Picking the right flooring when upgrading your home can be a bit overwhelming. Today, there seem to be endless choices even though most of the time we think all tiles look the same. Tiles come in different finishes, colours, and patterns that even though they look similar, they differ because of the tiling material used. So, before you go and shop for tiling based on the look alone, we’ll share with you some important questions to ask to help you find the best fit.

Is it ceramic or porcelain?

Ceramic and porcelain tiles are the most readily available in the market today. Porcelain tiles are stronger than ceramic tiles and often used in areas that receive lots of traffic. Ceramic tiles are cheap and come in different finishes like matte, gloss and glazed, so you can quickly find a design that suits your home. Other than the price, colour, and pattern of the tiles you want to buy, it’s certainly important to know the type and whether they are designed to handle the space they’re intended to be installed.

Is it slip resistant?

If slip resistance is a concern, you need tiles that don’t get slippery. Slip resistant tiles come with a unique finish. They are often used in areas such as the bathroom, kitchen or patio where the tiles are likely to get wet. Choose a tile that has been designed with a textured, matte finish instead of the high glossy tiles, which may be beautiful to look at but not practical for areas like the bathroom. Installing the wrong tiles in a space can be a serious safety hazard so make sure you take the right steps to find tiles with a suitable finish.

Is it durable?

Of course, you need a tile that will last for as long as possible. Ceramic and porcelain tiles are designed to last for years especially when properly installed. If you are planning on installing the tiles on your own, make sure you find out from the tile expert how to get the job done properly so that it doesn’t interfere with the product’s lifespan.

What are the maintenance demands?

Find out if the tiles will need regular sealing to last long. Some ceramic tiles are not recommended in porous areas because they get damaged when exposed to water. If you are looking for tiles that are ideal for the bathroom or kitchen, find out first if they have water-resistant features.

Does it come in a variety of patterns/shapes?

It’s good to find beautiful tiles that you love. You’ll see them every day in your space so make sure you love how well they look. Ceramic tiles are available in an array of patterns and shapes so it’s easy to find something that suits your unique tastes. If you have a small space, avoid tiles with busy patterns because they tend to make the room look cluttered. Go for a simple look and smaller tiles that will create an illusion of a much larger space.