Floor tiles are no doubt one of the most interesting parts of your home’s interior. The fact that it covers almost the entire surface area of your house makes it a critical part of home designing. Tiles come in different shapes and sizes, bearing different types of designs. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with choosing one because there are literally thousands to choose from. But don’t worry, we’ll guide you through it. Before you go to the nearest home depot, there are 5 things you should know about getting tiles for your home. Read on to find more:
- Tiles can be made of different materials
The most common floor tiles for dry indoor surfaces is ceramic or porcelain. They’re strong, elegant and will not soak up water when used outdoors. Other types of materials include wood and hardwood, marble, mosaics, and so on. Choosing the right material for your flooring is very important. And in choosing so you must consider the room where you plan to install it. Porcelain and ceramic tiles are great for kitchen use. They’re lightweight, affordable, water-resistant, and comes in several beautiful patterns. For the bathroom, stone and textured tiles work best to prevent slippery flooring. It’s advisable to get an expert’s opinion in choosing the right tiles for your room.
- Get the right style
Before you begin scouting at stores, get an overall image of your home and how you envision it to be. Look for inspiration in magazines or websites about the different styles that would fit your current interior design. Avoid going against the style of your home, work with it to find complementary colors that would enhance the look and feel of your space. Of course that’s not to say you should not be daring with choosing designs. If you can pull off a thematic contrasting theme, by all means choose the bolder tiles out there.
- Grout matters
Tiling grout is used to secure the tiles or mosaics to its base, and also to fill the spaces between it. It’s cement based and comes in sanded and unsanded varieties. For ceramic tiles, the four basic types of grout would be unsanded, fine sanded, epoxy type, and quarry type. Unsanded grout is used for walls where the gap between tiles is less than ⅛ inch wide. Finely sanded grout is used for gaps between ⅛ to ⅜ inch wide. Quarry type is similar to finely sanded grout except that it’s coarser and is used with Saltillo tiles. Epoxy grout is made of epoxy resin and hardener. It’s ideal for use on counter-tops and other surfaces susceptible to stain as it is highly stain and chemical resistant and has a very strong bonding strength.
- Work with texture and pattern
As we all know, tiles are available in various patterns and textures. There are polished ones and matte ones, the choice is all yours. Just note the pros and cons of each to help you decide. A glazed tile is usually easy to clean and wipe, whereas matte finished terracotta tiles would need a seal to avoid staining. When working with patterns, remember to look at the overall style of the home and choose coordinating patterns. You’d be surprised to see how big a difference the right pattern could make.
- Don’t complicate things
Finally, you can be so absorbed with choosing your tiles that you become obsessed with the details surrounding it. Don’t. Prior research would help you narrow down your choices and build your preferences. Once you’ve decided on something after thoroughly looking into it, avoid taking detours and considering other options. While it’s good to know other alternatives, ultimately it’s only a waste of time especially when you’re already decided on something. Case in point, enjoy the tile searching process but don’t spend too much time on it!