Are you building a new home or renovating the current one? Tiles are an integral part of the house, whether for the flooring or the bathroom and kitchen walls. Has anyone ever found it easy to pick tiles for their home? With so many options to choose from, it can get overwhelming to pick just one.
Sometimes, you just look at a pattern or colour, and you know it’s perfect for your home. But that doesn’t always work. And if you are a methodical person, you will want to make a list of factors to contemplate when choosing tiles for your home.
That’s exactly what we’ve got here for you. Things like colour, texture, material, patterns, cost, etc., are some crucial factors that decide whether the tiles are suitable for your home or not.
Other vital aspects like durability, anti-skid, affordability, and easy maintenance depend on the above factors.
Factors to know when you choose tiles for your home
Style or Appearance of the Tiles
The first question to call on is whether you want the tiles to stand out or blend into the background. If you’re planning to have a centrepiece in the room (a luxurious bathtub in the bathroom is one example), you wouldn’t want the tiles to be bold and take away the attraction from the bathtub. But if the fittings are ordinary items, you will need something to stand out and enhance the overall appearance of the room. In short, the design and look of the tiles need to complement the other items in the room.
If you want a countryside setting in your home, the tiles need to be in earthy tones, preferably made of natural stone to suit the theme. If you are a fan of modern designs, you’ll need something in the same vein. From whites to greys, you can opt for any shade, depending on the other items in the room.
Tiles are made using various materials. Ceramic, porcelain, and natural stone are the three famous and most preferred materials in the market.
If you are on a budget, ceramic would be the best choice. These are easily available and can last for a decent time. The maintenance of ceramic tiles is also easy. Being called the all-rounders, the ceramic tiles come in a multitude of patterns, designs, colours, and sizes. However, these tend to chip off the edges over time.
Natural stone tiles are again classified into different types. Limestone, granite, marble, etc., are a few examples of natural stone. These usually come in earthy and darker colours (except for marble) and are not uniform in appearance or design. It is rather hard to find tiles that look exactly the same. These are expensive too. The natural stone tiles are softer and porous but can be prone to wear and tear when there is high activity.
Porcelain is water-resistant and highly durable. These tiles can sustain wear and tear like no other material. That’s the reason people opt for porcelain tiles indoors and outdoors. Obviously, these are costlier than ceramic ones, but not as expensive as the natural stone and are easy to maintain.
Quality, Wear Resistance, and Anti-Skid
Though the material of the tile decides its durability and wear resistance, we should not forget that each material is again graded in terms of quality. The price range is set based on the quality grading. Generally speaking,
- Class 0 is the least and not meant for flooring
- Class 1 is good for abrasion-free conditions
- Class 2 works for regular living rooms
- Class 3 is suitable for high activity areas
- Class 4 and 5 are recommended for commercial establishments
Anti-skid tiles are a must if you are using them for the flooring. Your home is a place you relax, and it doesn’t make sense if you have to double-check every step you take. Kids and elders would be at a higher risk if the flooring of your home is not anti-skid.
How Easy is the Maintenance?
The size of the tiles also determines the ease of cleaning and maintenance. Smaller tiles imply more grout lines, and that means more maintenance. Textures also make it hard to clean because the dirt gets stuck in the subtle dents and embossing on the tiles.
If there are pets and kids at home, light-coloured glossy tiles may not be the right choice. Similarly, if you live in dry regions with more dust, dark and unglazed tiles wouldn’t suit as they show the dirt clearly. Remember that natural stone and unglazed tiles need sealing that has to be reapplied every couple of years.
You can get creative with the layout to make the most of the simplest of tiles. Something like a brickwork arrangement can enhance the overall appearance of the entire room.