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Here at the Ceramic Tile Warehouse, we know that unless you're an expert, tiles can be a little daunting to buy. From their uses to their qualities and even their styles, there is such a huge range of wall and floor tiles available that it can be easy to feel like you don't know where to begin! With this in mind, we've compiled some of the most frequently asked tile questions to help make your selection easier.
Measurements are always daunting – what happens if you don't buy enough tiles, and then find that they've been discontinued, for example? Don't worry; it's actually quite simple to calculate how many tiles you need.
Firstly, work out the square footage or meter-age. This is easily done by multiplying the width by the length of the room for floor tiles, or the width by the height of the area for wall tiles. Next, multiply the length and width of a single tile, and divide the area to be tiled by the area which will be covered by one tile. This will give you the number of tiles you need, but remember to add 10% to this figure to cover breakages.
Alternatively, there are many tile calculators online, or you can bring your measurements in to us here at the Ceramic Tile Warehouse and we'll calculate the number of tiles needed.
Generally floor tiles can be used on walls, but remember that as floor tiles are usually a little thicker than the likes of porcelain tiles or ceramic tiles designed for walls, you may need to add weight bearing backing boards for added strength when securing the tiles.
Unlike using floor tiles on walls, unless the tile specifies that it is suitable for use on both floors and walls, it's not recommended to use wall tiles on the floor. Floor tiles are generally slightly thicker, which prevents cracking over time, and you also need to bear in mind the slip ratings of tiles. For example, certain porcelain and ceramic tiles, and natural stone tiles, including the likes of travertine and limestone tiles, are designed to provide more resistance against slipping, making them safer to use on floors.
Large tiles will always be firm favourites for spacious rooms. Fewer grout lines mean the space will flow well and large format tiles will always make a room look bigger. For floors, we recommend natural stone such as travertine, marble or limestone tiles, depending on the look you're trying to create, for an upmarket finish.
Although underfloor heating can be used with most types of floor tiles, some tiles are better at conducting heat and will therefore give you a warmer room than others. Natural stone tiles and ceramic tiles work best as they have a hard surface and can maintain a temperature for longer.
If you'd like further advice on wall and floor tiles, don't be afraid to ask our experts at the Ceramic Tile Warehouse. The team is happy to offer advice and expertise in all areas, from choosing a tile to installing tiles.
The same can be said of our colleagues at the Stone Gallery, suppliers of high-quality natural stone tiles, and Park Street Interiors, for all your kitchen, bathroom and bedroom furniture needs – and as we're all part of the Art of Living triangle, you'll find us in the same business park, too. Don't be afraid of choosing tiles: our experts are happy to help.