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Tile Ideas is the ideal place to find your floor tiles. We stock a wide range of floor tiling options in different colours, shapes, sizes and surfaces so you will definitely find the ideal floor tiles for your home.
From Polished porcelain to vintage patterned tiles you will find all the tiles to fit your taste here at Tile Ideas.
Why buy floor tiles?
If you're in the process of buying flooring for your home and you're not sure about what product to go for think no more. Floor tiles are durable, strong, easy to clean and last longer than other materials. When compared with lino or carpet floor tiles are a much better choice and they're cleaner and don't need to be replaced every few years due to ware and tear.
Whether you need flooring for your bathroom or floor tiles for your kitchen floor tiles are definitely the ideal choice as they are durable and versatile.
How much does it cost to tile a floor?
This can depend on various factors; such as the size of your room, the type of tile you choose and how much time it will take the tilers to fix the flooring. Material wise ceramic floor tiles are the cheapest whether they are colourful, wood effect, marble effect or another style. The prices go up as you go in to porcelain tiles as these are stronger and more durable. The most expensive is usually natural stone, the most famous being marble. Prices can vary a lot depending on the stone, Carrara marble for example is an expensive product whereas travertine or sandstone not as much.
The main thing to consider is the long term benefits of tiling because this will always be higher than carpet or wood flooring as tiles are stronger and last longer. So although the initial cost may be high, in the long term you will always be winning.
Floor Tile Ideas
Here are some floor tiling ideas in case you are stuck for inspiration:
Large format porcelain tiles: If you are looking to give your kitchen, bathroom or even your living room that grand spacious look large porcelain floor tiles are the ideal choice. We stock a great range of these in polished and matt finishes.
Anti-slip tiles: One must be practical as well as fashionable when shopping for tiles. If you have children or elderly people living with you and are worried about the slipperiness of the floor in wet areas such as kitchens and bathroom then anti-slip tiles are definitely the way forward for you. They are also ideal to put in patios and gardens.
Marble effect tiles: Lately marble effect tiles have gotten very popular. This is because people have come to realise that although real marble tiles look great the price and the maintenance of them are just too costly to invest in. So marble effect tiles are really the obvious solution here. Ceramic or porcelain marble effect tiles will always be cheaper than real marble and strength wise if you opt for porcelain they will be stronger as natural stone can have cracks and weaknesses throughout it. Any pressure on those cracks could result in breakages, whereas porcelain is a strong man made material so it totally avoids this problem.
Patterned and vintage tiles: These are great for bringing an extra bit of energy and vibrancy into your home. Patterned and patchwork tiles are usually known for their detailed multi-coloured designs inspired by traditional Mediterranean and Mourish styles. We stock a great range of these floor tiles in unique shapes such as hexagon.
Wood effect tiles: the wood look has been, still is and will always be a popular look for a bathroom, kitchen, hallway or living room floor. The natural warming look of wood makes us feel like we're in the nature again. The only problem with wood or laminate is that, they don't last very long so the tiling industry came up with the perfect solution - wood effect tiles!
Floor tiles for any room
Bathrooms: It is hugely important we consider the circumstances we live in while looking to buy floor tiles for our bathroom. If we have small children in the house it is advisable to use a matt finish tile or a non-slip floor tile. If there aren't small children polished floor tiles are an option, with a small rug being advisable. The benefit of polished tiles is that the are quicker and easier to clean.
Kitchens: This is where most accidents and spillages happen in the house. Due to its strength porcelain floor tiles are advisable here as if a mug or saucepan is dropped a ceramic tile is likely to crack but a porcelain one isn't. Surface wise matt, anti-slip or even polished is probably fine as kitchens don't tend to be as wet as bathrooms.
Living rooms and bedrooms: Although less common than tiling kitchen or bathroom floors tiling living rooms and bedrooms has gotten quite popular in the last ten years. People appreciate the cleanliness and ease of a tiled surface. There is also a wider choice in tiles compared to carpet or wood flooring. Large porcelain tiles in sizes 60x60cm and up have really taken off when it comes to tiling large living room floors as large tiles give an airy and spacious look to already big areas.
Outdoor areas: In the past most customers used to use slabs of concrete for outdoor flooring areas. Nowadays frost-proof anti-slip porcelain tiles are more in demand. This is because they're easier to work with and just as strong as concrete. Floor tiles are also usually much more attractive than concrete slabs.
Can you use floor tiles on the wall or the shower?
Any floor tile can be used on walls. The material they're made of whether ceramic or porcelain or their finish matt or glossy doesn't affect it. Floor tiles are perfectly fine for walls. The problem is when trying to use wall tiles on floors, this is a tricky area and one must be very careful.
How do you clean tile grout?
You should try to seal the grouting after it has been done and drie. This way it is less likely to stain and get dirty.
Would you recommend floor tiling without a grout joint (butted-up)?
We wouldn't recommend tiling floor without grouting as over time water can leak and get though the gaps and get under the tiles and eventually they could come loose. So although you may like the look of tiles when butted up next to each other without a grout joint, it is better to be safe and do a secure job using a small grout joint and fully grout it.