Keep some spares
Always pays to make sure you keep a few spares
Same batch number for the same area
Always make sure the same batch number is used in the same area. If you are using a tile in two different areas then different batch numbers can be used in each of the areas.
Always allow for wastage
When estimating quantities don’t forget to allow for wastage
Ensure your quote allows for wastage
If ordering tiles based on your tilers quote check whether they have allowed for wastage
Order A grade tiles
Make sure you are ordering A Grade tiles. Tiles can vary in thickness and dimension. A Grade tiles will be the most consistent; anything else will likely have variation that will make the laying process difficult and more expensive.
Allow time for availability
Give yourself plenty of time. Although the tiling is one of the last in the process, it's advisable to make your decision reasonably early to give you a better chance of having your chosen tiles available when your tiler needs them, and all from the same batch.
Does your quote include seal grout?
Check whether your tiler has quoted to seal the grout. If not, you'll want to make sure this happens.
Tiles can be laid in more that one way
A rectangle tile, laid vertically, will make the space it’s laid in appear longer. Vertically laid tiles can make a low ceiling look higher.
What is the difference between ceramic and porcelain?
The fundamental difference between ceramic tiles and porcelain tiles is in the technology behind their production. Porcelain are less porous making them a bit more durable and can be made in very large sizes, they're suitable for high traffic locations such as airports or shopping malls. Ceramic tiles are made from a mixture of clay and some minerals. Due to the slight variations and irregularities, they can have a more interesting aesthetic.
What are all the different finishes?
- Matt has a matt surface
- Satin Smooth/silky matt surface
- Polished/semi-polished Machine polished for a shiny, reflective finish.
- Glazed A glaze is applied to give the tile a hard non-porous surface. Glazes can have a matt, semi-gloss or gloss finish.
- Roccia or structured A finish with ridges and dips in the surface of the tile.
- Grip A sandpaper like finish, usually used on outdoor tiles.
What is the difference between glazed and unglazed tiles?
Glazed and unglazed tiles are made the same way except that glazed tiles have a glass layer (glaze). The glaze provides an unlimited array of colors and designs & protects the tile from staining.
Unglazed tiles are very similar except their surface is not coated. Unglazed ceramic tiles do not show wear because their color extends throughout the tile, making them ideal for commercial applications.