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Floor Tiles

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Choosing tiles can be a confusing and complicated business. The most important decision is to select your tiles from a reputable supplier. You really need a company that you trust who will supply you with the correct tile that will not only look great but wear well for years to come. Sub standard tiles that are not square, not level or of inferior quality will give a sub standard end result. The old adage 'you get what you pay for' is once again very true.

 

 

 

Large format floor tiles

 

One of the question to ask yourself is, what areas do you want to tile?

  • Wet areas only (floor and wall)
  • Wet areas and main floor
  • The whole house
  • Kitchen Splashback
  • Balcony
  • Alfresco
  • Around the pool
  • Outdoor Kitchen

If you want the same tile everywhere you will need something that is suitable for all your selected traffic areas. You may require a polished finish to the main floor, a matt finish in the wet areas, and a rougher non slip surface for the pool, balcony and alfresco.

Cost

Check the allowance for tiling in your building contract/display home? Do you want to spend extra money in this area? Standard tiling allowance for an average build would be 200mm x200mm ceramic tiles.  Additional costs will be incurred for

  • Purchasing tiles over and above the standard dollar allowance
  • Laying of non standard size tiles- be they larger or smaller than the standard 200 x200
  • Laying tiles that are not ceramic, i.e.porcelain or vitrified

 The standard areas allowed for tiling in most contracts are:

  • Floor of the wet areas
  • Tiling the bath /spa hob
  • Shower recess tiling to 2000mm
  • One row of tiles over the vanity
  • One row around the back of the bath
  • One row of skirting tiles around the floor

Anything deviations from the standard allowance will cost you extra to supply and to lay. i.e. dado height tiling or full height tiling.

If you wish to upgrade from the standard specification the possibilities are almost endless.

Tiles come in an enormous range of finishes.

  • Ceramic with a ceramic glaze
  • Porcelain with a ceramic glaze
  • Fully body porcelain
  • Polished porcelain
  • Rectified (very square edge profile)
  • Non rectified (cushion edge)
  • Vitrified- heat processed to make a hard, non porous finish
  • Large Format - larger sizes from 350 x 350 up to 1200 x 600 and larger
  • Combinations of the above finishes

For example you might choose a large format, polished porcelain tile with a rectified edge.  

Rectified tiles can be laid with an absolute minimal grout line due to their very square edges- remember the less grout you have the less cleaning you need to do!

Cushion edge tiles will have a wider grout line.

There are also quarried natural stone tiles available

  • Marble
  • Travertine
  • Granite 

Like all natural products they are subject to natural imperfections giving them a unique finish. Note: Granite is much harder than marble or travertine. 

Other ratings such as PEI ratings for hardness of a tile, water absorbsion percentages, and R ratings for surfaces required to be non slip are available, however your tile specialist will assist you with what is recommended for specific areas and traffic levels.

If you take a couple of pictures of floors that you like with you to the tile gallery your selection specialist will get an idea of the finished look you want. The look you want might be possible with a number of differing products with a range of price tags.

Border Tiles, Mosaics, Listellos and Feature Tiles

Decorative tiles are a great way to add style to your wet areas. If you have a good budget, feature tiles can be used for vertical or horizontal strips, highlights, splashbacks, whole shower recesses or whole walls.

  • Some wall tiles will come with a matching or contrasting border tile
  • Mosaic tiles are traditionally 50mm squares, but now come in pretty much any shape and can be made from ceramic, glass or stone They normally come in sheets.
  • Listello tiles are long skinny decorative tiles that contrast your wall tiles
  • Feature tiles can be just about anything, its basically a generic name for a tile that is a contrast to the main tile

The cheats option if you are on a tight budget is to buy standard 200x200 tiles with a pattern that looks like mosaics thereby avoiding additional laying costs.

Helpful Hints

Remember the darker the grout the more dirt it will hide. If you love white tiles maybe just use them on the walls or choose a large format floor tile with a rectified edge to reduce the amount of grout, or try a darker tile and grout on the floor. Grout is where mould likes to grow, the less grout you have the less hard cleaning you need to do.

Meet your tiler on site to discuss exactly how your tiling will be laid and finished. Most contracts allow only for butt finishing (where 2 tiles meet at a 90 degree angle, i.e. the shower or bath hob, they butt one tile on top of the other). You can specify tile trim or a mitred finish to these area (either will probably cost you extra over and above standard finishing)

  • Tile trim is a PVC edge finish available in many colours including silver and chrome
  • A mitred finish is when the tile edges are ground to a 45 degree angle and joined together to form a 90 degree corner

If you have two types of tiles meeting, i.e. main floor meets bathroom, double check they are the same thickness.

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