Wall and Floor Tiling
There are so many types of wall and floor tile to choose from now that a lot of our customers just don't know what to go for. So let us take you through the options and explain the pros and cons of all the different styles and materials you can select to make your bathroom walls and floors look fantastic and keep your water where it belongs. There are a number of things to consider when choosing your tiling, including the material, the style, the durability, the floor itself, and ease of cleaning.
Porcelain tiles are a higher quality of tile made by using a smoother clay which is then kiln fired to a higher temperature to ensure that the final surface is harder and more water resistant than standard ceramic tiles. Since the result is a strong, durable, and water resistant tile that makes porcelain tiles excellent for the bathroom (your toilet is probably porcelain already) and while they tend to be slightly more expensive than normal ceramic tiles that is balanced by their harder wearing nature. If the word 'porcelain' makes you think of bland white tiles then let us show you the incredible range of modern porcelain tiles that can be shaped and coloured to look like slate, wood, or any number of other materials while still retaining their strength and water resistance.
Ceramic tiles and porcelain are very similar but ceramic isn't so water resistant, or tough, or heavy. That doesn't mean it has no place in a bathroom, just that it is typically used in surfaces that are less likely to get heavy water use. Ceramic tiles are cheaper than porcelain and easier to cut which makes them much faster to apply.
Field Tiles, Accent Tiles, Border Tiles
One of the beauties of tiling is the unlimited combinations it offers and when you've chosen your field tiles (the ones that make up the main tile colour and style) you may also want accent tiles of a different colour to form patterns or bring out the main field tiles, and perhaps a different border tile to top off and round off edges.
Tile on Tile
If you want to re tile that old bathroom it may not always be necessary to remove all the old tiles. Damaged and non-waterproof tile surfaces will probably have to go in order to put in new waterproofing and protect your walls and floors but if the original tiling is sound we may not have to remove it and it can be used as a foundation which helps with the waterproofing. The key here is really good adhesive application to ensure the new layer bonds with the old but we can do that for you no problem. Tiling over existing tile can speed up the job and reduce your costs so as long as we judge the base level to be sound we will always try to save you money as we renovate your bathroom.