Author: Alex Alex

Wood-Flooring Vs. Wood-Like Tiles: Pros and Cons

There is nothing like the mood and aesthetic that wood flooring can evoke. 

While hardwood flooring may not be for everyone, there is another alternative which can also offer a similar aesthetic but with different properties. This is where wood-like tiles come into the picture. Wood-like tiles are tiles that look like wood from afar. Up close you can see that they are of a different material, whether it be ceramic or porcelain. 

While seemingly alike, these tiles are actually very different and we will break down the pros and cons of wood flooring and wood-like tiles to help determine what the right kind of flooring it is you need. 

Wood Flooring

One of the first pros that comes with wood flooring is its durability. If treated with proper care regularly, you can find that it can last for years in good condition. It needs the occasional sanding to refinish it every few years or so to maintain its appearance well. Just like most flooring, it needs to be protected from grit, moisture, and pet’s claws to keep the quality. 

Another pro is that it is slip resistant. These hardwood floorings can come with anti-slip ratings and are comparatively less prone to slips when wet compared to ceramic and porcelain. This makes it friendly for kids, elderly and even pets. 

However hardwood flooring comes with its share of cons. One of this is its tendency to expand or shrink depending on the weather, since water and humidity can negatively affect the wood. This makes it unideal for those who live near the coast or the tropics. In addition to that, since wood expands to heat via thermal expansion, the wood can either bend, swell, or shrink. Both humidity and heat can also lead to discoloration in the wood flooring. 

One of the prominent things about wood flooring is its cost. While the cost can vary with the wood type you intend to install, it is more difficult to install wood flooring and would need help from a professional in order to properly have it installed. 

Though wood flooring looks classic and great, there are limitations such as the color of the wood. They only come in shades of brown. There are more options for the texture should you like to have it matte, hand-scraped, pre-finished and the like. 

Wood-Like Flooring

Tile Express Molave Pardo

Whereas wood flooring is known for its heftier price, wood-like floorings which come in either ceramic or porcelain are known to be the cheaper option, if you are in a tighter budget. These are also easier to install and can even be installed by yourself should you decide to do it on your own. 

These tiles can also withstand even extreme weather conditions as long as there are expansion joints placed in the tile area to give them ample room. This means that this can be the perfect option for those opting for a wooden floor look even in hot or humid climates, without all the hassle that comes with maintaining and keeping hardwood flooring. These wood looking porcelain and ceramic tiles also can last a very long time due to its durability and good quality. 

This is also the better option for pet owners. Tile does not accumulate allergens in a way hardwood can and tiles can handle paw scratches from our animal companions better than wood can. While hardwood can also be considered an easy floor to clean due to the availability of special hardwood floor cleaners in stores, ceramic and porcelain tiles can be cleaned with the most standard cleaning solutions. Coming into contact with water often should not be a big problem as well. 

One of the advantages of tile is in the variety of options for both ceramic and porcelain. There is a range of options in size, shape, shade, and texture. This flexibility can mean a wider variety of designs and aesthetics can suit rooms with ‘wood-like’ flooring. 

With this laid out, hopefully you are one step closer to picking the right flooring for your home refurbishment. At Tile Express, you can design the home of your dreams with our range of wood-like tiles to choose from! Choose from our designs here at

Redesign Your Space: Things to Change When You Want to Redecorate

For most of us, decorating – and redecorating – your space is more like a chore than an opportunity. Moving into a new home means shopping for furniture in the nearby home décor store or an obligatory online trip to Lazada or Shopee. “Moving in” also means repainting the walls, swapping old sheets to modern ones, customizing bedroom floor to how we wanted our overall room design to look like. 

Redesigning a space is so much more than that, what we put in reflects to who we are. Remember walking into someone’s house for the first time, and what you seem to notice at first are the German-inspired Givenchy Royal Hanover chandeliers hanging on the roof, the exquisite diamond encrusted sofa and straight lay patterned tiles exuding nobility and untouchability of the household. A living space speaks a thousand words about the person living there. As Nate Berkus writes, “Your home should tell a story of who you are, and be a collection of what you love brought together in one roof.”

In this piece, we will share the things you need to do or change in your home décor set up and give you the options to explore other designs suitable for you and your home.


Neatness and orderliness in your home is an essential thing to remember. Aside from buying furniture and appliances, you also have to make sure that all stuff inside your home must be organized and well-placed. Keep your things tidy, clean and in order. This way, you will be able to think more clearly, be more productive and wake up to fresher mornings with your loved ones. 

Add Fresh Flowers, Plants and Water 

According to Feng shui experts, putting a mini fountain inside your home will bring you wealth and prosperity as it symbolizes money. Having fresh flowers and plants, on the other hand, will brighten up your mood and allow you to be more calm and composed when facing hard situations. 

