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The feel: “Stone tiles have an or­ganic feel, while porce­lain gives a so­phis­ti­cated look,” says Christie Wood, de­sign spe­cial­ist at Beau­mont Tiles (beau­mont-tiles.com.au). “Tim­ber-look tiles can feel very homely.” The op­tions: “Porce­lain is stur­dier and more mois­ture re­sis­tant than stone tiles,” says Christie. “Ce­ramic tiles are very af­ford­able, and pressed-edge tiles are cheaper to buy and in­stall as they’re more for­giv­ing when laid.”

“Stone gives a lux­u­ri­ous fin­ish, but needs more care and main­te­nance [than porce­lain],” says David Com­pagnino, busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager at Sig­norino Tile Gallery (sig­norino.com.au). “An ex­cel­lent al­ter­na­tive is porce­lain slab prod­ucts such as Lam­i­nam.”

The new ‘Ce­mento’ range from Beau­mont Tiles is “con­structed from rec­ti­fied porce­lain. It gives the beauty of pol­ished con­crete with the flex­i­ble ap­pli­ca­tion of tiles,” says Christie. In­stal­la­tion: To pre­vent fu­ture prob­lems, hire a pro­fes­sional. Under-tile heat­ing can be a good ex­tra. “Con­vec­tion en­ergy means the tiles warm the floor sur­face and heat up the room,” says Christie. “It’s sig­nif­i­cantly cheaper than air-con­di­tion­ing!”

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