Explore photos of various new tiling styles to inspire your next renovation
With ceramic tiles, the size of your space absolutely matters; and, so will the size of the tile you should be using! Fortunately, ceramic tiles are multifunctional and can be applied to walls, floors, backsplash areas, around sinks as counter-tops, and even on stairs covering the risers.
From mosaic to faux finished, ceramic tiles come in a range of shapes, sizes, colours, and textures that marvels the imagination. And, so does the list of contractors that claim they can do a good job producing a high quality tile finish. Before accepting any contractor or tiler, check their references and hopefully, legitimate photos showing the quality of their workmanship. 'Word of mouth' is still the best recommendation!
New tile work going over-top of drywall or wood is pretty easy stuff. Removing the existing tiles, wood, carpeting, linoleum, and other ceramic tiles underneath your existing tile, before you can install new tiles, is entirely another matter! In this case, your cost in time, money or energy, will be dramatically affected by what's underneath. Usually, most contractors charge by the existing levels of flooring they would have to remove and level, as part of their fee.
Preparation and accurate measurement is the key to insuring your next tile job goes off without a hitch. The area to be tiled must be accurately measured for the following variables; which can greatly influence the look and fit of your new tiles. The height you have to work with is crucial; and so is the thickness of your tile and tile or compound combined. Your door height, trim height, and existing baseboards and quarter-round, all need to be figured into this equation. Answering this tile skill testing question...What can I use and keep; and what will not fit, and needs accommodating or replacing?
One of the big rules of thumb for any tile job is that smaller spaces that are tiled look better with smaller tiles. Bigger spaces can accommodate bigger sized tiles. Some people tile the floors of bathrooms, basements, kitchens, and laundry rooms. Key point here is to make sure floor areas are properly leveled and graded for drainage; and, just in case, there must be a drain for any water type of emergency. Whether it's an over flow or damaged pipe causing the problem, water has to go somewhere. Minimize your damage; keep it flowing down to a drain.
The style, color and texture of your ceramic tiles is a personal matter of design and taste and lest we forget, what we have to work with; the surrounding colors, appliances, style and design of faucets, existing woodwork and trim, lights, mirrors and lighting; including, a whole lot of other considerations. Ceramic tiles are value priced and give the consumer the biggest return on investment and wow factor for looks!
They are at the lowest end of the spectrum in terms of tiles and their costs; additionally, they require very little maintenance and can last for decades, depending on the traffic and installation.