You may also design your home using bamboo. This is said to be one of the most effective Feng shui good luck charms. Bamboo is not only an aesthetically pleasing piece of art but could also bring you peace and wealth. 

Use Lucky Colors for Walls and Other Interior Designs

Green and red colors are renowned to be two of the luckiest colors. According Feng shui, choosing the right colors will impact your mood. Paint your walls, doors and other surfaces with red or green or purchase any floor tile designs with the same colors. But if you want to retain your white walls, you may just buy furniture or home accessories around the color scheme. The only important thing is to make the said lucky colors the dominant hue in your home. 

Feature Decors with Positive Symbolism 

Featuring decorations and ornaments that are inspiring and uplifting will boost your mood. Putting guns, swords and other war weapons on your décor list, for instance, is not advisable as it provokes negative energies to settle in. You can hang pictures or paintings of your favorite singers, actors or photos of any religious relic and quotes you live by every day on your favorite wall corners. 

Choose Uplifting Floor Tile Colors 

Colored tiles is a fun and satisfying way to add brightness and personality to your home. If your area is not too big, avoid dark-colored tiles because your home will appear even smaller. On the other hand, using bright colored tiles such as cream or bright red will make your space larger. 

If you are planning to redesign your kitchen floors or entryways, consider tile colors such as terra cotta, brown, dark gray or navy blue tiles. It is a good choice if you want to entice people to come in, especially for businesses. The same is true with large bathrooms, using scalloped or subway tiles in bold colors like hunter green and navy blue will make your bathroom cozy and elegant. 

We have already pointed out the important things to consider in redesigning your space or choosing the right stuff to put inside your home. If you decide to re-do your flooring design, check our website to help you pick the most suitable floor tile designs and colors perfect for your home. 

Tile Express joins PHILCONSTRUCT 2019

Tile Express joined once again the annual PHILCONSTRUCT event last November 7-10, 2019. Held at the World Trade Center and SMX Mall of Asia, PhilConstruct is the country’s biggest gathering of who’s who in the building and construction industry. This year marks the 30th year of Philconstruct.


We featured some of our best-selling products such as the Pasadena, Architect, and Vienna tile series. As well as the Rustico, Mureto, and Creole mosaics, which are all perfect accents to these tiles. We also featured our new sanitary ware products from Vivari, where a live product demo was conducted for the Chase Gold Smart Toilet, our top of the line toilet that features a heated seat and wireless remote control . 

Professionals from the construction and design industry, as well as students came to visit our booth, and enjoyed some of the fun activities we’ve prepared for them. 

We would also like to thank our branch team from Ortigas, Megamall, Novaliches, San Fernando, Molino, Silang and Carmona for assisting during the event. 

For more information, you may also visit PhilConstruct’s official website at




Why the Vivari Sanitary Wares are the Perfect Bathroom Essentials for Minimalists

Ones bathroom is a space that most tend to overlook when it comes to designing your space. But your bathroom is just as important as any room in your home as this is a space that is intimate and personal. There are a lot of ways to design your bathroom but most homeowners tend to go for the minimalist feel. Most would prefer the clean and crisp look probably because it would be easier to maintain. And that is exactly what Vivari offers —  classic and elegant design pieces that are made of quality and innovative materials using state of the art italian technology.

If you’re looking for the perfect minimalist bathroom pieces for your bathroom, here are 4 reasons why you should choose Vivari.


  • Classic, Elegant, and Affordable

When will you ever see a product that has a classic design, of high quality, and is still very affordable? Well, that’s only one of the features of any Vivari product. Products like their faucets, toilets, and urinals are timeless so you will surely get the most use out of them. 

  • Mix and Match with any design

We’ve been saying that Vivari products are perfect for the minimalists but they can also adapt to any design. Each design has a distinct classic look that fits perfectly with plain and neutral, or bold and grand designs. 


  • Easy to Clean and Maintain

Some homeowners invest in high-priced home accessories made of high quality materials. Since you’ve invested already in such items, the last thing you’d want is for them to be difficult to clean with a high possibility to break easily. One pro of Vivari products is that it is Nano glazed. It’s stain resistant & doesn’t need much doing to clean it. All you need is water and a soft cloth. Clean these products regularly and they’re sure to last you a long time.

Make sure you invest in items that not only reflect your personality, but also in products that will last you a lifetime. Check out Vivari products at to learn more. 

Why the Opal Mosaic Tiles is the Perfect Trendy Tiles

Opal mosaics evoke a feeling of style and luxury that no other kind of mosaics can do. 

Often known for being the staple in pools, mosaics can be used in many other spaces and applications. Mosaics come in different materials.  The Opal series is made of glass, but not just any glass. We call it “green glass”, because it is made of recycled glass. Making it not only beautiful, but also keeping the environment and sustainability in mind. 

