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Top 10 tips for selecting a tile

Top 10 tips for selecting a tile

25 July 2019 |

Ceramic and porcelain tiles are a fantastic product that, if correctly selected and installed, should last indefinitely.  As a consequence, selecting such a permanent product is a little daunting for a lot of people. Getting it wrong is not easy or cheap to correct. Similarly fear of becoming outdated and unfashionable can also lead to over cautious colour and design selections at the expense of a design you truly loved.

In order to provide a smoother tile selection process and reassurance for your ultimate decision-making, we have put together a simple sequence of tips to consider when selecting tiles.

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History Always Repeats

History Always Repeats

By The Tile Depot
25 February 2018 |

A fun case study into the history of the 3D cube pattern in tile trends. 

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What is a PEI rating?

What is a PEI rating?

By The Tile Depot
23 January 2018 |

PEI is a testing method for glazed ceramics to determine the 'wearability' of the surface of the tile. The test result determines the suitability for purpose for various areas of installation. 
 

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What is a rectified tile?

What is a rectified tile?

By The Tile Depot
04 October 2017 |

Rectified tile is tile that has been cut to an exact size. With rectified tile there is very little size variation between individual tiles. This means less chance of lippage, more accurate layout and easier installation.

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What is Polished Porcelain and What is Nano sealing?

What is Polished Porcelain and What is Nano sealing?

By Tile Depot
15 November 2016 |

When porcelain is first made, it is not absorbent, but the polishing process for making the unglazed surface shiny cuts into the surface, leaving microscopic pinholes exposed and prone to absorbing stains, in the same way as natural stone tiles. Unless they have a suitable, long-lasting treatment applied by the manufacturer like nano, polished porcelain tiles will need sealing. Porcelain sealants are either solvent-based or water-based. Water based sealants are cheaper, but don't last.

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Let woodgrain porcelain tiles work for your home

Let woodgrain porcelain tiles work for your home

By Tile Depot
05 July 2016 |

Wood grain porcelain tiles are one of the key emerging trends in interior design right now, capturing the beauty of natural timber and combining it with the durability and ease of maintenance of tiles.

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Porcelain v Ceramic tiles - what is the difference?

Porcelain v Ceramic tiles - what is the difference?

28 June 2016 |

We are often asked what is the difference between porcelain and ceramic tiles? While both fall within the generic ceramic flooring category, porcelain tiles are denser, harder and less pervious to water than ceramic tiles. This means that some porcelain tiles can be used virtually anywhere, and they have the advantage over ceramic tiles in outdoor areas, wet areas and areas of high traffic.

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What are Encaustic Tiles?

What are Encaustic Tiles?

By The Tile Depot
21 March 2016 |

Encaustic tiles, also referred to as Moroccan tiles, Spanish tiles, Moorish tiles, cement tiles, inlaid tiles and geometric tiles. They were originally handmade ceramic tiles with ornate and geometric patterns that were produced within the body of the tile not the glaze. Thus over time as the tile was worn, the pattern remained.

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