Choosing The Right Tile
Choosing the right tile for your project can be particularly challenging. Tile is the most permanent finished product, if installed properly. You can change your paint colour, re-finish cabinetry, update baseboards and moldings but tile will remain. Many of our customers find the choice daunting but it doesn’t have to be and that’s why we’re here to walk you through it with over 80 years of experience.
The first thing to do is to get an idea of the styles and colours that you do and don’t like. Browse through websites like ours, design magazines, tv programs. Bookmark or save anything that you do like and make sure to show it to us when you visit our showroom. This puts both you and the sales representative on the same page. Also let us know some key points when you come into our showroom. Is this interior or exterior, floor or wall, pool area, commercial or residential? Our sales staff are trained to guide you through these questions as well as to give you options based on your needs.
There are many types of floor and wall coverings out there. You need to consider your budget, time frame of the project, quality and durability. You are making an investment and the tile you choose needs to last a long time. There are porcelain tiles, ceramic tiles, natural stone tiles, clay tiles like saltillo and glass tiles just to name a few. Glass tiles and other mosaics are usually reserved for accent pieces and can be combined to create a really unique and cost effective design. Natural stone is very popular but you have to consider the installation and maintenance factors of natural stone. Natural stone and saltillo are both very porous materials so they will absorb oil, dirt, water and residues which end up on them. They will, therefore, have a higher installation cost, maintenance cost and in some cases, a shorter life span. Ceramic, porcelain and porcelain stoneware offer a variety of looks (as you can see from our Products page) and they have very low absorption rates. You do not need to seal them and as long as they are cleaned with a neutral cleaner regularly, they will retain their natural beauty. We have provided a recommended maintenance routine for you on this Resources page so you can see how easy porcelain and ceramic are to maintain. Porcelain and ceramic offer the most style/colour options to suit any budget with the added benefit of lower installation and maintenance costs.
In terms of the type of looks available, there are woods, natural stones, fabric looks, textured tiles for exterior and pool areas, metallic effects, polished finishes and matt finishes. Once you’ve determined the style and colours you like, you can start to think about combining tiles with other design elements and accent pieces. The function of the space is very important as well as the flow. Do you want to flow the same tile throughout or do you want a contrast or separation between different areas like living areas and bedrooms? Does the room/house/office need to appeal to everybody or suit your family’s living? It is important to always take samples of the field tiles into the space because lighting makes a huge difference in how the tile will look.
Remember, this is your home or office so make sure it is what you want and have fun with it! We are here to guide you through the selection process, provide manufacturer recommendations and answer all of your questions.