There are many ways for wall tiles to transform your kitchen. Elevate the interior design of your kitchen with splashbacks, feature walls, and wall insets. Browse the Tilemax range below to see what’s possible. Then, you can either order samples sent to your door, or come into store and talk with one of our friendly tile experts.
The most common spacers used for tiles are 1.5mm, 2mm or 3mm and can be chosen depending on the desired look of your project. 1.5mm grout lines help minimise the look of grout and lets the tile or pattern stand out, a 2 or 3mm grout line is more traditional and shows off a tile laying pattern. For some tiles, like ones with a more handcut or wavy edge, we recommend a larger 2 or 3mm grout line as the tiles won’t line up as perfectly as a straight cut edge.
This is very dependent on what look you are going for, most people use a standard range of grey depending on the colour of the tile. Contrasting if you want to make the look stand out, or a similar colour if you would like to blend the grout in with the colour of the tile.
Tiles can range in price for a couple of different reasons, the main one being where they are sourced from. If for instance we import a tile from Italy the price of shipping is far more than say importing a tile from Australia.
Another factor is how much we import, we may import 500m2 of one tile and only 50m2 of another, giving us greater buying power.
We are constantly bringing in new ranges of tile and as older lines stop being produced we lower the price on these to free up more space in our warehouse.
The wide variety of types, finishes, sizes, shapes, colours and patterns of tiles offer a broad range of design possibilities.
The low water-absorption qualities, hardness and durability of many tiles provide a durable, low-maintenance surface finish for a range of internal and external applications. As with all building materials, tiles perform best when correctly selected and installed. They will then offer a surface finish that is:
- Hard and durable
- Fire and heat resistant.
- Chemical resistant.
- Stain resistant.
Many porcelain products are produced with rectified edges. Typically these tiles have very square edges as a result of cutting or grinding processes which produce tiles with very precise dimensions and permit installation using narrow grout joints.
If the area is fairly regular in terms of overall dimensions, 10 per cent extra should be enough. However, if the tile in question is an unusual shape, or the area to be tiled is a complex shape then 15 per cent is probably a better figure. Having a few spares is a good idea, because if you need more of the same shade (batch number) in the future it may not be available.
Tiles may vary from batch to batch, as shade variation is regarded as an inherent feature of tile production.
We will only supply one batch of tiles for a project unless prior agreement has been made, so if you need to re-order quote the shade or batch number which appears on the box.
A lot of contemporary tiles replicate the appearance of natural stone or timber, and they vary in appearance in an attempt to mimic the natural product.
A scale has been introduced to communicate the degree of variation intended.
V1: Uniform Appearance - Minimal differences among tiles from the same production run.
V2: Slight Variation - Clearly distinguishable differences in texture/pattern with similar colours.
V3: Moderate Variation - While colours present on a single tile is indicative of the colours expected on the other tiles, the amount of colours will vary significantly.
V4: Substantial Variation - Random colour differences between tiles so one tile may have totally different colours from that on other tiles.
Glazed products are already stain proof and generally do not require sealing meaning they consequently are a popular choice for residential situations (especially bathrooms) as they are easy to clean and maintain. You may apply a penetrating sealer on your unglazed tiles or your grout joints. The penetrating sealer is an invisible, stain resistant shield that is absorbed into the surface.
Some unglazed products have a surface treatment (Nano seal) applied during the final stages of manufacturing which penetrates the surface pores and assists in resisting staining. However some products – especially polished porcelains where small “micropores” have been created during the polishing process – may require sealing to protect against staining. Ask one of our team in store for more information regarding this.