In a recent article the best tiles on the market 2019 were reviewed. In this one, we continue with the same topic, by sharing with you some tips on how to choose the right tile for your house.
Tile popularity is ever increasing and now there are so many designs to choose from. When you consider the benefits of using tiles, it’s easy to see why. They are very durable, affordable, and very easy to work with. Moreover, for people looking for maximum customizability, tiles are the best option too as they can in every imaginable shape, size, design and color.
That said you still need to understand how to pick the right tile for your house, in ordered for you to reap maximum benefit for having them. Keep reading to find out how.
As aforementioned, we have an extensive guide on the best tiles in the market. Once you consider it carefully, you’ll find that many of the tiles listed there are porcelain. There are many reasons why.
Firstly, porcelain is extremely versatile. This is especially important for people looking to install tiles in high traffic areas such as commercial offices. It is in your interest for your tiles to maintain their beauty and condition many years down the line. With that in mind, you won’t go wrong with porcelain.
Secondly, unlike other tiles, porcelain ones do not need any special sealing material to prevent water damage. This fact adds to their durability and dependability.
Lastly, these tiles are just gorgeous. Their unique look will take any room from good to great!
Think About Grip
Full disclosure, a drawback to most tiles is that they can get very slippery. As such when deciding what tiles to put in your house you must keep that fact in mind. Now, rooms which are not prone to water spillage don’t necessarily need special attention, but the kitchen and bathrooms definitely do. This is a matter of concern especially for the elderly and young kids!
That said, there are many workarounds to this problem. For instance you could decide to install bathroom tiles that are texturized. You could also choose to use smaller tiles, as they will have more ridges (because of the grout) thus giving them more grip. Lastly you may decide to go for pebble porcelain tile. Check out some of the options reviewed on our webpage.
As with paint, tiles come in so many different color varieties. That doesn’t mean you should pick our just any color. To take your room to the next level you must be considerate about what color tile you use.
If your installing tile in a room with limited space, then lighter colored tiles (white tiles), will create the illusion of more space. This is especially true in bathrooms. Moreover, its always advised to consider the paint color that’s going to be used in a room before installing tile. Installing tile without thinking of paint will severely limit your options. As a general rule of thumb, go for suppressed colors, which tend to be easier to match.
Go For Natural Looks
Consider using stone tiles like granite or tiles with a wood finish. Not only do they look premium and appealing. In recent years wood ties have enjoyed unprecedented popularity as a better alternative to real wood. Not only can they be used in spaces that wood can’t e.g. bathrooms, but they are easier to maintain and more cost effective. Nowadays manufacturers make extremely realistic wood look alike tiles. Consider using them!
Consider Different Tile Grades
Not all tiles are made equal. They come in different grades based on the quality of the finish and the hardness of the tile. While its relatively easy to tell the quality of a tiles finish by looking at it, it may not be the case, when you want to know how hard (and thus durable) a tile is.
The grading system is known as Moh’s scale. It ranges from class one to class five. Each class is hardier than the former and thus suitable for different situations. For instance, class one is best for walls only as it is quite fragile. Class two is best for inner rooms, which are not regularly accessed from outside the house. Bedrooms and bathrooms come to mind.
Class three is most rooms but is not advised for rooms that have a lot of traffic. Class four is hardier than class three and can be applied to most floors. It is however more costly (understandably so) than class three. Class five is the most durable. Technically it could be used in a residential house, but that wouldn’t make financial sense. Instead it’s best used in commercial spaces, as they are most prone to high traffic.