Lay ground­work

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - TRADES & SERVICES - Janita Singh

FLOOR tiles set the ground­work for the look and feel of any home, and it is im­per­a­tive to get it right.

Tile Mega­Mart de­sign di­rec­tor, Marita Blaschka, has seen all sorts of tile dis­as­ters, from bad de­sign to poor work­man­ship, and warns home­own­ers em­bark­ing on the pro­ject to pay at­ten­tion.

Tiles are a much-favoured floor­ing op­tion for dura­bil­ity.

Start with a good de­sign, and then con­sider lay­out, fin­ish­ing and wa­ter­proof­ing.

“With my clients, I se­lect the floor tile that suits their taste and then all the other el­e­ments, such as paint, car- pet, win­dow treat­ments, are se­lected to en­hance the main floor tile,” Blaschka says.

“So if you like a re­laxed, more ca­sual look, choose a matt fin­ish with earth tones, and pos­si­bly a gen­tle tex­ture. For a more glam­orous, crisp look, pol­ished tile sets the right tone.”

Blaschka says it is also im­por­tant to get the right tiler.

“A tiler or a very knowl­edge­able builder comes in handy. Or ask an in­te­rior de­signer with floor­ing knowl­edge to help,” she says.

“Al­ways ask to see their li­cence, see pic­tures of their re­cent jobs, ask how the edges will be fin­ished (for ex­am­ple cor­ners of walls).’’

And a word of cau­tion to all those DIY-ers out there – tiling in large ar­eas is a pro­ject that should not be at­tempted by am­a­teurs.

“It is cer­tainly some­thing I would not do, as I would want to prac­tise un­til I had some fa­mil­iar­ity,’’ Blaschka says.

“Tiles are heavy and del­i­cate un­til they are laid and grouted. It’s a lot about the prepa­ra­tion, which in­volves get­ting the floor lev­elled, think­ing about where to start, what sort of edges to fin­ish, etc.’’

And it’s never “one for­mula fits all” with tiles, as dif­fer­ent ar­eas re­quire dif­fer­ent prepa­ra­tion. For more tips go to: tile­mega­

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