The Best Ultimate Guide For Tile Floors And Wall Decors 2021

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All you need to know about tile flooring.

Almost, if not all, homes has some kind of tiled surface. Tiles are a popular option for flooring, wall decor, etc. Tiles are highly durable, low-maintenance and comes in an array of finish, shapes and design. Here is the ultimate guide for tile floors and decors. From kinds of tiles, how to choose the right tile and maintaining and cleaning your new floors.
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1. Ceramic Tiles

Ceramic is one of the most common types of tile used in the home due to it being suitable for many applications. Its increased durability makes it ideal for high-traffic areas like kitchens, bathrooms and entryways. Their long lifespan, the versatility of use and high resistance to scratches and abrasions are the most significant features of ceramic tiles.

Ceramic tiles offer a wide range of design possibilities. They are easy to maintain and clean. In addition, if you’re trying to stick to a renovation budget, ceramic tiles come in great price points.

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2. Porcelain Tiles

The difference between porcelain and ceramic tile is subtle, but porcelain tiles’ appeal comes from their ability to emulate natural stone, brick or wood – and without any of the maintenance.

Porcelain tile is manufactured from denser clay and treated at a much higher temperature making it much more sturdy and resistant to damage. In contrast to ceramic, porcelain can be used outdoors due to its negligible porosity and better resistance to frost and extreme temperatures. This kind of tile comes in many finishes which can suit different ways of use.

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3. Mosaic Tiles

Mosaic tiles are highly popular for small room applications such as kitchens and bathrooms. Basically a smaller tile, mosaics give you a chance to express your creative ideas for interior design. This style of tile is best used as an accent on walls and as backsplashes. Choosing mosaics design can be outdated so for longer use, choose classic designs.

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4. Marble Tiles

If your priority is adding aesthetic value and elegance to your home, marble tiles are the ideal choice. Though costly, marble tiles add instant refinement to any room. They’re manufactured from highly durable natural stone and are available in almost every colour.

On top of being costly, marble requires a lot of upkeep to keep it in pristine conditions. They are susceptible to scratches, stains and, because of their porous nature, are hard to clean. Therefore, are hardly used outdoors. For a budgetary breather, most homeowners use marble in decorative features such as shower floors, columns and backsplashes.

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5. Granite Tile

Granite is a natural stone that has similar characteristics to marble, although having distinct differences. Made from granite, a dense and hard igneous rock, granite tiles are usually installed in areas with heavy foot traffic.

Seen as a cheaper alternative, granite tiles are natural and durable with scratch-resistant factors. Although highly porous and prone to stains like marble tiles, granite tiles do perform well when polished.

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6. Metal Tiles

Metal tiles give a modern and chic aesthetic with superior durability. Costs for metal tiles are usually similar to natural stone. It will withstand the test of time in both functions and in look.

One thing to consider with metal tile is that it tends to scratch as often as one would like. Some prefer this occurrence since it can soften the overall look, but if that’s not your preference, you might want to stir away from this one.

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7. Slate Tiles

Slate is one of the most popular materials used today. Made from natural mineral deposits, it is highly durable that gives off a unique beauty to surfaces.

Usually cheaper than marble and granite tiles, they are still considered high-end, priced more than ceramic tiles.

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8. Hardwood/Wood Look Tiles

Wood floorings are known to increase the value of homes. Wood-look tiles have the exquisite beauty and feel of hardwood, with the high durability and easy maintenance of ceramic tiles.

Nowadays, technology has advanced so much when it comes to tile designing that wood look tiles are often mistaken for the real thing.

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Living Room

The living room is the first room you see when you enter a house. Usually, the living room is where you recognize the feel and aesthetic of the home.

The floors can be anything you really want. Living room floors, by design, are the floors that are installed all throughout the house. We suggest vinyl floors, they come in plenty of designs, are highly durable, easy to clean and inexpensive.

The living room wall décor can be seen around the fireplace. Stone, 3D and textured tiles are popular design options for wall tiles.

Bedroom

Bedroom designs will depend on the sizes of your bed and closet, as well as whom is the bedroom for, with the master mostly used by the homeowner.

We recommend carpet floors for smaller and/or kids’ bedrooms as a safer or more comfortable flooring option.

Kitchen

The kitchen is arguably the most renovated places in the home. Choosing tiles that will not make the space look dated is best. Marble backsplashes behind the stove area is a great option for kitchens that have lighter look.

Countertops for kitchen islands can act as an accent piece when you choose our new Agate Slabs!

Dining Room

The dining room may be small or extensive, with most people preferring their dining areas to be adjacent to their kitchens.

Something close to the aesthetic of the kitchen is a design choice that we recommend. One unique idea is having décor tiles below your dining table.

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When we said the kitchen is one of arguably the most renovated places in the home, it’s because bathrooms are also an equal contender. Washrooms are their own space. Deciding on what kind of design is up to you and your budget.

Hardwood does not go well with humidity, so we suggest tiles for this part of your home. We highly recommend backsplashes and wall tiles to give the area motif.

