A tile is defined as a manufactured hard-wearing piece of material and the earliest known glazed brick tiles date back to 13th century BC in Persia. Today modern technology enables tiles to come in all shapes, sizes, colours and patterns, but their purpose is the same, to provide a solid, practical, hardwearing and low maintenance base and to add decoration.
Why choose tiles over carpet, vinyl or laminate? They last longer, are lower maintenance and hypoallergenic and for those who say tiles are cold underfoot, underfloor heating works very well with a tiled floor.
A few points to bear in mind, are the tiles suitable for the area intended, do they need to be sealed and how to keep them clean?
One other thing we always advise, were possible use grey grout on the floor. No matter how regularly you clean the floor, over time the grout will go a shade of grey so it makes sense to start with grey! Obviously not such an issue in upstairs rooms and bathrooms.
These are made from dense clays and are fired at a very high temperature, they have a very low absorbency, are hardwearing, suitable for walls and floors and high traffic areas.
Porcelain tiles are usually either through-body, meaning there is no glaze and the colour is the same all the way through or glazed where a glaze with colour/texture/pattern has been applied. Patterned and wood effect tiles are examples of glazed porcelain.
With many different finishes, it is worth checking the wear rating of the tile to determine its suitability for its intended use. Over the past few years as our homes have become more open plan, large format, porcelain tiles have increased in popularity. Many porcelain tiles are also suitable for outside use.
Encaustic are made from cement in a three-layer process that has been used since the 1800’s.
The first layer, the tile face, is a mixture of white cement, powdered white marble and natural colourants, the second a mortar made of fine sand and grey cement and the final a porous mixture to the required thickness. The tiles are then cured. The decorative patterns and colours available are truly amazing.
Natural Stone is quarried from around the world, each piece is unique and whilst some people may be put off by the extra costs and time in fitting and maintenance, for others nothing less than stone will do.
Once laid stone becomes part of the building, it looks stunning and lasts forever.
There are many types, slate, limestone, sandstone, travertine, marble & granite, all available in different sizes and finishes. Whether a traditional English country house or a high tech, modern kitchen there is a stone to add beauty and character to your home.