One of the key elements in a home renovation, particularly if you are updating a bathroom, is the task of choosing the tiles. Nowadays there are so many options available when you step inside a tile store, in sizes, finishes and materials, that the task of choosing bathroom times can be quite daunting for many.
Here’s a brief summary of some of the main options you will be choosing from, and their main characteristics.
Ceramic tiles are made with natural clay, with a glaze being added to the surface to produce the colour and pattern before being baked at high temperatures to remove most of the moisture. Ceramics are often used for wall tiles, and on floors that are not in heavy traffic zones. They are stain resistant, fire resistant, won’t fade in sunlight and are easy to clean. They are easier to cut and install than other harder products like porcelain; but are more prone to wear over time.
Porcelain tiles are made from a mix of clay and feldspar; and fired at very high temperatures. They have low water absorption rates, are scratch-resistant and regarded as a low maintenance option for floors, walls and splash-backs. One important reason that porcelain tiles are so popular when choosing bathroom tiles is their ability to replicate several natural finishes such as stone, marble, brick or even timber, but without the associated maintenance.
Natural stone tiles are often regarded as an upmarket option, providing tonal variations and patterns that make each use different. Keep in mind when choosing bathroom tiles that this is a product that usually costs more, and usually requires extra work in installing and maintaining them. Natural stone tiles should only be cleaned with specific products designed for that purpose, and due to their porous nature will need to be sealed regularly to avoid staining. If maintenance is a concern for you, consider using stone as a feature or highlight rather than on the entire surface. Alternatively, consider using a porcelain tile that mimics the look of your favourite stone.
Glass tiles can provide an amazing visual effect that is unique and quite tactile. There are endless patterns and colours available. There are even suppliers that can custom-make your glass tiles if you have something specific you wish to match.
Of course, if you’re looking for something that is truly unique, particularly if you’re keen to have a look that features glaze variations, interesting patterns and colours that change from one tile to the next, then handmade ceramic tiles may be just what you’re looking for. Don’t forget, though, that they are usually more delicate than other tiles and are best suited for low traffic floors, larger walls and splashbacks.
No matter how you decide to approach choosing bathroom tiles, it is important to remember that if you are considering renovations as part of your preparations for a sale, be sure to talk to one of our team at Ian Reid Vendor Advocates before you make any final decisions. The last thing you need is to spend your hard-earned money on changes that won’t have any impact on the price you receive from your buyers!
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