Not just for floors!

When shop­ping around for new wall and floor sur­faces, put tiles on your shop­ping list for their dura­bil­ity and style.

Monthly Chronicle - - Home & Living - Neil Tur­rell

If you’re con­sid­er­ing what floor and wall cov­er­ings to use, think about us­ing tiles.

They of­fer some­thing for just about every taste. Along with their beauty, there are a num­ber of rea­sons why tiled floors and walls are both a prac­ti­cal and pop­u­lar op­tion.

Tiles can be made from glass, ce­ramic, porce­lain and nat­u­ral stone. One of the main ben­e­fits of ce­ramic floor and wall tiles is ease of main­te­nance. The tiles re­quire no spe­cial clean­ing so­lu­tion, tend to be stain re­sis­tant, and don’t ab­sorb odours, mak­ing it eas­ier to clean and en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly, as just a mild cleans­ing so­lu­tion and mop can clean up any spills or dirt.

Ce­ramic tiles can also stand up to heavy traf­fic and abra­sion, so kids, pets and lots of vis­i­tors are no prob­lem. There’s also no shrink­ing or ex­pand­ing as with wood prod­ucts, which keeps the chem­i­cal struc­ture of the ce­ramic in­tact for the long term, con­tribut­ing to its dura­bil­ity.

Porce­lain floor tiles are fired at very high tem­per­a­tures and are denser than their ce­ramic coun­ter­parts and so of­fer bet­ter chip re­sis­tance. This makes porce­lain tiles a great floor so­lu­tion for out­door and in­door ar­eas.

For a time­less look that rarely dates, con­sider nat­u­ral stone. This is my pref­er­ence as noth­ing else seems to con­vey a sense of time­less el­e­gance as much as nat­u­ral stone.

Over time, the colour will mel­low and the sur­face will wear to a smooth patina. Each piece is unique and con­veys a his­tory with every line, colour and fos­sil re­main­der that was once alive. Nat­u­ral stone is avail­able in pavers and tiles and comes in var­i­ous sizes and fin­ishes.

So if you’re con­sid­er­ing ren­o­vat­ing or are cur­rently car­ry­ing out ex­ten­sions, con­sider tiles as a floor­ing op­tion. They don’t only look great, but also of­fer many eco­nomic and prac­ti­cal ben­e­fits.

Tur­rell Build­ing Ser­vices has been de­sign­ing and build­ing on the North Shore and in the Hills Dis­trict for over 20 years.

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