooms and outdoor areas, where you will get water sitting for long periods of time. These tiles come in a range of finishes, including polished, matt and textured.
Ceramic tiles are slightly less durable than porcelain but are commonly used as floor tiles in homes. Ceramic is less suited to wet areas of the house as they are more porous and are never used outdoors for this reason. These tiles also come in a range of finishes, including polished, matt and textured.
Both porcelain and ceramic tiles come in an extensive range of colours and sizes that are easy to keep clean when used as floor tiles.
2. TYPE OF FINISH
When trying to choose the right finish for your tiles, you may want to carefully consider the use of the area. Textured and matt finished tiles are less slippery when wet. Polished tiles sometimes need to be cleaned more often as footprints and scratches can be a little more obvious on this type of surface.
3. TILE SIZE
When choosing the size of your tiles, it is really just a matter of your personal taste. Large tiles are usually used for large spaces. The same rule applies to small tiles. This doesn’t mean you cannot put large tiles in a small space. No rules are restricting you in this area.
4. TILE COLOUR
When deciding on your tile colour, you may want to consider decor, natural light and how much cleaning will be required. Matching lighter tile tones with your walls can create the illusion of a more spacious room. Darker coloured tiles are easier to clean. Again, taking into consideration how space will be used, you need to come up with the best option for your personal preferences.
When you go into a tile store and begin the process of choosing the perfect floor tile design for your home, you will likely be overwhelmed at first. Detailed information about tiles and their uses are taught in wall and flooring tiling courses , and a lot of people opt to attend these when they are renovating or building their own property. The more informed you are, the more money you can save and the fewer mistakes you will make in the process.