Choosing the Right Tile

If you’re looking to update a room or renovate your house, tile is a durable choice of flooring which can be installed in any room. Tile’s versatility, colours, sizes and various designs offers a variety of affordable, durable and convenient options which can be used in a variety of environments. However, when it comes to choosing tile you also need to consider things like cost, patterns, accents, grouts and sealants because any number of variations can affect the attractive appeal, flexibility of product, and cost.

            When you’re just starting out on your tile adventure, three important things you may want to consider are:

1.      The style of your house and your personal style. – These days there are so many options available on the market as to fit almost any style desired. Having a clear idea of what you’re going for will make it easier to narrow down your choices.

2.      The light in the room, both natural and artificial. – If you want to make a room look larger, choose light colours. Need to reflect more light, choosing something pale. Want to make a room look more cozy and intimate, choose something a bit darker.

3.      The size and layout of the room. – The size and shape of the tiles you choose can also trick the eye into thinking a room is more than it is. Large module tiles make a room look larger and less busy. Rectangular tiles will make a room look longer depending on which direction they’re laid, for example, if you have a low ceiling lay them vertically to make the ceiling look higher. If you have a small room, using the same tile on the floor and wall can make it look more cohesive and spacious.

Now that you’ve considered your space, the next step is trying to figure out which type of tile will fulfill your needs. Here is a list of a few things to consider.

1.      Durability – scratch resistance will be a huge factor to consider if you’re looking to tile a high traffic area, also making sure it can withstand all the wear and tear of the comings and goings of the house.

2.      Maintenance – whether it’s dirt, stains or liquids, you want to be able to easily wipe or mop these away.

3.      Slip resistant – available in both shiny and rough surfaces, you’ll need to take these into consideration for areas like bathroom and kitchens. Whether you choose a smooth, textured or polished surface, tiles are easy to clean and naturally hygienic.

4.      Grout colour and width – the grout is the cement bonding material used for filling joints between tiles. Choose a light colour if you want to accentuate a darker tile. Dark grout is great to help accentuate a pattern. And don’t forget to consider if it’s a high traffic area, or if there’s a lot of moisture, such as a bathroom, to ensure that you get a product which will accommodate you’re intended purpose.

Nowadays tile is becoming more popular than ever as a flooring option due to its easy maintenance and durability, creating a beautiful effect to your home décor. Being sure to consider all these factors will help make the installation process in your home go much easier, leaving you with something you can be proud of for years to come.

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