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Ceramic and Porcelain Tiles Buying Guide

Rak Porcelain Floor Tiles for fitted kitchens

Everything you need to know before buying tiles

Great on walls and floors, tiles are the perfect solution for all your bathroom & kitchen needs. With a wide variety of sizes and colours to choose from you can produce the look you require for a modern touch or more traditional feel.

Rak Porcelain Mega slab tiles for your kitchenWhat should you consider before choosing tiles?

What is your colour scheme and will it last?
Tiles are one of the most hardwearing floors and wall surfaces so, they will likely not need replacing the next time you fancy a change of colour.

What sized tiles do you require?
Tile size can vastly affect the overall look of a room. For example, in a smaller room, you do not want your tiles to be too big that you miss the tiled effect.

Rak Porcelain tiles fory our fitted kitchen What area are you using the tiles for?
This includes whether the area is a high traffic area, therefore, needing to be more hardwearing or if it is a family room needing to be non-slip for children.

How many square metres do you need?
You can bring your measurements into the showroom so we can work out the square meterage required for you. We usually recommend purchasing 10% extra in case of breakages. The batch number is also essential so buying enough is crucial.

Have you considered an alternative to traditional tiles?

For something different visit ourĀ Kitchen Splashback page, you might find something you like.

Ceramic vs Porcelain

The other consideration is whether you purchase porcelain or ceramic tiles.

Tileflair ceramic floor tiles for your fitted kitchen Ceramic tiles are usually the more cost-effective while still being hard wearing. They are usually easy to cut and install making for a quicker installation process. They are also great heat conductors making them best for use with underfloor heating.

Rak Porcelain tiles cement for your fitted kitchen Porcelain tiles are most suitable for heavy traffic areas including hallways or kitchens due to their high durability. They are also less porous than ceramic tiles so some porcelain tiles may also be suitable for use outside.

What you will need for tiling

  • Your choice of tiles including 10% extra in case of breakages.
  • Tile adhesive sufficient for your project.
  • Grouting sufficient for your project.
  • Tile spacers for your grout line.
  • Tile saw or cutter.
  • Spirit level/tape measure to avoid wonky tiles.
  • Adhesive and grout spreader.

Tile Maintenance

Regular tile maintenance is crucial to keeping your tiles looking like new. Use products like tile cleaner, protective tile coating, groat cleaner and group protective coating to ensure your tiles last for years and years.

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To inquire about tiling call us on
0117 9340873, or email us kitchens.bristol@gardinerhaskins.co.uk.

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