Top Tips for Choosing Tiles
Choosing tiles can be difficult, especially if you’re planning on spending a lot of money. Here are some top tips to help you choose the best tiles for the job.
The time has come to install some stunning tiles in your home, but now comes the hardest bit; which tiles to choose?
The selection of ceramic tiles and porcelain tiles on the market is huge, so it can be really difficult to know where to invest your money. Luckily we have some useful tips to help you choose exactly the right tiles for your home.
You’re going to be bombarded with sales speak from staff in the shops you visit, which is fine. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t listen to the advice they give you. Visit a few places and pick up on the tips they all give you that are the same. Most reputable retailers won’t give you misleading information about floor and wall tiles just to sell them to you because incorrect tiles for certain applications can actually be dangerous, plus, they will want your repeat business which they won’t get if you end up unhappy with your purchase.
You must consider the application of the tiles before you start tile shopping. Floor tiles need to be tougher than wall tiles so check they are right for the job (but remember you can also use floor tiles on the walls for a seamless look). Think about how the tiles will be laid out so you are aware of issues like electrical sockets and light switches getting in the way of running patterns. One way to get around issues like this is to opt for a mosaic style tile design, which could be used around the areas difficult to tile.
Well, ignore most of it anyway. It can be tempting to look at the colour of the floor or walls in relation to the tiles you want, but that won’t be the most effective way to make your tiles stand out. Instead consider the colour of the units in your kitchen and choose tiles that complement those units. The same tip works for all rooms where there are particular units or furnishings that are permanent.
Although it’s never a bad thing to look for a bargain, in some areas you need to put more onus on quality as a priority. If you let money lead your search for the perfect tiles, you won’t end up adding as much value to the tiled area as you would if you stretched the pennies a little more and selected designs or materials that hold their value over time. Treat tile purchase as an investment and you will see a return on it through the years as the tiles maintain their value and increase the value of your home if you choose to sell it.
If you DIY you must DIR (do it right!). Consider deeply whether or not you’re up to the job yourself, and if you’re not, hire a professional. If you feel able to install the tiles yourself then make sure you follow all tips, tricks and safety advice and most importantly invest in the best tools for the job.
Remember, the more you think ahead before you buy your tiles, the more likely you are to make an informed decision so you can choose with your heart and your head.