Choosing tiles - Different applications
Choosing the perfect tile which will not only suit the style of your home decor but also provide a safe and functional space involves considering the colour and shape of the tile but also its practical requirements.
Each floor or wall tile application has unique requirements whether they be for safety or style. To cater to this, tile manufacturers have designed tiles to be used in specific applications. Carefully considering how the area will be used will help ensure you select a tile which is safe and long-lasting, as well as stylish.
Choosing bathroom tiles
- Consider the style and bathroom design you’re going for.
- Think ceramic, porcelain, or stone for your bathroom tiles.
- Choose contrasting colours that will go well with your vanity and benchtop.
- Large format rectified tiles create a seamless look with minimal grout.
- Non-rectified tiles have a wider joint width which you see more of the grout.
- Consider a feature wall or floor tile that runs up the wall as a feature.
- Think of a tile pattern as an added feature.
Choosing main floor tiles
- Consider the style and design of your home.
- Use a durable tile like porcelain that will last and is hard-wearing.
- Large-format tiles work well for large areas and create a seamless finish.
- Levelling clips are used by your tiler to ensure the tiles are flush creating a flat, even surface.
- When choosing a tile larger than 300x300mm, levelling the area may be required. This needs to be factored into the tiling time and budget considerations.
- As main floors often get dirty, consider using darker tiles which don’t show the day-to-day dirt as much.
- Epoxy grout can be used to prevent staining of the grout.
- When using stone tiles on the main floor, ensure they are sealed before and after grouting to help avoid stains.
Slip rated tiles
Used in high traffic or wet areas, slip rated tiles ensure safety and help prevent fall related accidents. We recommend getting specific advice from your tiler as to the particular slip resistance required for your project.
- R9 slip rated floor tiles are generally used internally in residential homes in areas such as bathrooms, laundries, toilets, powder rooms, and main floors.
- R10 slip rated tiles are often used in wet rooms, aged care facilities, and on balconies.
- R11 slip rated tiles are used in swimming pool complexes, as well as on commercial walkways and stairs.
- R12 slip rated tiles are commonly used on gradient walkways, stairs, and in some swimming pool complexes.
Choosing tiles for wheelchair accessible bathrooms
- Slip rated tiles are essential for accessible bathrooms.
- R11 slip rated tiles are required for an accessible bathroom without a shower screen.
- The entrance of the bathroom must have a ramp that has a gradient of no more than 10mm over 100mm.
Choosing outdoor tiles
- External tiles are required to be non-slip tiles (slip rated).
- When choosing outdoor tiles, consider a low maintenance style and finish.
- As external tiles are exposed to dust and dirt even in sheltered or above ground applications, consider a darker tile shade to hide dirt and weathering.
Choosing pool surround tiles
- Choose tiles that are non-slip and designed for outdoor use.
- Lighter tile colours will be much cooler underfoot on sunny days.
- Stone tiles are a much more durable option for pool surrounds than ceramic or porcelain tiles.
- We recommend that stone tiles are sealed before and after grouting to prevent staining.
- Good drainage and falls are essential to ensure water runs off efficiently rather than pooling.
Choosing tiles for commercial stairs
- Commercial stairs require step tread nosing tiles to be installed for extra slip resistance.
- A step tread angle can also be installed.
- Highlighter tiles can be installed to the edge of the step to make the step more visible.
More MasterCraft Tile Guide tips:
- Choosing tiles - Special Features & Considerations
- Choosing tiles - Tile Patterns
- Choosing tiles - Tile Types & Finishes
- Contemporary Colours
- Herringbone Tiling
- How tiles are made?
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