Large tiles, larger se­lec­tion and the largest tile show­room

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE - ITALCOTTO SPOKESPER­SON

MANY peo­ple would like their home to look like some­one else's. Shouldn't your home re­flect who you are and what you love? Well, of course it should.

Where bet­ter to visit than the Italcotto De­sign Cen­tre, which has all the lat­est tile trends of­fer­ing un-com­prised qual­ity, ex­cel­lent value and style.

Large for­mat tiles: Small ar­eas ap­pear big­ger as the large tile en­hances the space cre­at­ing a clean un­clut­tered feel.

The less grout lines, the less busy your floor is and the more ex­pan­sive it ap­pears.

Mak­ing rooms feel larger not only adds a more invit­ing feel to your home, it can also en­hance the re­sale value of your home.

To­day’s tech­nol­ogy has al­lowed for a seem­ingly end­less se­lec­tion of tile de­signs and styles in nu­mer­ous sizes, tex­tures and colours. A few years ago the largest tile size avail­able was 500x500mm; to­day 600x600mm, 800x800mm, 900x900mm and even larger 600x1200mm are com­mon.

Stone se­ries: The lat­est range in­cludes the Stone se­ries ,avail­able in three stun­ning nat­u­ral tones in 600x600,800x800 and 1200x600mm for­mats. The sur­face looks and feels like real stone with­out all the main­te­nance and seal­ing as­pects as­so­ci­ated with stone floors. Ben­e­fits of us­ing large tiles The large size tile is made of porce­lain, ex­tremely hard wear­ing and suit­able for homes, of­fices and in­dus­trial pur­poses. The tiles ap­pear as slabs of mar­ble or stone and are usu­ally rec­ti­fied, thus al­low­ing the tiles to be laid very close to one an­other; grout joints are min­i­mal and this leads to a clean, min­i­mal­is­tic look. Tiling can be done at a much faster rate than smaller tiles. Large “grip” tiles can be used for wet and out­door ar­eas. In­for­ma­tion on large tiles: The pro­fes­sional tiler has equip­ment to deal with the larger tile and will nor­mally use a wa­ter cut­ting ma­chine to cut the tile. Large tiles are suit­able both for floor and wall ap­pli­ca­tions. Most of the ranges have a rec­tan­gu­lar for­mat (for ex­am­ple 400x800 or 450x900mm) avail­able to com­ple­ment the floor tile and th­ese are ex­ten­sively used for bath­room and kitchen walls. There are many other ap­pli­ca­tions that have be­come pop­u­lar us­ing large tiles for ex­am­ple bed­room wall pan­el­ing; lounge and bar area wall cladding. Dec­o­ra­tive tiles or tile mo­saics are avail­able to com­ple­ment the larger plain tile; this adds in­ter­est and de­sign to com­plete the pic­ture. Rough sur­face tiles in porce­lain are very pop­u­lar for the out­door ar­eas and have ex­cel­lent anti-slip sur­faces. There are many other rea­sons to give The Italcotto De­sign Cen­tre a visit: Italcotto is a strong fam­ily busi­ness, which was started in 1986 by An­gelo March­esini. March­esini was a pioneer in the ce­ramic tile industry in South Africa in the 1970s. He helped ex­pand the tile mar­ket, in an era when tiles were only used in bath­rooms and on kitchen walls. The fam­ily have con­tin­ued and em­braced An­gelo’s pas­sion for de­sign and in­no­va­tion of build­ing prod­ucts. Italcotto‘s care­fully trained and knowl­edge­able staff are all en­thu­si­as­tic and pas­sion­ate about their work and prod­ucts. The lat­est fash­ion trends in floor and wall tiles, mo­saics and dé­cor tiles, Ital­ian and Span­ish clay roof­ing tiles, ,wine bot­tle hold­ers, au­then­tic wood burn­ing pizza ovens and the very ef­fi­cient pel­let and wood burn­ing close com­bus­tion Calore fire­places. A new show­room for heart­wood floor­ing show­cas­ing its beau­ti­ful Oak floor­ing from Italy in var­i­ous sizes and se­lec­tions. Our se­lec­tions in­clude a supreme, rus­tic and char­ac­ter board in both 192mm and 242mm widths – lengths are 2 350mm for all se­lec­tions. Italcotto keeps its fin­ger on the pulse of the new ar­chi­tec­tural styles, de­signs and ma­te­rial re­quire­ments and pro­vides the mar­ket with prod­ucts for th­ese lat­est styles but at the same time sets new trends for our unique, African in­te­rior dec­o­rat­ing cul­ture.x Italcotto De­sign Cen­tre is lo­cated at the en­trance of Cape Town off the N1. The show­room and ware­house has its own has­sle free, se­cure park­ing area.

The trad­ing hours are Mon­day to Thurs­day; from 8am to 5pm; Fri­day, from 8am to 4pm and Satur­day, from 8.30am to 1pm.

An in-house Ital­ian restau­rant, Café Al­le­gro, pro­vides a wel­come respite for the stressed home owner.

Let Italcotto help you turn your home into a work of art for far less than you ever ex­pected.

STONE SE­RIES

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