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How To Choose Your Tile Material

If you’re considering updating your kitchen or bathroom, or any other room in your house, have you put any thought into which tile material you’re going to use? If you haven’t we’re here to give you some advice about the different types of tile. We know that the choice can be a little overwhelming when it comes to deciding, so why not narrow it down by knowing which material you want for your tiles. There are 3 materials that you’ll find everyone talking about, ceramic, porcelain and natural stone.

Ceramic

This is the most common tile material in the domestic market. At London Tile, we have an extensive range of Ceramic Tiles available to order online. Ceramic is a combination of clay, sand and water, moulded into shape and then baked in a kiln.

Benefits of Ceramic Tiles

  • Ceramic is the cheapest tile material
  • Great for everyday use
  • Durable – historic tiles from Egypt and China have shown us that ceramic is long lasting
  • Comes in many colours and designs
  • Available in a gloss or matt glaze
  • Easy to clean, sweep or use a damp cloth or mop
  • Easy to cut, making installing these tiles quick and simple (even for DIYers)

It is important when choosing a ceramic tile that it is fit for purpose, for example some ceramic tiles are not suitable for use on floors.

Porcelain

Available as glazed, unglazed and polished, Porcelain Tiles are a popular choice in kitchens and bathrooms. Also made using clay, Porcelain is fired at a much higher temperature, this improves many of the qualities Ceramic tiles already have.

Benefits of Porcelain Tiles

  • Extremely hardwearing – perfect for use on high traffic floors
  • Bacteria do not adhere well to porcelain, making it a hygienic surface for your kitchen and bathroom
  • Easy cleaning, simply mop up any spillages and sweep away dirt
  • Tiles made from porcelain will often have rectified edges, allowing for thinner grout joints
  • Almost no maintenance required
  • Won’t fade
  • Negligible water absorption (low porosity), making porcelain ideal for use in bathrooms, showers and wetrooms
  • Some porcelain tiles are suitable for use outside, such as our Valverdi range
  • Great for applications using underfloor heating
  • Unglazed and polished porcelain are through-bodied – meaning the colour is the same all the way through, so they are less likely to show any scratches or dents
  • Porcelain tiles now offer the option of wood effect, which helps you maintain the character that wood brings to your home, while allowing you to have all the benefits of tiles.

Natural Stone

Whether you love clean, cool marble, dark and dramatic Slate, or soft, light Travertine, our selection of Natural Stone Tiles will have something for you.

Benefits of Natural Stone Tiles

  • One of the most obvious benefits of natural stone tiles is their natural beauty
  • Natural stone is a fantastic investment as it adds value to a property
  • It almost goes without saying that natural stone is durable, making the tiles suitable for high traffic applications
  • These are suitable for use with underfloor heating
  • Perfect for a range of interior styles, as they work well from traditional to contemporary
  • Great for use externally as well as internally
  • Each tile is unique
  • They are easy to care for once sealed
  • As with Porcelain, Natural Stone tiles have through body colour, and small damages will add to the character of these tiles

Mosaics

Mosaic Tiles are made in many materials, including those listed above, as well as Glass Mosaic Tiles.

Benefits of Glass Mosaic Tiles

  • Wide selection of colours to choose from
  • Perfect to use to add some colour, or interest to a bathroom
  • Glass is naturally reflective, which helps give the room a brighter look
  • Stain resistant
  • Quick and simple to clean, just wipe with a damp cloth

We hope this has helped you to make a decision about which tile material you’ll be using in your project! Do contact us in the comments or through social media if you have any further questions.

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