Types of tiles you need to know about

  • 11 Sep 2017

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Take a look at the ten types of tiles all new tilers need to know about to prepare for work as a professional tiler.

Many people opting for tiles over laminate flooring nowadays, tiling is becoming increasingly advanced, with some even becoming resistant against bacteria, like an equivalent of self-cleaning glass.

An NVQ tiling course will teach you how to lay tiles professionally, however, take a look at the following ten types of tiles all professional tilers should know about, so that you are prepared for a client who would like an alternative tile to ceramic or natural stone.

Ceramic tiles

Popular for domestic homes, ceramic tiles are formed with natural clay and minerals, heated and cooled to form the end product. They are available in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and colours.

Natural stone tiles

The tones of stone tiles are generally natural and each tile is unique.

Large porcelain tiles

Also manufactured from clay, porcelain tiles can be ordered in various sizes and extra-large ones are becoming increasingly popular.

Hydrotech tiles

The self-cleaning protective coating of hydrotech tiles are leading to their popularity in schools and hospitals.

Travertine tiles

Travertine comes from hot springs and is a type of limestone than is often used for floor tiles. Travertine tiles can also be more environmentally friendly as travertine can be found worldwide.

Quarry tiles

Quarry tiles are popular due to their durability and aesthetics.

Mosaic tiles

Most tilers lay mosaic tiles at some point, highly decorative and often used in homes.

Glass tiles

Uneven grouting and applicator materials can show up quite significantly between glass tiles, therefore making it crucial to take care when installing them.

Marble tiles

Durable and available in almost any colour, marble tiles are suitable for various rooms in the home.

Quartzite tiles

Quartzite is a metamorphic rock that has a natural and elegant appearance in addition to being very strong and durable.

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