Tiles Remain the Ideal Flooring in the Home

With a wide choice of flooring options available, it can be difficult to decide which option will suit your home and lifestyle.

Tiles are still considered to be one of the most versatile, economical and durable floor coverings for the home. The sheer number of options available make tiles a good choice for any space, from the standard 330mm x 330mm sized tile to 500mm x 500mm and beyond.

“The different sizes available allow you to choose a tile to complement a large open-plan living area, a small guest bathroom, the outside patio or the kitchen,” says Richard Nuss, Marketing Manager at Johnson Tiles.

Budget wise, tiles can suit a small and big budget. Ceramic tiles require less maintenance and are more reasonably priced than porcelain and travertine, the latter also needs to be sealed. A local tile manufacturer, such as Johnson Tiles, supplies tiles that are durable and affordable. For home owners working with a bigger budget, there is also the choice of imported tiles.

Tiles are suitable for most areas in the home as they can be water, chemical, stain and fire resistant, but are particularly fitting for high-traffic areas such as the kitchen, entrance area and passage.

Rooms in the home where tiles are a perfect match include the bathroom as tiles offer protection against water, steam and damp; the kitchen, which is considered a high-traffic area and where tiles will offer a hard-wearing surface; and outdoors where textured porcelain tiles can withstand the harsh weather conditions.

A factor that may influence your choice is the area or room where the tiles will be used. High-traffic areas require a durable and practical tile that will not scratch or show dirt easily. Colours also play an important role in the decision making process as well as the maintenance that will be required to keep the tiles in good condition.

“Take a sample home first before purchasing the full stock of tiles required and test the tile in the environment in which it is going to be used to make sure that it looks right in the lighting and complements other colours in the room,” he says. 

When it comes to maintenance, tiles are stain and scratch resistant, easy to clean and highly durable. Stains and water damage are not an issue when it comes to both ceramic and porcelain tiles. Certain natural stone tiles need to be sealed prior to or after installation, therefore make sure you are aware of the treatment tiles will require before or after they’re installed.

“Tiles are an extremely practical and easy to maintain flooring choice and will continue to look beautiful through many years of use,” says Nuss.

For more information contact Johnson Tiles on 011 206 9700 or visit http://www.johnsontiles.co.za.