Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I choose tile?
Tiles are the ideal choice for floor and wall covering due to their cost effectiveness, durability and low maintenance requirements. Unlike other materials, properly installed tiles can last a lifetime. Nowadays, tiles are available in various designs and colours to suit one's preferred option and creativity. It is very easy to clean, does not collect dirt and does not emit odour contributing to the overall positive and healthy ambiance of any space.
What are the different types of tiles?
Tiles come in various types and categories but can be mainly divided into ceramic or porcelain tiles. Porcelain tiles are often the preferred choice of discriminating design professionals due to their superior make and quality as well as their low water absorption properties. This means that porcelain tiles are more durable, provide greater design options, and are easier to maintain.
How can I choose the right tile?
The right tile must satisfy two parameters: aesthetics and technical considerations. Consulting a design professional is best when choosing the right tile for your project. As tiles can become rather technical, a proficient and trusted tile retailer may also offer indispensable help in providing technical support to ensure that the right tile goes to the right area to optimize its usefulness and cost effectiveness.
What are the proper ways for installing tile?
A properly installed tile will last a lifetime. Given this, one must be able to employ the services of a certified or experienced installer to ensure that the project is completed successfully and economically. Pre-installation requirements include the checking of supplied tiles as ordered, ensuring that the area to be tiled is perfectly flat and doing a mock-up to achieve the optimum design and tile alignment. These steps are crucial prior to actual installation to avoid costly mistakes. The choice of the right tile adhesive, use of notched trowel and proper “troweling” techniques are indispensable during installation. A 2mm joint between tiles is the minimum requirement to provide expansion for expected earth movement and prevent tile damage. Tiles must also be cleaned after installation and before grouting and immediately after grouting to avoid surface contamination that will lead to cleaning and maintenance difficulties overtime when not done properly.
What are the proper ways for cleaning tile?
Tile is low maintenance as what it needs for everyday cleaning is just the use of clean water and clean mop or cloth. Sweeping the floor beforehand with a soft broom to loosen or clear surface dirt and dust is a must. A detergent may be employed but one must avoid using strong and aggressive detergents such as bleach, laundry soap and powder, muriatic acids and the like.