Looking for the perfect bathroom tiles? It won’t take you long to realise there’s more to choosing tiles than meets the eye. The world of tiles can appear complex, confusing and expensive.
The style, functionality and cost of your tiles need to be mapped to your renovation objectives in order to achieve a great result, and since tiles are so popular in kitchen and bathroom renovations, a little research and know-how goes a long way.
We’re here to help. When it’s time to renovate, we can guide you through the options and help you locate the right tiles for your project, working with reputable local suppliers to achieve great results.
To help you get started, here’s a list of 6 Things to Know Before Choosing Tiles For Your Renovation.
1. Tile Delivery Cost
When purchasing tiles, you need a plan to get them from the supplier to the renovation. Tiles are heavy and if you’re ordering in large quantities, may be impractical to handle yourself.
If you’re planning to have your tiles delivered, enquire about delivery costs and factor these into your budget. Depending on the supplier, this may incur an additional expense.
2. Tiles Come in Boxes
Tiles generally come in boxes. While there are exceptions to this rule, it means you need to be aware of how many boxes to order. This is how your figure it out:
- First, calculate how many square metres of tiles you need.
- Increase this by 10% (for cutting & breakage)
- Order the smallest number of boxes of tiles to achieve this amount
In other words:
Tiles come in boxes, and you need to order enough boxes of tiles to cover the area to be tiled, plus 10% extra.
3. Tiling Extent Possibilities
Tiling is a practical way to finish bathrooms, but can be done to different extents. This is a way to balance the style of your bathroom with the cost of tiling.
Examples of popular options include:
- Floor Only
- Floor and Half-wall
- Feature Wall
4. Quality Considerations
Just like anything, tiles come in different grades of quality. Just because two brands of tiles look the same doesn’t mean they perform equally well. Our team is here to help – just ask and we can point you in the direction of reputable, local tile suppliers.
5. Tile Availability
Need tiles tomorrow? You could be out of luck. Depending on the type and quantity of tiles, sometimes the supplier may need to order them in.
Tiles need to be organised well in advance of the renovation to make sure they’re ready to go when the time comes.
6. Tile Styles are Faddish
Tile styles change from year to year. Like fashion, some styles never age, whereas others rapidly tire and vanish. Choosing tiles should be a long-term decision – ask yourself, “will I still like these tiles in 5 years?”
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