Tiles come in an amazing array of finishes, colours and patterns as well as an abundance of shapes, sizes and materials. When selecting tiles, remember that the more texture and variation a tile has, the better it will disguise seams, scratches, irregularities in the base floor and dirt. For ease of maintenance, avoid solid colors such as black or white. Moreover, for better safety, avoid slick finishes in high traffic or wet areas.
To determine how many tiles to buy, sketch the room on graph paper and write down all the measurements. Be sure to include cabinets or other protruding fixtures, then subtract their individual areas from the total floor area. Divide large or oddly shaped rooms into smaller shapes, for example, two rectangles or a square, and combine their total area. Take your sketch with you when you go to buy your tiles. Let the tile retailer check your calculations. Always buy a little more than you think you’ll need. This is in case some tiles get chipped or scratched or the colour is slightly off. If there are any tiles left over, keep them for spares.
Some other quick notes about Tiles
Porcelain tiles have many patterns, colours, sizes and shapes, including mosaics. The tiles generally are uniform in size so that grout joints can be neat and regular. They are very durable and water-resistant.
Slate and flagstone tiles generally have a smooth to coarse surface texture. Shapes may be irregular. They scratch easily so coat with slate sealer.
Brick and clay pavers are available in a number of earth tones. They are very durable.
Want to know the best place for tiles? Whether you are looking for tiles for your kitchen, bathroom or any room for that matter, the best place is Tile Factory Outlet. We have over 350,000 m2 of tiles ready for same-day pickup. So you are sure to find something that you will love.