Selecting the right tiles
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.