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Choosing tiles for a bathroom

Remember Ask Jeeves back in the day? Google search engines were not yet advanced enough to handle direct queries, so Jeeves arrived promising to provide a solution to any conundrum. Now, those days are long gone. People now know how to use Siri to ask questions, holler at Alexa to search Google, and call Google. We have compiled five of the most requested queries about tiles and provided some advice from the Ca’Pietra tiles design team. So that you can go ahead and decorate with confidence.

This is an area where opinions differ. Some recommend that you use small mosaic tiles in a tiny bathroom. Others suggest larger tiles to open it up.

Before you begin looking at the tile’s appearance, you need to make sure that the tile suits your needs. Consider the following when looking at bathroom tiles: Are the tiles suitable for floors or walls? Are they compatible for underfloor heating What is the tile’s slip rate? If the room is going to be wet, then you will need underfloor heating. You might love a tile but not recommend that you use it on the ground.

It comes down to how you feel about the cosiness and the small spaces in your space. If you’re looking for tiny tiles, such as Brasserie Mosaic and Yoga Penny, or even tiles with a print like Brick Lane, Spitalfields, these will work just fine.

For a smaller bathroom, you can use 30-60cm tiles on the floors and walls. This will make it appear bigger and blurred the lines of your floor space. Brompton Feld or Chemistry Porcelain might be a better option for something a little smaller.
What Tiles are Suitable for A Fireplace?

A great way to make a fireplace stand out is to tile it, whether the fireplace surround is a Victorian cast-iron Victorian or the inglenook alcove where you will place your new log burner stove.

The good news? There are tons of tiles that can be used here. All materials are available, including porcelain, ceramic, stone, glass, and natural stone like marble and slate. Porcelain is an excellent choice as it naturally absorbs heat due to its density. However you must ensure there is at least 20cm buffer between your tiles and the flame.

Consider whether the surfaces can hold the weight of your tiles.
What tiles are suitable for use outdoors?

Let’s not forget porcelain. Porcelain tiles can also be used outside, which is something that many people don’t know. They are frostproof, meaning they don’t absorb water and won’t crack. Also, they require very little care so that they look as good as new. Also, you can have patterned porcelain tile to add style and color to your garden. To ensure that your porcelain tile is suitable to exterior use, we also offer an external option for many of our interior porcelain tiles.

Natural stone tiles make a great choice for patios and terraces. Natural stone tiles can be purchased from us in a variety of colors that are great for outside use. You should make sure the stone you select is frost-resistant, slip-resistant and similar to porcelain. Natural stone is a great way to add personality to a space. You will need to seal it regularly to keep it from absorbing too many water.

If you don’t feel like you can handle the upkeep required for natural stones, you might consider a porcelain model. Blenheim, as well as the Isle outdoor tile, is an excellent example of a porcelain-tile masquerading to be a natural rock. Denham is a dappled limestone that has been etched to perfection.
Which tiles are best for heating underfloor?

Nothing beats the feeling of waking up in winter and being able to walk barefoot into your bathroom to find warm tiles. Underfloor heating can really bring out the best in you. Choose tiles that conduct heat well, and aren’t too dense so that heat doesn’t pass through.

Porcelain ceramic tiles are great for underfloor heating. These tiles are cheaper than natural stone and also offer a better value. You can still have the marble or limestone floors you always wanted. Subfloor heating is also ideal for Terracotta.

Cracks are often a sign of a poor floor rather than an issue in the tiles.
What tiles require sealing?

Sealant is used to protect tiles so they can live long and healthy lives. Sealant is necessary for all natural stones. Our Stone Essentials Eco Sealant can be used to seal all types stone such as limestone, marble, terracotta tiles and terrazzo.

It is possible to leave porcelain tiles in their natural state, with no sealant. Crackle glaze tiles need to be sealed with Crackle Glass Sealant.

Keep in mind that not only are you sealing the tiles, but also the grout which is naturally porous. The tiles will be much easier to clean with a layer of sealant.