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Five Benefits of Using Ceramic Tile Flooring

When planning a new floor, different options on the market always tends to make the process a tad bewildering. Amongst the options available, ceramic tiles are one of the better choices. Originally known for its tough and enduring properties, the recent decorator effect has added an extra spice to the overall popularity of ceramic tiles. From colonial to contemporary, these tiles have all kinds of designs, styles and patterns to match every specific need and want of the users. These tiles have wide adaptability and can be easily combined in almost any setting, including kitchens, living rooms, bathrooms, etc.

There are several reasons why ceramic tiles are so enduringly popular amongst most homeowners. Here is a rundown on why people keep on coming for the not-so-meek ceramic tiles.

1. Environmental-friendly

Ceramic tiles are made out of a combination of clay and other natural materials, and do not contain any kind of odour, allergens or harmful/ toxic chemicals. Even the most modern glazed and unglazed tiles are made by using natural vitreous coatings, thereby making them all green.

2. Can Virtually Install on Any Surface

Ceramic tiles are known for their extremely versatile nature. You can have these installed on almost any kind of home surface, provided the surface is evenly levelled. The creativity and imagination of a person are the only limitations to its adaptability. From dining room porches to the hearth of the fireplace, nearly any surface can be easily tiled, both indoors as well as outdoors.

3. Makes One an Artist

The market is full of ready-made ideas to get one’s creative juices flowing. With a wide range of colours and patterns available, you can mix and match the tiles with the walls, and contrast both in an artistic manner. With some wild imagination, you can create abstract creations that even Picasso would find impressive!

4. Easy Maintenance

Ceramic tiles are usually good at sticking to their bases; they do not tend to move from the spot they were installed. If combined with good and levelled grouting, normal sweeping and mopping is all it takes to keep them as good as new.

5. Excellent Investment

Ceramic tiles are not one of the cheapest options available in the market, but their durability and aesthetic value tend to provide adequate value for the money invested. The initial investment would easily get diluted over several years of stunning appearance and minimal maintenance.

To find out more about the benefits of ceramic tiles for your flooring get in touch with the team here at Raynesway Tile Warehouse on 01332 75 70 70.

DIY Advice: Top Tiling Tips For A Professional Finish

Tackling a tiling job in your home can seem like a daunting task, particularly if the room is large or you’ve not done any DIY tiling before, but it’s a straightforward process that, with enough care and the right amount of quality materials, anyone can take on.

With these top tips, and our range of high-quality tiles and tiling tools, you’ll be well on your way to a professional finish that’ll make your kitchen or bathroom shine.

Tip One: Preparation

percent-iconMake sure you have more than enough tiles for the job – buy around 10% extra to give you spares in the event of breakages or future repairs

 

cloth-iconMake sure the surface you’re tiling is clean and dry

 

sealant-iconApply sealant to any porous materials like plasterboard

 

batton-iconIf tiling a wall, use wooden battens to ensure your tiles are straight when applied.

 

tile-cutter-iconStart from the centre and work our way outwards – that way, if you need to cut any tiles, these will be by wall or floor edges and give you an even look.

 

bucket-iconFinally, mix you’re your adhesive as per the manufacturer’s instructions and only use clean cold water – dirty or warm water can affect the adhesive’s effectiveness.

Tip Two: Tiling

With the right preparation, providing you work with care and don’t rush the job, the actual process of laying the tiles can be really straightforward and not really pose any problems. Get your ready mixed adhesive and apply it to the wall or floor covering 1m2. Apply your tiles with a firm twisting motion to ensure good and even contact with the surface – use tile spacers to ensure even spacing.

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Leave any shaped or cut tiles until last, making sure you apply the tiles from the centre of the surface outwards to leave you with cut tiles at the edges rather than in the centre. Use a flatbed cutter for straight cuts, and a heavier tile saw for any tiles that need to be cut for things like pipework.

Tip Three: Grouting & Aftercare

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After your tiles have all been fixed in place with the adhesive, you’ll need to leave them for at least 24 hours to allow them to dry before applying any grouting

 

cloth-iconIt’s important to remember, though, that the adhesive will start drying long before this, so be sure to wipe down the tiles and your tools to avoid any issues with dried-on adhesive

 

grouting-toolWhen grouting, work the grout into the spaces between tiles and joints and remember to always wipe off any excess immediately before it has a change to dry

Finding The Right Tiles for You

Our Buyers Guide To Tiles

From choosing stylish new furniture to the overall colour scheme, redecorating can be a lot of fun. Infusing a room with your personality can make it feel more like home and that’s why choosing the correct design is important. Whether on the floor or walls, tiles make an excellent addition. With various choices available, we’ll look at the main 4 and help you decide which is right for you.

Ceramic Tiles

Various styles, patterns and designs to choose from.
Made from natural minerals so doesn’t release odour.
Requires little maintenance, just occasional sweeping and mopping.
Durable as difficult to crack and responds well to moisture, water and steam.
Works well in kitchens, living rooms and bathrooms.

Mosaic Tiles

Colourful, reflects light well and adds luxury to the room.
Available in various shapes and sizes.
Resistant to mould, stains and mildew.
Does require regular maintenance as dirt can turn the tiles black.
Durable as resistant to cracking unless directly hit.
Works well on walls, floors and countertops in kitchens and bathrooms.

Porcelain Tiles

Available in both neutral and colourful tones, which last for many years.
Stronger than other varieties due to being scratch-resistant.
Stain- and moisture-resistant.
Requires little maintenance as an occasional wipe with a damp cloth will do.
Increases your home’s value.
Works well on floors and walls in both the kitchen and bathroom.

Natural Stone Tiles

Adds a contemporary and elegant look to your room, no matter whether you choose slate, granite, limestone or marble for example.
Easy to clean and doesn’t attract dust, hair or minerals.
The best option to combine with underfloor heating, as it conducts heat well.
Durable as it’s both scratch- and abrasion-resistant.
Increases your home’s value.
Works well on floors, walls and countertops, both internally and externally.

We hope this post has helped made your tile choices easier. Still unsure? Our team have a wide range of experience within the tile industry and can offer you their expert advice. No matter the style or look you are aiming for, and the budget that you are working with, we can find you the perfect solution. Call us today on 01332 75 70 70 or visit us at our showroom at a time that suits you. We look forward to welcoming you.