Ceramic and porcelain tiles are great products that, when selected correctly should last a lifetime. Consequently, selecting such a long lasting product can be a tad daunting for a lot of people. Getting it wrong is not easy or cheap to correct. Similarly fear of becoming outdated and unfashionable can also lead to over cautious colour and design selections at the expense of a design you truly loved.
In order to make the selection process easier – we have put together a simple sequence of tips to consider when selecting your prefect tiles.
1. BE PREPARED
Be prepared when you start shopping. This means having a good idea of the approximate area to be tiled and your budget. Remember tiles are only a part of the cost, installation costs including waterproofing and any site preparation must also be considered. Total budget will affect the type of tiles you can consider for your project.
Provide us with any colour samples and inspo you may have already selected or be considering, such as carpet, paint and bench top samples..
2. TALK TO US
Speak to one of our friendly staff members right from the outset and tell them what your project is. Not all tiles are the same and they have different finishes depending on the area they are to be used. Informing staff of whether the project is indoors or out, commercial or domestic, pool interiors or external hardscapes, or what interior room(s), and whether or not you intend to tile floors or walls or both; will enable staff to immediately point you in the right direction. Saving you a lot of time and making sure you consider the right products for the job.
3. ALWAYS BEGIN WITH FLOORING
When selecting your colour schemes it’s best to work from the floor upwards. Floors are generally the dominant area, the element that flows between spaces and abuts colours and materials in different rooms. Finalizing the floor tile can make choosing wall tiles easier.
Top tip: extending floor tiles up the walls is also a really classic and popular option. We find that majority of our clients take this approach. It’s a great way to generate flow and make spaces seem larger, particularly if you are using a stone or marble inspired tile.
4. ALWAYS GET SAMPLES
Try them in the rooms they are intended and check them in both day and night light conditions. Even if the project is under construction and not yet ready to be tiled, viewing it in a real building with similar conditions can prove extremely valuable. Tiles are like paint in that the appearance of colours can vary considerably depending upon what the surrounding colours and light conditions are.
5. TILE SELECTION
Choose what you love not what fashion dictates. If you love a particular design or colour and you are building or renovating for yourself, go with what you like and not what trends dictate. All fashions are cyclic, eventually a particular trend will be back in fashion so you can be reassured at some point your tiles will be totally on-trend again.
6. CONFIRM MEASUREMENTS
Always confirm onsite measurements and allow for spares and wastage. The market standard rule is to take the exact area measurement and add 10% for wastage. This ensures there are enough tiles for the inevitable wastage derived from cutting and breakage and should provide a couple of spare tiles at the end of the job. More complicated areas or layout designs may require a greater wastage allowance.
We do have a returns policy, ONLY accepting full unopened boxes and subject to our Ts & Cs. Any loose tiles will not be accepted and are a great insurance policy for the unlikely but not impossible need to replace a tile in the future anyway, so worth holding onto.
When the tiles are laid it is usually up to the owner to seal the grout. This ensures the tiled area remains watertight and makes the grout easier to maintain.
Most tiles can be cleaned with standard domestic cleaning products. Periodically (over a period of years) the grout may require a deep clean and reseal.
9. SHARE THE JOY
Don’t forget to send photos of your completed photos to us. Nothing gives the staff more thrills than seeing the end result of a project they have worked with you to achieve.