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Transform Your Space with Confidence: The Insider’s Guide to Choosing the Best Tiles for Your Home

Transform Your Space with Confidence: The Insider’s Guide to Choosing the Best Tiles for Your Home

Tiles are a popular and versatile choice for homes, and can be used in so many different spaces, from kitchens and bathrooms to living areas and outdoors. With so many types of tiles available, each with its own unique features and benefits, it can be overwhelming to choose the right tiles for your home. From slip resistance to installation, there are many factors to consider when selecting tiles that will not only look great but also meet your functional needs.

In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of buying tiles with confidence. We’ll cover the most important questions to ask when selecting tiles, including what to consider when choosing the type, colour, and finish of the tile, as well as installation and maintenance tips. After reading this post, you’ll have all the information you need to select the perfect tiles for your home.

What type of tile is best suited for my needs?

To ensure that your tile selection meets both functional and aesthetic needs, it’s important to consider the location where the tile will be installed. Porcelain tiles, for instance, are known for their durability and are ideal for high-traffic areas like bathrooms, kitchens, laundries, living areas, entryways and hallways. ¬†Some porcelain tiles can also be used in outdoor areas and around swimming pools. Natural stone tiles like marble and travertine can add a luxurious touch to any room, but may require more maintenance. Handmade tiles offer a versatile range of colors and textures and can be used to add pops of visual interest to a space. When choosing tiles, consider the specific needs of your space and choose a tile that will perform well while also complementing your overall design vision.

What size tile should I choose?

Tile size is largely a matter of personal preference and the size of the space being tiled. Large tiles can make a room appear larger and more spacious, while smaller tiles can create intricate patterns and add texture. However, larger tiles may require more precise cutting and installation, while smaller tiles can be more time-consuming to install. It’s also important to consider the grout lines between the tiles, as wider grout lines may be more prone to staining and require more maintenance.

Primavera porcelain tiles

The Primavera Collection offers large format tiles from 400x1200mm and up to 1200x2400mm panels.

What is the durability of the tile?

When choosing a tile, durability is a key factor to keep in mind. Porcelain and ceramic tiles are popular choices for their durability and resistance to wear and tear. Natural stone tiles are also durable, though they may require more maintenance to keep them looking pristine. Handmade tiles, while offering a unique and personalized touch, are sometimes more delicate than other types of tiles and may require special care. When considering the durability of a tile, it’s important to keep in mind its intended use and the expected level of foot traffic. For high-traffic areas like entryways and hallways, a more durable tile like porcelain is the better option. By selecting a tile that is both durable and functional, you can ensure that your investment will last for years to come.

How much will it cost to install the tile?

The cost of tile installation can vary depending on a variety of factors, such as the size of the space, the type of tile being installed, and the complexity of the installation. It’s important to get a detailed quote from a professional tile installer to get an accurate estimate of the cost. Some tilers may charge a flat rate per square metre, while others may charge an hourly rate. It’s also important to factor in the cost of any additional materials needed for installation, such as grout, adhesive, and underlay.

How do I properly care for and maintain my tiles?

Proper care and maintenance can help extend the life of your tile and keep it looking its best. Different types of tiles may have different cleaning and maintenance requirements. Regular cleaning with a mild detergent and warm water can help prevent dirt and grime buildup. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or tools that could scratch the surface of the tile. It’s also important to seal grout lines to prevent staining and maintain the integrity of the installation.

What colour and design options are available in tiles?

Tiles are available in a wide range of colours, patterns, and designs, making it easy to find a tile that fits your aesthetic preferences. Some tiles come in solid colors, while others have intricate patterns or designs. It’s important to consider the overall design scheme of the space where the tile will be installed and choose a tile that complements the existing home.

One way to start your search for the perfect tile is by browsing our website. We offer a large selection of designer collections featuring unique and stylish tile options, which can help you find inspiration and narrow down your options. Whether you’re searching for a classic and timeless look or something more modern and daring, our collections have something for every taste and style.

RawEdge porcelain tiles

Raw Edge is a stunning porcelain ‘handmade look’ tile available in an array of beautiful colours.

How long does the tile installation process take?

It’s important to be prepared for the installation process before work begins. The time it takes to install tiles can vary depending on the size of the space, the complexity of the installation, and the type of tile being installed. Before making your final tile selection, it’s a good idea to check with your tiler to get an estimate of how long the installation will take and to ensure that they are able to work with the type of tile you have chosen. This will help you plan for any disruptions to your daily routine and ensure that you are prepared for the installation process.

How do I measure the m2 of the space to determine how many tiles to purchase?

To determine how many tiles to purchase, you will need to measure the square meterage¬†of the space being tiled. Measure the length and width of the space and multiply the two measurements to get the total m2. It’s recommended to add 10-20% to the total to account for cuts, waste, and extras. This will ensure that you have enough tiles to complete the installation without having to order additional tiles. It’s also important to have extra tiles on hand in case any need to be replaced in the future. It’s always a good idea to ask your tiler to double check your measurements to ensure you are ordering the correct amount.

Are all tiles sustainable?

No, not all tiles are sustainable. Some tiles are made from non-renewable materials or are produced using environmentally harmful methods.

At Urban Edge Ceramics, we work with manufacturers who prioritise sustainable and ethical practices, such as using renewable energy sources and reducing their carbon footprint. We believe that sustainable design is an important aspect of responsible building and are proud to offer a range of eco-friendly tile options for our customers.

Can I order samples of tiles from your website before making a purchase?

Yes! On our website, you can choose up to three tile samples for $20 to be delivered directly to your home. This is a great way to ensure that the tile colour, texture, and finish are exactly what you’re looking for before committing to a larger order. If you have any questions or concerns about ordering samples, our team is always available to assist you.

At Urban Edge Ceramics, our team of experts have many years of experience working with tiles and interior design. We understand that choosing the right tile for your space can be a daunting task, and that’s why we’re here to help. Our team is always available to answer any questions you may have and to provide expert advice on tile selection, installation, and maintenance. Contact us HERE