I recently had the pleasure of visiting a home that had floor tiles installed – wall to wall. Every room had floor tiles – not a scrap of carpet or vinyl anywhere in sight. The concept is not new, of course. Carpet is a relatively new invention, so floor tiles were the norm, especially in well-to-do homes. If they wanted an alternative, they used floor rugs.
It’s rare for any tiling project to use every tile purchased. In most cases, you need to purchase your tiles by the box so there will be spare tiles. Whilst you may only have one or two tiles left (plus the remnants of any cut tiles), our advice is to keep them safe. Don’t throw them out.
It may surprise many people to learn that floor and wall tiles aren’t generally marked to indicate what sort of tiles they are, or what the quality of the tiles are. This leaves customers at the mercy of sales people, some of whom will say and do anything to make a sale. Having the right tile for the intended environment is of utmost importance – more important than the look of the tile. In some cases, tiles may not be the best option, and you need to be talking to someone who is willing to state that well before you purchase your tiles.