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May 31, 2018

Selecting Tiles for your bathroom renovation / kitchen renovation: our top 5 tips!

May 31, 2018

Selecting tiles for a bathroom renovation or kitchen renovation project can be an exciting exercise. Most of us concentrate on the colours, style and the look we are trying to achieve.

 

However, as home renovation specialists, Amerex have discovered over the years, that there is much more to selecting the right tiles. If you want a result that will stand the test of time, there is much more to the tile selection process.

 

We reveal our top 5 tips for selecting tiles for your home renovation, bathroom renovation or kitchen renovation. We will guarantee that you will not find some of these tips that we have learnt from years of experience anywhere else!

1.     Selecting tile types: Porcelain, Ceramic or Stone

Selecting tiles in a bathroom renovation

 

Generally, tiles will either be made of Porcelain, Ceramic or Stone. Which is best? Which one should you choose? It is a personal choice, but we have provided a few key tips that may help:

 

Ceramic – ceramic tiles are the most commonly used tile type. These are easier to cut than porcelain, making them a popular choice for DIY’ers. Ceramic are a popular choice that offer many possibilities.

 

Porcelain – porcelain tiles are denser than ceramic, less porous than other types of tiles, and quite durable. This makes them perfect for wet areas such as bathrooms. With a porcelain tile, the pattern goes the whole way through the tile, where with ceramic tiles the pattern sits on top.

 

selecting tiles made of Stone in a bathroom renovation

 

Stone – these can be difficult to lay and may have some imperfections due to it being a natural product. Stone tiles can include granite, marble, travertine and slate.

Some people love the imperfections and the flaws of nature, so don’t let this put you off. Note that stone products are porous, and may need to be sealed regularly, or need other special treatment and care. Proceed with caution.

 

2.     Selecting Tiles on Sale! Buyer Beware!

What? What could possibly go wrong with tiles on Sale? The two key questions to ask the Supplier are:

Bathroom renovation of tiles

 

(1) Are the remaining tiles all from the same batch? Tiles that are from different batches may have colour variations and this can be disastrous for your end result with mismatched tiles ruining your final look.

 

(2) Are there enough tiles in stock so that you order some extras for future repairs, breakage, and wastage? If there is not enough surplus, you run the risk of not having enough tiles to complete your job if something unforeseen happens such as excessive breakages. Buyer beware!

 

3.     Tiles not matching in size – Wall to Floor

selecting tiles that match in size from wall to floor in this new bathroom with heaps of storage

 

Tiling is very unforgiving if you get it wrong. A rookie mistake to watch out for, is mismatching of tile sizes.

 

For example, the wall tile in a bathroom may be 2-3mm smaller than the floor tile. The problem once the tiles are laid, is that the joints will not match up.

 

The end result will look uneven, and this is very difficult to remedy without pulling the entire lot up!

 

 

 

4.     Selecting LARGE Tiles can introduce problems

selecting tiles for a bathroom with large tiles and mosaic tilesLarge tiles have the benefit of fewer joints and a nice clean look. They can, however, introduce some problems. Sometimes they can be supplied with deflections or slight bends in individual tiles.

 

Suppliers are quick to put a disclaimer across this sort of defect, and you can be forced to work with the product. One problem that this can cause is known as lippage. That is the tile is slightly raised or turned up at the edge. These tiles can be very difficult to lay, and may also incur extra costs from the Tiler as a result.

 

A professional tiling supplier should assist you when making selections and avoid this.

 

 

5.     Cheap Tiles or any tiles – may be bowed

bathroom tiling in action

 

Check the quality of the tiles supplied. Cheap tiles – and sometimes the not so cheap tiles – can have a slight bow in the tile. You can detect this by holding them vertical and checking to see if they are straight.

 

Bowed tiles will cause all sorts of problems to lay, and will potentially lead to water sealing problems which will require a complete retile at some point in the not too distant future.

 

Our tip? Inspect your tiles when they are delivered and ensure that you report or return any bowed or damaged tiles straight away and seek a partial or complete replacement.

 

There is more to a home renovation project than just selecting the right tiles! Be sure that you avoid these most common renovation mistakes that many homeowners make.

 

How can the Amerex team help you? Contact us to discuss your Perth Home Improvement project.

How can the amerex team help you

 

We hope that the above has been helpful. If you would like to book a consultation with Amerex to discuss your Home Renovation, Home Extension, or Top Storey Addition project, we would be only too happy to arrange a time to meet.