There are many good sides to picking opal mosaics for your home renovations and building. 

Here are some of the qualities of these mosaics, which makes them the perfect choice to spice up your home and give it an extra dose of style. 


One of the upsides of choosing mosaics is that they are extremely versatile. Long gone are the days that mosaics can only fit swimming pools or bathrooms. These can be suitable for the living room, bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, and even dining room. 

It is also versatile in its wide variety of styles and colors. You can choose between solid and multicolored mosaics which then can be arranged to form different kinds of patterns. 

Tile Express, Opal Cuadro Braun


Elegant and Luxurious Design

This is one of the biggest benefits of using glass mosaics. It can evoke a feeling of lavish luxury with just the proper installation and arrangement. With the nature of mosaics being made of glass, it can give off a luminous appearance as it is reflective. This way, it can give off a glow and radiance that is unique only to glass mosaics. This can be a surefire way to brighten up any room and complement lighting. 

Tile Express, Opal Hexa Blanco

Maintenance and Durability

Since they are made of glass, they are easy to maintain and keep clean. Glass tiles are resistant to stains and molds. It is also resistant to chemical damage as it isn’t a porous material. 

Cleaning glass mosaics is fairly easy. It can be done by just using a damp cloth or mopped with warm water, or with an added mild vinegar solution to get rid of soap-scum in bathrooms.  

Given its luxurious style, versatility, and durability, these mosaics prove to be a must-have tile for your home renovation needs. With these trendy mosaics, you don’t have to sacrifice style for quality anymore since you can get both! Browse through Tile Express’ Opal Mosaic Tiles to get the durable yet stylish tiles for your home at 

Tile Express Shop Opens its Megamall Branch

Tile Express Shop is happy to open its newest branch at SM Megamall, one of the biggest & busiest malls here in the country. It’s our first branch ever inside a shopping mall! We’re bringing our products closer and accessible to retail shoppers.

The Megamall branch officially opened last October 15, 2019. A 200 sqm showroom display of designer tiles, mosaics, pool mosaics, subway tiles, and the Vivari brand, the latest Italian technology and design for toilets, sinks, faucets, and bathroom accessories.


The store is strategically located at 4th level, Building A, wherein other home & office furnitures and finishing materials are also located. Mall hours is from 10am to 10pm.

For inquiries, you may contact the branch at 0917-1806432, (02) 8288-0228 or send an email at

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See you there!

Choosing the Right Pattern and Design for Your Bathroom Tiles

Choosing the tiles you’re going to use in your bathroom is probably the best but the hardest part of redecorating. It’s the most prominent feature of every bathroom, as it sets the overall tone and mood. That is why it is important to plan ahead of time which tiles you’re going to use.

We’ve listed a few things to help you choose the right pattern for your bathroom tiles:

Consider Your Accent Tiles

The very first thing to do when shopping for tiles is to choose the pattern you really love. The rest of your bathroom will then revolve around this tile. It could be a simple plain white tile for a minimalist and posh looking bathroom or quirky mosaic or geometric tiles for a more detail-oriented comfort room.

Three-Tile Rule

Try to not use more than three patterns or types of tile. Typically, you will use three different tiles: for your floor, for your walls, and for the accent tile. If your accent tile has a loud color or design, use more subtle looking tiles to support it. The same way if you’re using plain tiles, use a bit of color on your other tiles to complement it.

Consider Scale

If you have a small bathroom, then opt-out of small tiles, because those will make your bathroom look smaller and cramped. What you can do instead is use large bathroom tiles to create an illusion of space and add more depth.

Think of the Texture

Make sure that your floor tile is smooth and comfortable against your feet, and at the same time, it has enough grip to avoid slip accidents. You can use mosaic tiles or small tiles for your floor because it has additional grouts and are more slip resistance.


You can check out Tile Express for a wide range of designs to choose from. You can also drop by at any of our showrooms to scout for inspirations and pegs!

How to Properly Install Tiles

Excited to add a pop of color or pattern to your house but hate breaking the bank? A DIY solution may be what you need to cut some costs. Doing it yourself can not only teach you a new skill, but can also bring forth a sense of fulfillment in being able to renovate or touch up  your own home! 

We have rounded up how to install tiles on your own, in just four easy steps and the materials you will need. The bonus is you can find all your material needs in your local hardware store. 


Water-proof gloves, chalk, tiles, tile adhesive, grout, notch trowel, tile spacers, tile cutter (if needed), rubber grout float, sponge and grout sealer.


Find the center of the room first and mark it. Then layout the tiles starting from the center, keeping adequate spacing between the tiles, and adjusting them if necessary. Then outline the center tile with chalk. You may use tile spacers for this step. 


