The types of tiles are very broad and they are versatile as well. You can use them just about anywhere, indoors or outdoors, wet or dry. Some are plain colours, some have patterns glazed on, and some are textured. The shapes are diverse, from classic squares and rectangles to many types for making patterns and mosaics. Patterns can come in sheets to save you having to install every tile individually. In addition tiles come in a wide range of materials. Some of them are described below. Perhaps your imagination will be fired up! It will also help you to decide what you want. You can click over to Indoor Tiles and Outdoor Tiles for ideas on uses.
<h3>Types of tiles</h3>
Here are just some types of tiles that are available for us to install for you:
The natural stone types of tiles are all hard and durable. They come in a great variety of natural colours and textures.
Bluestone comes from volcanic rock. It is dense, hard and wears very well therefore it is great for high stress locations. Despite its name, not all bluestone is smoky blue-grey but can be black, fawn and darker browns.
Granite is a beautiful strong and lustrous material great as tiles. Not only is it stain resistant. It also shows natural patterns of sparkles and streaks. Its durability suits it for driveways, paths, floors and walls.
<b>Limestone and Travertine</b>
Limestone including travertine tiles can be used in heavy traffic areas, cladding, retaining walls and swimming pool coping. It can be custom cut. However it does absorb water so it needs to be sealed.
With its striking patterns, marble is a very popular glossy material for tiles. It shows streaks and patterns of contrasting colour. Marble also feels silky.
Quartzite absorbs very little water and therefore is resistant to staining when used outdoors. Another benefit is the slip-resistant surface. This makes it good for driveways, decks, pools, even salt water pools. It’s also a safe walkway for children, elderly or disabled people. Because of its sparkle and reflectiveness, it can lighten up any room.
Sandstone comes in a variety of banded patterns and textures. Thus it creates a warm, natural feel. Suitable for indoors or outdoors.
Slate tiles can be left in the natural shapes and colours for crazystone effects, or cut into classic tile shapes. Great for indoors or outdoors.
<h4>Baked and glazed tiles</h4>
Ceramic tiles are made from clay or sand that has been fired to make it very hard. They are either unglazed or glazed with a wide variety of colours and patterns. Like the denser, harder porcelain types of tiles, they are not so good outside. Ceramic tiles absorb water and that can create damage. Also if your ground freezes, the tiles can crack. It’s easier to cut than porcelain and therefore less expensive.
Glass tiles can be clear or opaque. The range of colours is practically infinite. Moreover the reflective surfaces brighten up a room and make it seem larger. Texture can be rough or smooth, plain or patterned. Small glass types of tiles for kitchen backsplashes come on a mesh backing to keep them neat and tidy. An additional advantage is that you can have glass custom shaped into anything you want.
Porcelain tiles can be very similar to ceramic. Certainly they come in the same huge variety of colours, styles, shapes and patterns. Porcelain can even be manufactured to look just like wood! Porcelain absorbs less water than ceramic, and is also harder and denser. This makes them better than ceramics in wet or heavy traffic areas. However it is more brittle and requires a professional to cut and install them properly.
Terra cotta is clay that is fired to produce a very hard product. It usually has a matt finish but can be glazed to a high shine. It’s the colour of the original clay. This is usually red-brown, from pale to dark. It resists mould and bacteria and is quite durable. However it absorbs moisture easily. Thus it’s best to seal it. It is also best to get a professional to install terra cotta tiles.
Concrete floor tiling is far from boring! Compared with other types of tiles, it has just as many or more colours. This is because tints can be added to the concrete. Furthermore it is superior in durability and seldom needs replacement. It resists wear, exposure to water, heavy traffic and can be used anywhere. Additionally it can be made to fit your budget. Finally, it is eco friendly, as it can be recycled and made from recycled materials.
Mirror tiles can be used to increase the sense of light and space in small rooms, hallways and dark areas. They are also effective on sliding doors. Therefore this is a good use of vertical space. In addition, mirror tiles look great behind statuary and plants, giving a sense of depth and enhancing beauty.
Natural or synthetic rubber tiles are used for making soft, sound-insulating surfaces. They can be installed over wooden or concrete floors. Often being made from recycled tyres, rubber tiles are hardwearing, long lasting and low-maintenance. They can withstand outdoor environments without cracking or shifting. Because of this they are great for slip resistant walkways, playgrounds, pool surrounds, gymnasiums, etc. When all other types of tiles are unsuitable, rubber might suit.
Vinyl tiles can work if you have a very small budget. They can come in any colour or style. Compared to other types of tiles, vinyl is flexible. As a result, vinyl flooring is softer to walk on and can reduce breakages. Other advantages are easy replacement of damaged tiles, and flexibility in areas where stone or ceramic will crack. Examples are houses that move a lot. Vinyl is not suitable in wet areas, as people can slip easily on it.
<h4>Other natural materials</h4>
Metal tiles are absolutely amazing. The metals can be stainless steel, copper, brass, titanium or alloys. You can find in metal tiles any pattern or shape you’d find in other types. However, they have the additional quality of the metallic shine. They colours can silver, golden, bronze, platinum, or colour tinted. Furthermore they come in a vast choice of textures and geometrical shapes. You can even get them in ‘cobblestone’ or crazystone! Metal tiles are long lasting, hard wearing, and you can use them indoors or outdoors.
<b>Timber parquetry </b>
Timber parquetry is an old favourite because of its many advantages and its beauty. It is very durable in heavy traffic rooms such as decks, entrances, halls and steps. Also if you have a commercial premises, it will handle the intense traffic of your business activities. The range of patterns in parquetry is whatever you can imagine. Additional benefit is that sections can be easily replaced if they get damaged. Furthermore once the floor shows signs of wear, you can simply have it sanded and refinished to look like new again. Parquetry has even more benefits: good for allergy sufferers, fire retardant, renewable, and a good insulator.
If you know of any other types of tiles that you want, please ask us and we’ll do our best to get them for you.