Choosing tiles - Tile Types & Finishes
There is a huge selection of tiles in every colour of the rainbow and every shape you could imagine available on the market today. Choosing the perfect tile for your bathroom renovation can often involve many hours of intense research. We’ve found that having a bit of general knowledge around the tile basics helps customers narrow down and select their bathroom tiles, which is why we’ve put together this handy Tile Selection Guide.
In this section we cover the range of tile types as well as the different tile finishes available.
If you’d like some professional guidance when you’re choosing tiles for your bathroom renovation, contact our Brisbane tiling team today.
There are a range of different tile types available, including:
Rectified tiles are cut to size accurately from large tile slabs, with a very slight bevel on the edge. This allows a tighter 1.5mm joint as the edge is square and straight.
Non-rectified tiles are made in a press to the size and shape needed. This style has the appearance of a larger joint when laid, due to the rounded edge.
Timber-look tiles are made from porcelain and are most commonly a rectified tile. A great alternative to real timber, timber-look tiles are easy to maintain, removing the risk of scratching or the need to periodically re-sand and finish. Your tiler would lay these tiles in a staggered pattern with a 1.5mm joint to imitate real timber flooring.
Timber-look tile sizes - usually 150x600mm – 200x1200mm or larger in size.
Ceramic tiles are a glazed tile available in a gloss or matt finish. These are most commonly pressed edge tiles. Ceramic tiles are glazed in a huge variety of colours, including concrete, marble, and natural stone look prints. If you’re looking for a cost-effective option, ceramic tiles are a great choice.
Ceramic tile sizes include - 300x300mm, 400x400mm.
Porcelain tiles are a rectified edge tile available in polished, Lappato (semi-polished), and matt finish. Porcelain is a much harder tile than ceramic, are low maintenance, moisture-repellent, and resistant to wear making them a great choice for high traffic areas.
Porcelain tiles come in many different appearances such as concrete, marble, and natural stone, and can be laid in various patterns to give a more natural look.
Porcelain tile sizes include - 300x600mm, 600x600mm, 450x900mm, 600x1200mm.
Natural stone tiles are available in honed or polished finishes in a range of stone options including marble, granite, and travertine. Your tiler can lay the stone tiles in various patterns to give a more natural look to your floor or walls.
Stone tile sizes include - many sizes and thicknesses; from 300x300mm, 300x600mm, 600x600mm, 450x900mm, 600x1200mm.
Tile finishes explained:
- Gloss glazed finish: Ceramic or porcelain tile option. Features - easy to clean, reflect light.
- Polished finish: Porcelain or natural stone tile option. Features - smooth and polished, unglazed, easy to clean, highly reflective surface.
- Lappato finish: Porcelain tile option. Features - a semi-polished tile (honed), it is designed to give the tile a realistic, natural stone look.
- Matt finish: Ceramic or porcelain tile option. Features - no reflection and a smooth, flat finish.
- Textured finish: Features - designed for a non-slip surface, a textured tile finish is rough on top or has a stone-like feel.
More MasterCraft Tile Guide tips:
- Choosing tiles - Different applications
- Choosing tiles - Special Features & Considerations
- Choosing tiles - Tile Patterns
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