There are so many tiles on the market in Geelong nowadays and it can be confusing to figure out which suits your requirements through your property. Some are better suited to wet areas, some are only for walls and some tiles are only suitable for outdoors.
A quick guide to the differing types and characteristics of tiles will hopefully help you make the right choice! Here is a little information on each. Obviously, if you have the time, come into our store and our friendly sales staff can help to guide you to your perfect floor.
Ceramic tiles are generally less expensive, making them a great option for those on a budget. They are available in a variety of colours, sizes and patterns. Ceramic tiles are glazed, meaning that they do not require sealing.
Porcelain tiles are generally more durable than a ceramic tile. The tiles are either glazed, semi-rectified or fully rectified. The surface only, is enhanced on the glazed porcelain tile, however the surface colour is consistent the whole way through on the fully vitrified tile. This means that if the tile is chipped, the damage is much less visible. They do however require sealing to help protect the tile. The majority of porcelain tiles available on the market are glazed tiles. Porcelain tiles are generally more expensive to have installed and the bigger the tiles can incur a higher cost to install.
Mosaic tiles or feature tiles can be made from porcelain, ceramic, glass or natural stone in both glazed and unglazed. They are a fantastic way to enhance the appearance of any area, giving it a more modern design element.
Natural stone tiles include marble, granite, limestone and slate. Depending on the stone type, they have varying levels of density and durability. They can be used in domestic or commercial installations, both indoors and outdoors. They have the natural look which is very popular right now!
If tiling a wet area, it is best to use a Matt or Lapato finish as they have non-slip properties. Gloss tiles are suited to all non-wet areas, therefore they can be slippery underfoot.
Come into our showroom today and have a look at our range. Our staff can help you with all your tiling requirements including grout, adhesives, floor levellers, bathroom accessories including wall niches and more. We can help with colour selection and have many years of experience in tiles and all other flooring types.