One popular basement conversion is to make a wine cellar. The basement is an ideal place to store wine as outside temperatures have less of an effect. You can supplement the natural effect of a basement by using tiles on both the walls and floors of your wine cellar, and there are a lot benefits when you do.
Which tiles are best suited to wine cellars? Your wine is the primary concern here – what is best for your wine. Temperature, humidity, odor and light are all important considerations. You need tiles that will help to control those four factors – fortunately, porcelain, ceramic, and most natural stone tiles will.
Ceramic and porcelain are ideal as they are water proof, not easily stained, and don’t absorb or hang onto odors. If you choose a light-colored ceramic or porcelain, you can reduce the amount of generated light used. Ceramic and porcelain tiles are also relatively heat-resistant – they stay cool all year round.
One popular choice of tile for wine cellars is slate. Slate has many of those properties listed for ceramic and porcelain. Slate tiles also add a little atmosphere to wine cellars. Your wine cellar will look old world, almost cave-like — one of the reasons for slate’s popularity. Other natural stone tiles that are popular and well-suited include travertine and granite. Marble is less suited as wine spills can be acidic and may etch tiles.
If you are considering a wine cellar, talk to a tile expert. Tiles are perfect since they are low maintanance, easy to clean, and durable. The tile experts at Éco Dépôt can help you select the right tiles for your wine cellar, offer advice on how best to lay them, and maintain them for years of worry-free use.