There a number of factors that need to be considered when selecting a tile for your flooring. One of the biggest mistakes that home owners make is to select a tile based on looks alone. You may find you have selected a tile that looks great, but is totally unsuited to the environment. So what are the factors you need to consider?
Subfloor – the subfloor is the base on which your tiles are going to be placed. Different subfloors require different approaches when installing floor tiles. The easiest is a concrete subfloor – if it is level then you can install your tiles with little further preparation.
Hardness – the hardness of a tile will determine whether or not it is suitable for the intended environment. Heavy traffic areas require a harder tile whilst areas that receive little traffic are well suited to softer tiles.
Size– the size of your selected tile will affect the finish of your flooring. It’s all in the design and color selection of your tiles, however, you can consider mixing tile sizes if you want to create an interesting finish.
Properties – tiles can be water-resistant, stain-resistant and slip-resistant and these properties depend on the tile type and what finish has been applied. Tiles such as slate can also be heat-resistant, making them an ideal choice for outdoor areas that receive a lot of sun. At the same time, some tiles can be affected by cold, and slate also fits into that category – frosts can cause small chips to come away.
When selecting a floor tile for your home, you need to consider the environment (year round) that tile will have to survive in. The best recommendation anyone can make is to talk to a tile expert at Éco Dépôt. We will ensure you are selecting from the range of floor tiles that are best suited to your environment.