Do you remember the days of Ask Jeeves. Search engines like Google were not yet capable of answering direct questions. So Jeeves was created to help you. These days, however, are long gone. Many people now call Siri, Alexa or Google for answers to their burning questions. The Ca’ Pietra design team has compiled five most popular queries about tiles. We have provided advice so you can decorate with confidence.
Here is where opinions can diverge. Some people believe that smaller mosaic tiles are best for a small bathroom, while others recommend larger tiles to open up the space.
It is important to assess the suitability of the tiles before you begin to envision the tiles. Check the following before you start thinking about bathroom tiles: Are they suitable for walls or floors? Are they compatible with underfloor heating? What is the slip rating of the tiles? Underfloor heating is essential for drying wet rooms. You may love a tile, but it’s not a good idea to put it on the floor.
It all comes down to whether you want to celebrate the cosiness of your room by highlighting its small dimensions and celebrating its cosiness. You can choose to use tiles such as Yoga Penny, Brasserie Mosaic, or ones with prints like Brick Lane and Spitalfields.
If you want to make a small bathroom seem larger, use 30-60 cm plain-coloured tiles for your floors and walls. They’ll blur the lines so that your floor space doesn’t feel so defined. Brompton Field or Chemistry Porcelain are smaller options.
What tiles are suitable for a fireplace?
Tiling a fireplace is a great way to make it stand out in a room, whether it’s a Victorian cast iron surround or in an inglenook alcove to hold your log-burning stove.
There are many tile options that will work in this area. This means you don’t need to limit your creativity. You have the option of using porcelain, ceramic, glass, and natural stones such as marble or slate. Ca’Pietra tiles‘ porcelain is a good choice because it absorbs heat naturally due to its density. However, you should ensure that there is a buffer of at least 20cm between your tiles, and the flame.
Also, consider whether your surfaces can support the weight of your tiles. This is especially important if you are tiling fireplace walls. If so, it’s worth looking for a heat-resistant adhesive or grout that can withstand high temperatures.
What tiles can be used outside?
Porcelain is a very common tile material that can be used outdoors. They are frostproof because they don’t absorb moisture so won’t crack. And they require very little maintenance to keep them looking great. You can also get patterned porcelain tiles that will add a unique touch to your garden, rather than traditional stone paving. You should make sure the porcelain tile can be used outside. Many of our porcelain tiles are also suitable for outdoor use.
Another option is natural stone tiles for paving patios or terraces. There are many natural stones that can be used outdoors. As with porcelain, ensure that the stone you choose is frost-resistant and slip-resistant. Natural stone can add character and style to any space. It will need to be sealed regularly to prevent it from absorbing too much water.
A porcelain version is better than a natural stone if you feel the maintenance will be too difficult. Blenheim, an example of a porcelain tile that masquerades as natural stone is also a great option. If you are ready to accept the natural stone’s character over time, Denham is your path to perfect paving.
What tiles are best for underfloor heating?
It’s nothing like waking up in the winter and finding warm tiles in your bathroom. Underfloor heating is a great way to reap the benefits. You want tiles that conduct heat well and are not too dense for heat to pass through.
Porcelain tiles work well underfloor heating systems. They are also more affordable than natural stones. If you have ever dreamed of a marble or limestone floor, then they are also great heat conductors. Underfloor heating works well with terracotta.
Cracks are usually a sign that there is a problem with the tiles rather than a poor screed. Make sure you lay the correct foundation – this is not an area to ignore.
What Tiles Are Best for Sealing?
Sealant protects your tiles and gives them a long, happy life. Sealant is required for most natural stones, particularly those that are more susceptible to staining. Our Stone Essentials Stain Block eco sealant, which is water-based, can be used on all types of natural stones including limestone, marble, and terracotta tiles such as our Marlborough collection. It also works well with terrazzo or encaustic.
Durable porcelain tiles can be left untreated, just like most ceramic tiles. Crackle glaze tiles should be sealed with Crackle Glaze Sealant if you plan to install them.
It’s not only the tiles you need to seal, but also your grouting. They’ll be easier to clean if you apply a sealant on top. This will make it much easier to scrub your teeth.
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