Starting with the center tile first, use a thin-set mortar as the adhesive. Use the flat side of the notch trowel to evenly spread the adhesive then comb it using the notched side to form even lines. Do not put too much adhesive as it might harden easily. 

Once the center tile is set, install the rest of the tiles while using it as a point of reference. Make sure to install a few tiles at a time. Make sure to mind the spaces allotted between each tile to make way for the grout lines to be placed later. Tiles may be cut using a tile cutter if needed to fit them at the ends of the room and walls. 

Let the adhesive cure overnight or according to what is stated by the adhesive packaging. 


Mix the grout until it achieves a consistency like peanut butter. Place some grout on the tiles and holding the rubber grout float at an angle in different directions, spread them in the spaces between the tiles. Make sure to work quickly as the grout sets faster than the mortar. 


Wipe off the excess residue using a damp sponge, making sure to avoid taking out the grout.  Rinse the sponge frequently and then polish the tiles with a damp cloth. Let the grout set for a few hours.  After several days, add grout sealer to the grout lines, avoiding to get any on the tile itself. 


5 Cleaning Tips for a Spotless Floor

We all know how annoying it is to see an untidy house, but what’s more annoying is wrapping your head around cleaning it, especially when it comes to stained and dirty floors. If you just don’t have all the time in the world to clean, then you better choose smart. 

Here are a few tricks to help you clean minus the stress. 

Vacuum your floor at least once a week

When it comes to tidying your floor, your vacuum is your best friend. It’s a no hassle way of cleaning especially if you’ve had a long day at work. Just plug it in and you’re good to go. 

Have doormats and house slippers available

There’s a reason why some households have a “no shoes inside the house” rule. Obviously this is because outside shoes are dirty and you don’t want to bring in the dirt in your home. Make sure that you have door mats and house slippers available so you have a place to wipe your feet, and keep your feet clean while inside the house. 

Kitchen and dining room habits

The kitchen and dining room floors tend to be an area where it is the dirtiest (at least inside the house). This is because food crumbs, oil, and grease can accumulate in the floor area when you cook or eat. Don’t ignore dirt that falls on the floor when you eat; if you’ve made a mess,  try your best to clean it up immediately so it doesn’t become a headache for you later on. 

Cleaning your tiles 

If the dirt on your tiles cannot be cleaned by a simple mop or vacuum, then it’s time to bust out the magic concoction. Prepare ¼ vinegar with 1 drop of dish soap and warm water in a spray bottle. Use this to get rid of hard-to-remove stains on your floor. This also functions as an anti-bacterial spray so you’re hitting 2 birds with one stone. But take note that this only applies to porcelain floors. For natural stone floors, it’s a different discussion as these types of tiles are more sensitive. Make sure you use low-pH and non-chelating cleaning tools to avoid damaging your floors. 

No need to break your back when it comes to cleaning. You just have to follow these basic tips and tricks and you’ll have a cleaner house in no time. 

All You Need To Know About Outdoor Tiles

Choosing an outdoor tile isn’t as easy as choosing floor or wall tiles as there are a lot of things to consider. Outdoor tiles are important as it ties up the whole look of your outdoor space. Whether it’s for pool or patio use, there are a few things you need to keep in mind in order to get the best kind and type of tiles for your outdoor space. Here are some tips on choosing the perfect outdoor tiles:


Compared to indoor tiles, your outdoor tiles generally need to be stronger as outdoor tiles take a lot more pressure and pounding. The strength of your tiles would also depend on the use. For example, if you’re using your space as a parking space, do not use ceramic tiles as they are more suited for light usage. You may opt for a porcelain outdoor tiles. Porcelain tiles are formed under extreme heat and pressure therefore it is very hard, durable, and water resistant. 

Weather Condition

What’s the weather like in your area? Here in the Philippines, it can go from extremely sunny to extremely rainy depending on the season. You want an outdoor tile that can last no matter what the weather is. 

Texture and Slip Resistance

Texture and Slip Resistance is one of the most important factors when it comes to choosing outdoor tiles. Non-slip tiles can be critical for outdoor use, especially if you will be using it near the pool area. You want your tiles to have grip and texture that is safe enough to walk. The Architect Series rough tiles is a perfect choice because of their rough texture. You won’t have any fear of slipping or the tiles getting too hot with this type of tiles. 

Style of the Space

You want to be practical with your choice of tiles but you also want to maintain the design aesthetics of your space. Consider the overall design of your space; your furniture, garden, pool area, etc, and choose a tile that will tie up all of these designs together. 

Take your time in choosing the right tiles for your outdoor space. Outdoor tiles tend to be costly so you want to choose a tile that is worth the investment and will last you a long time. There’s also no need to sacrifice design over practicality when you can choose a tile that thrives in both. Browse through Tile Express’ wide range of tiles at 

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