What size of tiles do I need?

The size of tiles you need will depend on the size of the room, the size of the area being tiled and your personal preferences. Large tiles in small rooms can make the space look bigger. With a larger tile, grout lines are less frequent, while using small tiles on large areas can be impractical from a fitting point of view. Rectangular, sheet and mosaic tiles are all available in a range of different sizes.

How many tiles do I need?

When calculating how many tiles you need, measure the area and add an extra 10% (or a little more if you’re doing a patterned border). This way, you’re allowing for breakages, cutting, waste and pattern matching.

Do tiles need to be sealed?

Ceramics, glass and metal don’t need to be sealed after fixing, but some natural stone products do. Natural stone sealer seals the tiles’ natural porous surface to stop it staining and prevent water damage, making it especially important in areas like the kitchen and bathroom.

How to maintain tiles in good condition?

Even after the project is completed, it is important to maintain your tiles so that they remain in excellent condition. Always check the packaging for specific maintenance advice, as not all maintenance methods are suitable for every tile type, and some can even damage certain tiles. Be sure to clean all spillages on floor tiles to reduce the risk of injury, and use absorbent mats in areas around baths and showers where possible. Mats should also be used at any external doorways to protect the tiles from damage caused by debris transfer from outside.


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