Types of Tiles

There are many different types of tiles that work best for different spaces, areas and uses.
A ceramic tile is generally only used these days on wall applications only. It is a softer lighter material than porcelain, and not as dense either. That’s why I only recommend ceramic tiles on walls.
A porcelain tiles if a much denser material. They have been fired up at a much higher temperature and are more compressed. This makes it suitable for both floor & wall applications.
A vitrified tile isn’t porous, and does not absorb water…suitable for all indoor and outdoor applications.
A non-vitrified tile is considered non-vitreous when water absorption exceeds 7%. These types of tiles require sealing…
This means that the body which is under the glaze of the tile has a continuous colour right through. Therefore if the tile is chipped this will be less visible. Suitable for all indoor and outdoor applications
A Glazed tile is covered via a surface that is fired and strongly bounded to a porcelain or ceramic tile. This enables the surface to become hard and non porous as well as stain and fire resistant. This makes cleaning so easy. Suitable for indoor and outdoor.
This is a question always asked. So what is a rectified tile? Rectified means the tile has been mechanically cut to give each and every tile a nice straight edge and precise size.
A NON rectified tile is a pressed edge. Also known as cushioned edge. Manufactured using a standard press process in mould that gives you a slight curved edge.
Advantage of a rectified tile is that you can have a much smaller grout joint…versus non rectified which is easier to lay if walls are not straight. However a larger grout joint is needed in the laying process. Suitable for all indoor & outdoor applications
This is where a tile can look like natural stone or timber. During its manufacturing process by using an inject printer that transfers onto porcelain or ceramic tiles, having them look as close to the real thing as possible. The benefits of using a tile instead of actual timber or natural stone is that its non porous, low-maintenance, durable and simply easy to clean. Suitable for all indoor and outdoor applications.
Is a natural earth product that has been used for thousands of years as building materials. To name a few we have Travertine, Limestone, Marble, Slate, Granite & Sandstone.
When purchasing a natural stone it is important to note that these are natural products therefore variation in colour and veining must be expected. This should always be taken into consideration when selecting your stone and will eliminate any surprises down the track.
Another very important factor is that Natural Stone needs to be sealed to eliminate any stains absorbing into the stone. Suitable for all indoor & outdoor applications…

Top 5 tips to select the perfect tile

Today I going to reveal my top 5 tips to ensure you select the perfect tile to make your next project a success!
1. Overall Space
This is were we look at the size of the area eg if you have a small bathroom space we want it to look larger than what it is, therefore this will determine where we go from here.
2. Layout
This is were we can give you professional advise before starting your renovation on Layout. Placement of your vanity, toilet, shower, neches and feature walls, as well as other areas of your house such as kitchen, lounge room, dining room etc etc…
3. Amount of Natural light
This will were we can provide you with some valuable information on what mood we want to set and create in your home.
4. Choosing the right Colour
After considering all of the above we can now move onto choosing our colours…choosing the right colour is were a lot of my customers struggle with my interior design expertise in over 20 years I can help you achieve what defines your personality, who you are and your personal style.
5. Design / Style of Tiles
Weather your renovating or building a new home, this is were we need to choose the style of tiles, weather it being a Contemporary Modern Look, Hampton’s Style, Classic Look etc

Extra things to consider when selecting tiles

After years in the tiles industry I have the knowledge and experience to give you some extra tips of very important things to consider when choosing the perfect tile for your project.
Texture & Finish Of Tiles
What finish do you choose? Do I go for a natural honed finish, a polish finish or a textured finish? I will advise on what’s best to choose and why!
Size & Format Tiles
Tiles come in all sorts of sizes and formats, depending on the look and style your after, as well as taking into consideration the fall of water to the drains…
Laying Of Tiles
Advise is given on how tiles are laid…weather being vertical or horizontal as well as advise on what will suit the space to achieve the look your after.
Feature Wall Tiles
This is a question I often get asked…is it required or do you have enough happening in the space already?
Reveal Time
Investing in My Tiles & Stone Consulting and during our journey together, I will answer all your questions, give you professional advise and create a space that meets all your needs in creating a space that defines you and your personal style!
Armed with these tips you are sure to enjoy the process and produce an amazing finished product for your next project.