Basement

When purchasing a house, most basements either have carpet flooring or exposed flooring for unfinished ones. Remodeling your basement is a fun project. You can turn into another room or install a wet bar for a place where you can relax after a long day’s work.

Countertops and backsplashes can heighten your chill basement’s look.

Home Office

The home office is most important for people who work from home. The setting of this room is supposed to be professional and quiet. We recommended having décor exclusively for your home office, so it would be easier for you to separate home and work.

Home Office

The home office is most important for people who work from home. The setting of this room is supposed to be professional and quiet. We recommended having décor exclusively for your home office, so it would be easier for you to separate home and work.

Laying Ceramic Tiles. Tiler placing ceramic wall tile in position over adhesive

Depending on the project, tile installation can be done by you or by professionals. There are plenty of DIY Tile Installation on the web. However, when it comes to big projects like kitchen and bathroom renovations, it’s best to leave it to experts.

The right amount of tiles to purchase doesn’t solely on the measurement of the area you want it to be installed on. Different factors are considered when buying the right amount of tiles. Calculate how much tile you need.

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As mentioned before, tiles do not need much cleaning. Daily sweeping and dusting will do the trick, but for that spotless cleaning we sometimes need to do, here are the best ways to clean your ceramic flooring and grout:

  1. Maintaining your floors
  • Use a soft bristle broom to sweep the tile and grout
  • Vacuum with a brush attachment to clean up remaining dust and particles
  • Be sure to sweep and vacuum thoroughly before mopping the tile floor
  1. Cleaning your tile floors
  • Use a soft bristle scrub and a mixture of vinegar and warm water. Let it stay wet for at least 5 minutes. Rinse with hot water and wipe dry with a microfiber cloth.
  • If you’re not a fan of the strong smell of vinegar, floor cleaners from stores work great too. Just be sure to get the right one and follow the instructions to avoid ruining or permanently staining your new floors.
  1. Cleaning the grout in between

One of the toughest areas to clean is the tile grout. Making sure they stay clean will save you plenty of time and effort, but in some cases, tile grout can be forgotten and left for all dirt to set in.

  • Mix a paste of baking soda and water
  • Apply to grout stain. Set overnight
  • Scrub with a nylon brush. Do not scrub with a metal brush as this could scratch your tile
  • Let air dry. Consider putting a silicon-based grout seal to resist future dirt and stain

We hope this ultimate guide can help you and answer any questions you might have about tiles. Please leave a comment and share this article!

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How much tile do you need? Calculate Your Tile Square Footage [Super Easy How To]

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How many tiles should I order?

If you're planning to install some tiles, with the help of a pro or not, knowing how much you need and what you'll be spending is very important. Tiles are usually sold not by pieces but by square footage. If you’re planning to install your own tiles or just calculating to budget your materials, here is the super easy way to calculate how much tile you need.
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What you’ll need:

  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Measuring tape
  • Calculator

First, let’s discuss the importance of knowing the square footage of the area you need tiling. Tiles come in different shapes and sizes. With that said, learning how to measure the area and calculating how much tile you need is the first step to achieving what you envision for your space.

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a = length in feet
b = width in feet

a x b = total FT2

Vendors show the approximate square foot a box of tile would cover. The number of tiles you will be purchasing will depend on the number of boxes you need to cover the area you want tiling.

Measuring an area of your house using “inches” is easier; however, you must convert them to feet.

Conversion – One thing to remember is that units should be consistent. If measuring in inches, you’ll have to divide each measurement by 12 before multiplying to get the square footage.

Formula: 12×12 inches = 144 square inches = 1 square foot
Example: 25×150 inches = 3750 square inches = 3750/144 square inches = 26 ft2

Steps For Square Footage

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Find length and width with measuring tool.

  • Set one side to be measured as “length”.
  • Place tape measure on one end of the length and extend it to the other end.
  • Record the measurement in inches.
  • Set the other side as “width”.
  • Place tape measure on one end of the length and extend it to the other end.
  • Record the measurement in inches.
  • Apply square footage formula:

Length (inches) X Width (inches) = Area (square inches)
Square inches / 144 = FT2 

For Complex Shapes

Break it down into basic shapes and set a “length” and “width” for each. Proceed to do the steps above.

AB ft2 + CD ft2 = total FT2 

After finding the square foot of each area, add it all together for the total FT2.

Calculating Waste

Calculating waste is a crucial part of ordering tiles. It’s never a bad thing to have more, especially if you’re doing it yourself. Purchasing enough to cover the area of installation and then some to keep someplace as spare is essential. For tile installer amateurs, it is best to be prepared for mistakes and mishaps here and there. Purchasing more materials than what you need is more than okay. If something unexpected happens to your tile in the future, you’ll be glad you have some replacement tiles. The recommended amount of waste purchase is 15% of your total square footage.

In conclusion, the recommended formula for ordering tile is:

Total FT2 + Waste = Amount of Tiles

And that’s it! You are now able to know how much tile you need! Online square footage calculators are available for help in multiplication and conversion.

 

Ref:
5 Steps to Calculate How Much Tile You Need
How to Calculate Square Footage For Tile
Tile Calculation

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