Probably the major factor in choosing a bathroom for most of us is the cost. If you are anything like me you will look through piles of interior design and other inspirational magazines but then be faced with the prospect of re-creating your dream bathroom on a tight budget. Instead of limestone or marble maybe ceramic tiles or porcelain tiles would do just as well, or would they? Can stone effect porcelain tiles, for instance, ever look as good as natural stone? I know they are much easier to maintain but I still can’t make up my mind whether the additional cost of the natural stone is worth it.
People concerned about their environment often ask if tiling their floors or walls in their home is an eco-friendly choice. It is perhaps understandable that this question is asked so often as it is difficult to know whether a manufactured product is good or bad for the environment and when it comes to natural stone tiles, the product might be natural but what about the process to extract the natural stone and make it into tiles?
If you are reasonably competent at DIY then tiling your own walls or floor should be fairly straightforward; of course, some aspects of tiling are harder than others – if you choose large porcelain tiles for an awkward space you may find cutting them to shape a nuisance but, providing you have made a sensible choice for your room and your own capabilities then there is no reason why an amateur cannot achieve a professional-looking finish.
Getting a tiling project underway can be an exciting time for any DIY enthusiast. But before you start getting ready to work, check out our list of essential items for your project so you don’t have to suddenly rush out to the hardware shop for something you’ve forgotten. The exact shopping list will depend on the project you are doing, but you should definitely have the basic essentials listed here…
It might seem a straightforward process to remove tiles from the surface of walls or floors, however if you don’t know what you are doing you could end up damaging the adjacent tile and making a simple job into a major task. Whether you need to replace a broken tile, want to swap a plain tile for a patterned or coloured tile or just get rid of a tiled area in your home, make sure you follow these step by step instructions to help the process go more smoothly.
If you have never had a go at tiling before, it can seem a pretty daunting task. Working out how many tiles you need is just the start of the stress. Getting your technique right and your finish perfect can make the difference between creating a beautiful room and being left with a mess, so make sure you have done your homework before you launch into your tiling project. Read our top tips to help your next tiling project go to plan.
If you cannot resist the natural beauty of limestone tiles for your new kitchen or bathroom then youmay need to know how to care for your new limestone floor. The main potential issue you need to be aware of is that acidic substances (including lemon juice) can cause significant and noticeable damage to limestone because limestone is a calcium-based material. So it is essential that the tiles are sealed after they have been installed for added protection.
And here are some more easy pointers towards keeping your beautiful limestone floor looking good for years to come.
There is no denying that limestone tiles are beautiful – they have a unique beauty that cannot be matched by even the best quality porcelain. But there is also no denying that they need regular maintenance to stay looking as good as new (whereas porcelain tiles need very little, if any, maintenance). Whether you choose limestone tiles in a polished or honed finish, a tumbled or brushed finish they will always require significant effort to keepthemlooking good.
Depending on the conditions in a bathroom, mould can develop quickly or only after a few years but whenever it appears it is an unwelcome site. It can be a range of colours from reddish brown to black &hash; it will initially develop on the grout and sealant but eventually start to form on porcelain or ceramic tiles as limescale builds up on them.
Many older style houses have generous-sized bedrooms but lack the en-suite bathroom or shower room that many consider a necessity. In the same square footage in a more modern house there would certainly be additional en-suite bathrooms. But how easy is it to fit an en-suite shower room (or wet room) into an existing bedroom.
Clearly getting the waterproofing of the walls and floors right is critical to the success of a wet room but there are also some other important aspects to consider. The type of grout to use, the most suitable drainage, underfloor heating and, of course, the best type of wall and floor tiles, particularly with respect to non-slip floor tiles.
Turning an ordinary bathroom into a wet room can transform everyday bathing into a luxurious experience. Depending on the fixtures, fittings and accessories you choose you could create the effect of a luxury spa within your own home with a beautiful fully-tiled space. But just how easy is it to create a wet room in your own home?
There are a number of standard classifications of tile adhesive that determine how flexible the adhesive is and this should concern you if you are installing tiles in a position where there is likely to be movement after the tiles have been fixed in place. This could be ongoing movement due to temperature and moisture changes such as floor tiles laid over a timber floor, which is liable to expand and shrink as the climate changes. It could also be tiling installed in a new building where a concrete or brick structure may initially be subject to some settling. But movement of a tiled surface can also happen to a lesser extent in other situations such as a tiled bath panel which may suffer some minor movement every time the bath is filled.
When you’re remodeling your kitchen, you have a lot of choices to make, and those choices aren’t cheap. You want to get the best value for your money, but you also want to stay within your budget. When it comes to selecting a floor type for your kitchen, it can be one of the toughest decisions to make. You have to factor in everything from price to practicality to style.
Ceramic and porcelain tiles are widely used in our homes in kitchens, bathrooms, conservatories and other rooms, and the laying of these tiles on either floors or walls can often be tackled as a DIY job. Laying straight lines of tiles is a relatively easy job as is making straight cuts in the tiles, but rooms are rarely perfectly square around the edges and it is the finish around the edges that is the most difficult to get right.
Slate tiles are one of the most versatile coverings and can be used as floor tiles and wall tiles and in almost every aspect of the home. A whole room can be lined with natural slate tiles. You can even cover furniture with it. It looks just beautiful on bars, tables, and worktops. Even home accessories such as wall clocks, coasters, trivets, and chess boards can be made with slate. But why use natural slate tiles?
Travertine tiles can have four major finishes, polished (shiny), honed (matte), brushed and tumbled. The type of finish given to the travertine tile will determine how shiny the surface will be. Polished and honed surfaces are flat and smooth, the brushed and tumbled surfaces are textured. A polished tile surface is the shiniest, while the tumbled surface reflects the least amount of light.
We are probably all familiar with inkjet printers and their many uses from printing paperwork, children’s homework, photos, our own greetings cards etc. but industrial strength versions are also now being used to print designs on ceramic tiles with specially formulated inks. This opens up a whole new world of design possibilities in our homes with a range of new decorative effects from established ceramic tile manufacturers and also from smaller companies who will print your own designs onto ceramic tiles.
Bathroom tiling is often seen as a just a practical choice when designing and building a bathroom. It’s a wet environment, so of course it’s better to have the water stopping power of tile, which won’t mold or allow water to seep through into the main floorboards. Furthermore, tile is easy to clean and can be mopped up. Moreover, it allows water to evaporate more easily, which can help to reduce moisture damaged in the rest of the room. Without a doubt, it’s the best possible material for a bathroom. However, many people don’t think about how much color and style they can add to their home with the skillful use of tiling. […]
Whether you’re moving into a new home, renovating your current one, or you just think your bathroom tiling job needs a facelift, there is always the dilemma of whether you should knowledge-up and do it yourself, or hire a professional to complete the job for you. But unless you’re a qualified tiler or you’ve had some experience with tiling, you’re probably going to be out of your element. Choosing what tiles you want is the easy part; the hard part is installing those tiles if you want a finish like professionals can deliver. […]