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Tiles & Other Hard Floors
Whether you are installing a tile floor or a shower wall, you'll want
to consider how much wear and tear it will face on a daily basis.
Apart from selecting the materials that are best suited for your
application, you may also wish to take into account the following:
Tile size required for application
Installation method - grout, floating, glue-down or peel-and-stick
Natural stone tiles such as granite, slate and marble are cut from
large blocks of stone mined from quarries. Most stones are
porous and readily absorb liquids and moisture. Tiles made from
natural stone may vary greatly in colour and veining.
Why choose tile for your home?
Natural stone, ceramic and porcelain floor tiles look great and never go out of style. Choose from hundreds of colors
and styles to make any room look its best. History's most famous buildings made extensive use of natural flooring
materials that were elegant, wear resistant and withstood the test of time.
Ceramic tiles are made from clay and fired at high temperatures until they
solidify. Because they're stain- and water-resistant, ceramic tiles are ideal for
indoor use in practically any location (on or above grade). When properly
cared for, they can last a lifetime with minimal care.
Tiles made from Porcelain are
extremely hard and impermeable,
making them highly resistant to
moisture, stains and wear. They're also
easy to install and can withstand
extreme temperatures, making them suitable for both interior and exterior
applications. Porcelain tile is available in a large array of colours and textures
and is divided into two main categories:
Full-body porcelain tile has a colour pigment mixed with the clay body powder,
giving the finished tile a consistent colour throughout the body of the tile. Glazed
porcelain tile has a coloured glaze added to the surface of the tile.
Granite is extremely durable and features flecks of quartz, feldspar and mica for
unique character; it is ideal for interior and exterior walls and heavy-duty floors.
Slate resists fading, abrasion and
chemicals and is ideal for interior and
exterior floors, walls and tabletops.
Marble has a smooth high-polish surface and tumbled marble bears a
weathered and distressed surface to capture the look from centuries
past. They are suitable for interior walls and moderate-duty floors.
Mosaic tiles are small tiles, generally 2"x2" or smaller, and always less than
six square inches in area. Mosaic tiles may be made from porcelain, tumbled
marble, glass or metal. These tiles are most often mounted on paper,
mesh or dot-mounted sheets to facilitate easier handling and installation.
High-quality Laminate tiles are embossed and micro-bevelled to provide a
realistic look and feel of wood or stone. They are durable, easy to install
and will not fade over time.
Vinyl are economical and durable because the material provides
cushion-y comfort, then springs right back into form. Modern vinyl
designs can mimic stone, ceramic and even metallic tiles.
Article compiled by Mr Bhai Angullia
Managing Director of LaminateFlooring.sg
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