floor tiles - trends and trials
While in the latest Home magazine, it reminds you of the rich lime kitchen floor of cream Brunley that looks very spectacular, it may not be the most suitable choice for you and your messy family.
Whether you are building a new house or renovating an existing one, the floor of your choice can be built or destroyed, or, worse, the whole house.
Therefore, you must plan your floor carefully;
How to use it, how much traffic it will get, and how the furniture around it looks (
Including soft clothes).
So, before choosing the floor tiles, let\'s take a more detailed look at the points you need to consider.
First of all, look at your family and lifestyle.
Do you have any kids running through the house in dirty shoes or playing \"chasi\" throughout the room \"?
Are you living a very active life with little time (or energy)
Do repetitive chores?
Or are the two of you enjoying the \"empty neighbors\" lifestyle and the shrinking modern townhouses just purchased?
Floor tiles vary greatly in density, air hole rate, strength, durability, non-slip and wear resistance.
All of these factors need to be taken into account when choosing the right natural stone type for floor tiles.
Most tiles are grade 1 to 5 in durability, where grade 1 is at the bottom of the grade and grade 5 is at the top.
So, if the room you are tiling is a busy area of traffic, you need to consider a tile with a grade between four and five.
Again, if the area to be tiled is the game area, you need to consider durability and identify floor tiles that are easy to maintain and keep clean.
You also need to consider other factors, such as the location of the room.
For example, if you put tiles in the entrance corridor, will it be affected by wet boots and umbrellas when it rains?
Or will guests entering across the gravel lane scrape the floor with the remaining gravel debris?
Or, if you plan to use floor tiles in a large entertainment/family room behind the house, leading directly to the pool area, will there be a drop of water or salt water on the floor tiles?
While most natural stone floor tiles are waterproof, in order to protect the new tile floor from salt, you may need to consider a special formula of sealant.
Most natural stone floor tiles are well adapted to extreme changes in temperature, but there are also some that are better adapted than other tiles.
Talk to your tile professional about which tiles provide \"fit for purpose \".
Another factor that needs to be taken into account is how much direct sunlight the tile floor will receive in all seasons.
The amount of sunlight will not only affect whether the tiles will fade, but also affect the degree of hot and cold in the room at different times of the year.
Some stone bricks hold the heat well, while others reflect the sun.
Decoration factor think about the color you are going to use or have already used in the room where you are going to tile.
Consider the furniture, curtains, accessories, and even paintings in the room.
The most important consideration is to supplement the cold color with similar cold and warm colors with appropriate warm colors so that the floor tiles do not conflict with the decoration.
If you don\'t know anything about the color wheel at all, the internet is full of information about complementary shades and how to choose the right one for your decor.
Once you have considered all the necessary factors, the last one is the fatal one --the price.
Ultimately, your final decision will be determined by the area of the tiles you intend to use and the cost of the floor tiles you wish to use.
You may need to change your budget or the floor tiles you want.
While natural stone tiles are not the cheapest option, it is definitely the best value for money as your tiles will still be as beautiful as they are now in 20 years.