10 Top Tip When Buying Tiles
We understand that choosing tiles can be exciting but there are also lots of things to consider in order not to make any costly mistakes. To help you with your decision making, we’ve compiled the 10 top tips when buying tiles.
1. Ordering the right amount of tiles
To help ensure you’ve ordered enough tiles to cover your project, we always recommend that you increase your order by approximately 10% to allow for any breakages, wastage and spares. When laying your tiles in a herringbone format, we would suggest that you increase your order to an extra 15% which will take into account any delicate layouts.
2. Choosing the right size tiles
With so much choice and range in the marketplace, it is important to pick the right size that fits the space most appropriately. You will need to consider the overall size of the scheme, and the orientation and shape of the tile, whether it be portrait, landscape, square, hexagonal, large format, small or mosaic. A large room will lend itself to a large format tile. A small, more intimate room would suit a smaller pattern.
3. Ordering a sample first
We provide a sample ordering service to help you make an informed decision on your tile choice or choices. We feel this helps you to see the colour, feel the texture and view the tile in situ. Whether it’s a tile swatch or a full tile we often feel this is an important process to help show the tile finish and how the natural or artificial light in your scheme can make tiles appear very differently from our showroom or a brochure.
4. Choosing quality over price
We like to think that when you purchase your new tiles it’s like an investment, whether it’s in your home, office or outside as it will help to add true value to your property. Consider spending the extra money to gain the better quality tiles as they will look better and last longer.
5. Planning the layout
Before you start the exciting journey of purchasing tiles, we advise you to make a sketch or draw out a plan of the proposed space that you want to tile. This will help you to work out the amount of tile cuts, where you can and cannot tile and other unforeseen considerations.
6. Making a practical tile choice
Let your tile choice be led by a practical choice rather than an emotional one. It’s easy to fall in love with a tile but find that it’s not right for your scheme. Therefore, you will need to consider its usage and the duress it will need to uphold – is the tile going to be used internally or externally, is it in a high-traffic area, is it slip resistant, does it need to be filled or sealed. All these factors will help you make an informed decision.
7. Choosing a professional tile installer
We have seen it happen too many times. When a customer chooses their tiles very carefully and rushes to have them installed by an inexperienced tiler. To lay tiles is a craft and a professional tiler will have spent years honing their craft to gain the necessary skills and experience required to make your chosen tile look the best whether it be natural stone, mosaic, large format, porcelain or ceramic. Once you’ve know when your tiles will be delivered, ensure the tiler is on hand to plan the install, avoiding wasted time on-site when you’re still waiting for your tiles.
8. Allow cost and time for delivery
When ordering your tiles, we will advise any additional delivery cost and we will investigate the delivery lead times to give you an estimation of the product arrival. Dependent on the quantity of your order, the tiles may be delivered on a pallet so please allow for necessary space on your property or allow for a curb-side delivery.
On arrival of your consignment, we would advise that you check the quality of the tiles to ensure they have arrived safely and they are consistent with your order.
9. Ensure your tiles are sealed
When you are looking to find the right tile, we will advise which ones need extra care after installation such as natural stone, encaustic, terracotta and crackle glaze which all need to be sealed before general use. There are many products on the market to take care of your tiles on an ongoing basis and we stock a good range of sealant, stain block and wax to help avoid fading, staining and enhanced appearance.
10. Picking the right grout colour
There are many ranges of different grouts which all claim to do the same thing. The secret to choosing a good grout is to buy a high quality brand that offers a wide selection of colours. This means that you can choose exactly the right colour to match your tile choice. The lighter selection will match your natural stone ranges whether a black or a grey colour will match a contemporary porcelain. Please also be mindful of the joint width so as not to go too wide or narrow versus the size of your tile.
You will also need to review the colour and amount of grout – too much heavy grout can over complicate the design and distract from the overall design.