Shopping for tiles is not generally something people do every day. Having tiling work done is quite a major step, especially for businesses. It is often one of the finishing stages of a project, signalling that work is nearly coming to an end. As tiles are permanent, nobody envisages having to get them ripped up again once they are laid. Getting the details right is therefore vital. There is an awful lot of choice available for tiling supplies and all the tiling equipment which come with them. What you need is a tile shop which has years of experience in the industry.
Floor tiles themselves come in a variety of materials. Obviously, they have to be hard wearing, but there are other considerations which come into play. Non slip tiles might be vital to your project, for example. These may be needed to comply with health and safety regulations. Laundry rooms, on the other hand, may require porcelain floor tiles to live up to their requirements.
Travertine is also a popular floor tile material. This is limestone which is produced near natural springs, so is widely available. It is also hard wearing and has been in use since Roman times. Travertine naturally occurs in cream, rust, tan or white, and has lines or circles within its natural structure. This gives tilers and designers a wide range of choice, all from the same relatively cheap material.
Other popular floor tile materials are granite, marble, onyx, slate and vinyl. While larger tiles are often chosen for large areas, detailing can be done with much smaller sizes. Some businesses still prefer mosaic tiling for particular parts of their flooring.
A good tile shop will have a choice of much more than tiles. Flooring requires leveling equipment and materials which wall tiling doesn’t. Spacing and leveling supplies are essentials which must be chosen and used carefully. Lasting tiling work could require glues, grout, trims and drains, sealers, waterproofing or even soundproofing. Then there are the additives, cleaning agents and primers which go into floor tiling work.
Finally, you may well need a range of equipment necessary to make your tiling safe, great looking and long lasting. These include tile cutters, mortar mixers and sponge holders, to name a few. As floor tiling can be an extensive piece of work, safety equipment may also be essential. Dust extractor shrouds and protective gloves are just two examples of this.
A professional trade supplier will help you out with advice as well as the best tiling supplies for your needs. They want your tiling project to succeed as much as you do, as it’s in everyone’s interests.
For more about what’s available at a good professionals’ tile shop, get in touch with us at Tilers Trade Centre. Maroochydore it’s 07 5443 9191.