If you compare covering options for your ground floor areas, you can have tiles or you can have timber, lyno, carpet, paint amongst some obscure others.
With tiles, there is no denting, no oiling, no polishing, no swelling, no staining, no wearing, no maintenance. For this reason, tiles are a cheaper long-term investment for floors. For those who prefer to tile their bathrooms and laundries to ceiling, they will benefit from not having to repaint their walls in years to come as tiles will continue to look new into the future.
Today's home market is dominated by busy families & individuals with little desire to spend time or money maintaining their new living spaces instead looking for beautifully tiled, maintenance free spaces.
That’s why having worked with tiles for many years, we truly believe in the benefits of tiles and the long-term value of the investment.
When installed correctly, Tiles have no limitation or life span. They have been found in the great landmarks of the world, such as the pyramids of Giza, the Taj Mahal, the Acropolis in Athens & Colosseum in Rome. Tiles date back thousands of years.
Todays modern tiles embrace many of the technological advances of their predecessors, making them not only durable and more precise, but lending themselves to a variety of new materials not previously available. Tiles are now produced in ceramic, porcelain, natural stone, glass, metal, large format, small format, mosaics, and more.
With appropriate care and maintenance, in a normal residential setting tiles can often last upwards of 100 years.
Cost versus Value – Different tile types offer varying benefits for the respective consumer. Cost vs Value is something that can only be determined by the individual, however the definitive benefits of the types of tiles are easily identified. Ceramic tiles offer the most cost effective way to tile an area.
Ceramic is cost effective because it is made predominantly of clay, which is a relatively inexpensive raw material.
Porcelain is in fact the most durable of all tile types, due to its raw material make-up and low moisture absorption. The durability of porcelain does however come at an average cost double that of its ceramic counterpart.
Natural Stone encompasses a beauty and elegance that is difficult to replicate. Natural stone typically is the most expensive of all tile types due to the difficulty of physically mining it from the earth. It also has future implications of its use, such as the necessity for regular resealing.
China versus The World – A common misconception of quality is that it is determined by the country of origin. Once upon a time this notion held true, however after many years of perfecting the art of tile making, the best quality tile from China or Asia is on-par with the best quality tile from Italy & Spain.
The key difference that separates European tiles from Asian tiles is the cost of production (specifically the cost of labour), which is not an indication of the cost of quality.
Purpose of Application – It is also important to consider the following purposes for application when selecting tiles:
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