Published by Hannah King
Posted on 6 January 2020
We often get asked to recommend the best type of tiles for floors and walls but the answer is there are many different kinds and depend on your budget and taste. From classic ceramic to porcelain and sensational natural stone, read on this week for the ultimate guide to tiles for home renovations.
Great for walls, splashbacks and floors, ceramic tiles have been around for an age. You’ll see them everywhere you go from the tube to the pub and they’re probably even somewhere in your home. Generally, they’re smaller than other tile types, are durable and easy to clean. They’re also much cheaper than porcelain tiles so great for even the tightest of budgets.
Porcelain tiles fit into two groups – glazed and also unglazed. Glazed porcelain tiles are a popular choice and are resistant to water, stains and wear. It’s also possible to digitally print the tiles themselves for an authentic replica of a natural material. This is effects like marble, wood or slate which can be used anywhere in the home. Porcelain generally costs more than ceramic but it looks nicer and is easier to clean. When you also consider how durable and long-lasting it is it’s probably the better choice of the two. Unglazed porcelain tiles don’t contain a layer of glaze, instead, they are made of natural clays. They are also sometimes described as full-bodied tiles because the colour runs all the way through the tile.
If you’re looking for something with the wow-factor, natural stone tiles won’t let you down. A broad term used to describe the different types of quarried stone, choose from granite, marble, travertine and slate. Yes, these tiles are undeniably stunning and yes they have a price to match but what you receive in return is timeless beauty and hardiness to last a lifetime. If cost is a concern for your project, porcelain will offer you greater savings. Nothing, however, can beat natural stone – there’s just something so polished about this choice of material.
First used by the Ancient Greeks and Romans, everybody knows a mosaic tile when they see one. They’re also still very popular today and are amazing for adding lots of intricate detail. You’d also be surprised to learn that although they look tricky, mosaic tiles are actually pretty easy to install. Consisting of small pieces of tile arranged on a sheet they give the impression of hundreds of tiny tiles. Mosaics are available in a variety of shapes and materials like glass or stone. You’ll also find them in strips as a decorative feature or on a wet room floor for more grip.
Widely used for mosaic designs but did you also know that glass tiles can be used alone too? An environmentally friendly alternative to ceramic, glass has many benefits in terms of maintenance and style. Glass tiles are often transparent and reflect light so would make a room appear bigger than it is. They’re also available in many colours and interesting shapes including an on-trend scalloped finish. Some other great qualities of glass tiles, they are fairly durable and less porous than ceramic. This helps to resist stains like mould and mildew but they are typically more expensive. They additionally require expert grouting in order to keep their clean aesthetic but distinctive glass tiles are well worth the trouble and will provide an endless amount of options.
Looking for a way to update your home but want something that stands out with style? Replace worn-out tiles with a modern solution like porcelain, stone or glass. Once they’re down, they’re down for good so it’s better to opt for something that you love. Bring beauty to your walls and floors with high-quality tiles – please get in touch to discuss a project. Thank you for reading.