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TILE QUICK TIPS

1. Make your selection early and check stock availability.

2. Remember most tiles are priced per metre unless specified otherwise. Purchasing, however, is per carton.

3. Have your measurements handy. Add a percentage for cutting and wastage - we recommend 10-15%. It's always a good idea to keep a box of tiles for spares and for reference later down the track should you need any more.

 

Welcome to the Concept Tile Tile Guide! Here you’ll find some useful information that will help you make informed tile decisions as well as tips and tricks from our expert tile consultants.

From choosing the right tiles for your space to finding a qualified tiler, we'll make sure you have all the insights to maintaining your tiles so that you and your family can enjoy them for many years to come. We cover the topics that will help you get the best outcome for your Concept.

Glazed Porcelain - Glazed porcelain tiles are much harder and are more wear-resistant than non-porcelain ceramic tiles, making them suitable for any application from light traffic to the heaviest residential and light commercial traffic.

PEI RATINGS

The PEI rating system for ceramic tiles is an extremely reliable gauge for consumers to use in determining wear expectations for a particular tile choice. The Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI) has developed a rating scale that effectively guides consumers through the  process of choosing the right tile.

 

Always remember the golden rule that a floor tile can be used on a wall, but never use a wall tile on a floor.

UNDERSTANDING SLIP RATINGS & MOHS
Roof Tiles

TILE TYPES

Available in a wide variety of styles and colours, it’s hard to know what type of tile to choose from.

 

Tiles are manufactured from various materials and each type of flooring has its own benefits which should be taken into consideration when selecting tiles in conjunction with each individual’s sense of style as well as their budget and functionality requirements.

SELECTING A TILER

01

qualifications & Experience

 

Find out what qualifications and experience the tiler has and ask for their BSA number.

02

WRITTEN Quotations

 Knowing the total cost up front makes it clear what you're spending on the project to avoid any hidden additional fees. Make sure you clarify any areas of ambiguity before you agree to proceed with the work.

03

compare Quotations

It may help to get multiple quotations, but it's also important to remember that tiling is a long term investment and the lowest price may not give you the result you expect.

04

REFERENCES

Most tilers are more than happy to let you contact a couple of their recent customers to verify the quality of their work.

05

intuition

Trust your instincts and go with the tiler that gives you confidence they will get the job done to a professional standard. 

06

questions

1. Can you easily get a hold of the tiler?

2. Did the quotation cover all the work that needs to be done at a reasonable price?

3. Were they punctual or did they fail to arrive on time without explanation?

4. Did they appear keen to do the work?

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TILE CALCULATIONS

HOW TO FIND OUT HOW MANY TILES YOU WILL NEED

Arming yourself with all the information you need when you get to the tile store is the first place to start. You should have a clear idea of the area you wish to tile and the amount of foot traffic it will be exposed to. For help with working out what rating tile your project will need check our PEI rating guide.

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CLEANING TILES

Ceramic tiles are essentially a practical, low maintenance flooring material. It is important to clean the tiles regularly so that dirt doesn’t build up. Tiles are a great product, however they won’t stay clean by themselves.

Your number one enemy is dirt. Always keep your tiles clean as trapped dirt can be very abrasive. Sand and gritty dirt is likely to damage any tiled surface.

We recommend using a mat or rug at the entrance to doorways.

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