 

Call us on 9227 1822 or contact us via our website contact form below.

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If you would like more information about any of our services contact us today

t:(08) 9227 1822   e:info@amerex.com.au

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It was an absolute pleasure to deal with the Amerex team for our home renovation. From Steve Burke the office staff & the various tradespeople, we received exceptional customer service. The skilled tradespeople were reliable, obliging & committed to the highest level of quality on our home. NOTHING was too much trouble. Steve, Pete (the foreman ) & the office staff, especially Kelly, were always available either on the phone or on site if we had any queries. We knew we could always make direct contact with them & that any queries would be quickly resolved. We felt that we received a very personal & professional service from the Amerex team. Amerex came in on budget, they completed the work earlier than scheduled & they ensured our renovation ran smoothly throughout. Thank you Amerex. We love our "new" home and our family and friends are amazed at the transformation. We would wholeheartedly recommend Amerex. Eric & Kristine Trevaskis. .
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Amerex carried out a large renovation for us in 2015; almost a year-long project. Amerex, lead by Steve, have clearly been in the building industry a long time and offered valuable input and guidance prior to, and during the build. They used skilled tradespeople and quality materials; no corners were cut and I felt confident that the build was of the highest quality. Steve and his team communicated frequently with me along the way and I was involved at every step. I felt comfortable approaching him if I had any questions or concerns, he was always available and acted quickly to resolve any issues. The team at Amerex were reliable, professional and a pleasure to deal with. In particular Kelly, who would often go ‘above and beyond’, was always positive, and nothing was ever too much trouble. People who visit our home always comment on the finish and quality of the build, most believing it’s a new home and not a renovation. I will definitely use Amerex again, and would be happy to recommend them.
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04:07 11 Oct 16
This is the first renovation/building undertaking we have experienced and we cannot speak highly enough of the quality Amerex provided. The project design was flawless, and we were extremely impressed with the marrying of the old and new. The attention to detail provided by Steve and his team was outstanding and our friends and family are quick to note this. We love the extra space and seamless flow of our family home. The Amerex commitment to using quality trades and ensuring the trades delivered on time and rectifying issues, was present throughout the building of our home. This gave us great peace of mind and for these reasons we would not hesitate to recommend Amerex.’
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The renovation of our home was its third reincarnation as it was originally a very ordinary rectangular 1950s Roman Catholic outpost church which we turned into a house on a tight budget in the late 1980s. As is usually the case, this current renovation was very significant and emotional for me and my family but more unusually, I was living overseas for almost all of the time the renovation was undertaken. We wanted a home that would comfortably accommodate our family and overseas and interstate visitors, provide a focus for entertaining a crowd, as well as being low maintenance and energy efficient. We selected Amerex as our builder because Steve Burke and his very competent team gave our family the confidence that they could be trusted to undertake this renovation professionally and sensitively including communicating progress every step of the way. Steve and his team took our conceptual design and made our vision a reality in very quick time with practical completion of this major renovation within 7 months of the start date. The site supervision was tight which meant that the work progressed easily between the various trades. What is more, the estimated cost of the job was accurate with variations only to suit changes that we required. The outcome was a home that delivers so much more than we expected in terms of comfort, quality and our initial objectives. It was a real pleasure to deal with Steve and his team. I would not hesitate to recommend Amerex to anyone who needs the services of a truly professional builder/renovator.
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AMAZING experience. We have just completed a major renovation, and over 18 months dealing with Steve and the AMEREX team. We had a 1930's California bungalow and required the character at the front to be maintained whilst adding almost an entire new house to the back including a second story. We have built twice before, both new homes one with larger builders. The difference between that and our experience with AMEREX was astounding. This was actually an exciting and pleasurable experience throughout. Rather than a number or just "another" client, we were made to feel part of the AMEREX family. The office staff (Loretta, Kelly and Maryanne) are a pleasure to deal with, nothing is ever too much effort. Kelly in particular is a great help with all the various selections and changes and is always smiling! We did not have an issue with a single tradesman throughout. And finally Pete (working foreman) and Steve (owner) are the most hands on, professional and customer focused we have ever met. I was able to speak to either at any time regarding any issue, many times Steve would suggest changes on site to improve the look or function of the renovation and Pete can do it all. No variation fees, complete flexibility, great workmanship direct line to the owners/supervisor, quality finish. We could not recommend AMEREX highly enough. Brenton and Jacqui Seymour Daglish
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