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The Great Little Tile Buying Guide

August 31, 2022

There’s so much information out there about tiles, with great deals everywhere.

To help you make the selection and purchasing of your tiles easier, we’ve compiled a short list of Do’s and Don’t Do’s

  • DO buy enough tiles. If you’re buying tiles through an “end of stock” sale, make sure that you have purchased more than enough to cover damage
  • DO consider future breakages (nothing’s worse than breaking a tile a year after and you have none left and can’t buy replacements!) So buy extra!!
  • DO Take into consideration other factors that may be needed, such as sealing. This is often a detail that is overlooked and can be a costly exercise. Natural terracotta is a great example
  • DO think about future trends. Will the pattern or colour stand the test of time? In other words, can you really live with this in 2 years from now?
  • DO think about a seamless look. If you’re wanting the same look to run from inside to outside, there are so many beautiful indoor and outdoor finishes available. Another thing to consider here – Is there a matching grout to use with my tile selection?
  • DO consider cleaning. A textured finish tile may be perfect for the balcony, but can be difficult to keep clean inside.
  • DO think about the grout – particularly if using a very light colour. Is there a sealant for the grout? Cleaning and care – what are the manufacturers’ recommendations, and does it work for you?
  • DO consider extras. If you’re using borders or diagonals, you will need to allow extra 10-15% for cuts and wastage. The more detailed your design, the more it could cost in labour and materials
  • DO use the correct tile for the specified area ….outdoor tiles for outside and indoor tiles for inside
  • DO consider safety. Are the tiles slippery when wet? Is there a non-slip treatment for the tiles?
  • DO Take your floor plans with you for measurements. The staff at the tile supplier will do an accurate quantity take-off for you
  • DO check that your coping tile is right for the type of swimming pool water you’re going to be using. Some natural stones such as particular sandstones may disintegrate with salt water
  • DO check the size of a tile is suitable for the area. Long timber look plank style tiles can often warp on a vertical surface such as a wall, and once grouted may look uneven
  • DON’T be persuaded by an unbelievable price. If a price is too good to believe, you’re probably right! So do some research on the tiles before committing to purchase. Ask what other projects they’ve been used on, and if possible, talk to the people involved for some background advice. AND make sure there is plenty of stock
  • DON’T be afraid to ask questions – there are no wrong ones!