Because tiles are small in size (compared to the size of a room), you can mix and match different tiles to achieve a unique finish, whether it’s a wall or floor, or perhaps even a bench top. The big problem with tile is choice – there are just so many variables to choose from.
These variables include:
- Toughness – Tile toughness can be measured in many different ways. The 1-5 grading system has become standard in many areas with a grade one tile being the softest and a grade five tile the hardest. For most homes, a grade three floor is standard, however, you can use any higher grade if that tile appeals to you. Traffic is one of the guides used to determine which tile is right for your home.
- Size – Large tiles can help to give a cleaner finish since there are fewer grout lines. Smaller tiles can make a floor look busy, and the thicker the grout lines the busier it will look. It is, however, still a matter of choice. It is often recommended to use small tiles in a small room and large tiles in a large room. However, you can do the reverse and still gain a great look – better yet, you can mix and match with a floor design made from small and large floor tiles.
- Texture – Tile texture refers to the finish that a tile delivers. Slate is often left in its natural state, so the texture is not as smooth as many other tile types. That rawness does, however, provide very good anti-slip properties. Other tiles can have a smooth, shiny almost glass-like appearance. Whilst the finish does look great, this finish can be quite slippery, especially when wet (or when just wearing socks) Watch your kids on this type of flooring; they will think it is a lot of fun).
- Color – Tiles can be found in a huge range of colors. Most natural stone tiles have a color range whilst manufactured tiles like porcelain and ceramic cover the full color spectrum. Lighter colored tiles will show up dirt easier than darker colored tiles. Be careful with variegated colors. Grime can sit unnoticed for a long time because you think it’s part of the pattern.
- Finish – Some tiles are glazed to provide a shiny and smooth finish. Other tiles are left in their natural state offering some anti-slip properties. You can also apply sealants to your floor once it has been installed. This provides a water-resistant barrier to the flooring, however, this type of finish can be quite slippery. You may need to reseal every two to three years.
There are a lot of variables in that list, and, with care and attention to detail, they can offer an endless array of floor (or wall) finishes. If that list of variables has made you flooring choice harder, come and see us at Éco Dépôt Céramique. We can help you find the right tile or combination of tiles to complete any wall or flooring project in your residential or commercial premises.