Se­lect­ing the right tiles

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non-stain­ing. You can do this with a spe­cial sealer.

Nat­u­ral stone tiles will give you an up-mar­ket feel, and can be used on floors, walls and out­side.

Make sure that they are sealed cor­rectly as they are gen- er­ally much more por­ous than man-made tiles. Grout Fine grout lines are now more pop­u­lar than the old fash­ioned heav­ier lines. An eighth of an inch is bet­ter than the tra­di­tional quar­ter of an inch as grout is usu­ally what makes tiles seem dirty and a smaller grout line is eas­ier to keep clean.

If you want your grout to “fade out” it’s best to match the grout to your tile colour.

It’s also now quite fash­ion­able to have a con­trast grout. Black or grey grout with a white tile for ex­am­ple. It’s a very dif­fer­ent look but can work well in a mod­ern room. Or­der ex­tra Al­ways or­der 5-10 per cent more than you will need to al­low for break­ages or mis­takes. It will also mean you have some in store for the fu­ture, in the same shade and colour, when you re­quire them. Use a pro­fes­sional Small ar­eas can be tack­led by DIY’ers, but if your space is large, use a pro­fes­sional who has ex­pe­ri­ence and knows how to best lay out the tiles, and use un­der­lay and ad­he­sive to their best ef­fect. Ex­te­rior tiles Gen­er­ally the same rules ap­ply to the out­side as in, but if you have a large area to cover, con­sider a ran­dom or French pat­tern. Main­te­nance If your tiles are good qual­ity, have been l aid and sealed cor­rectly, are regularly cleaned, and kept in good con­di­tion, you should get years of wear out of them. Qual­ity tiles will last for years, so don’t scrimp.

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