Make tiled hallways a highlight of any home
With an increasing number of people looking to stay in their homes and embark on home improvement projects rather than moving, where better to start than to create an attractive and welcoming hallway.
With the snow and muddy boot season just around the corner a tiled hallway offers the best of all worlds -- a stylish solution that’s both practical and hardwearing.
There are various tile options which are suitable for hallways including:
• Natural stone products such as slate
• Quarry tiles
The benefit of using tiles
• One of the main benefits of tiles is that they are hard wearing. Porcelain tiles are extremely popular: very hard wearing, suitable for all rooms in the domestic home including hallways which are an area of high traffic and need to stand up to a lot of wear.
• Matt Porcelain tiles often have good anti slip qualities and can be available in a specific anti slip versions as well. These are particularly good for hallways where people may have wet feet on entering the home, in particular when active children are around.
• Tiles are hygienic making them easy to clean and maintain.
• The clean flat surfaces are particularly suitable for people who suffer from asthma and allergies as they do not collect dust or collect animal hair.
• Unlike carpets they will not fade, heat will not damage their surface or curl them. This makes tiles an excellent choice for any room throughout the home including conservatories and hallways that are generally exposed to sunlight.
• Tiles offer an economic al solution as they last longer than most other floor coverings
• Tiles can be fitted with under floor heating systems
• Tiles can easily be fitted throughout the home onto wood floors due to the advances in flexible flooring adhesives and grouts on the market.
• There are a wide variety of colours, designs and finishes available in today’s market and there are options to suit every budget.
• They are extremely attractive and can be used to create a unique style. From the clean lines of large plain colour tiles, to the varied interesting results achieved from slate and slate effect tiles to the integral patterns that can be achieved from using a mix of sized tiles.
Things to consider when choosing tiles for hallways
• Firstly think about the style you are trying to create. There are so many options of tiles available have fun choosing the look that’s right for your home. Are you wanting a traditional look with small quarry tiles or would you prefer a sleek modern style with large format porcelain or ceramic tiles, how about natural, slate hardwearing and stylish and the inconsistencies of the natural stone can create an interesting effect
• Tiles are produced in batches and it is important that you order enough tiles from the same batch to guarantee consistency of shade. It is recommended you order slightly more than you need (about 10% extra) because there can be shade variation between batches.
• Consider the grout colour. The grout colour plays an important part in the finished appearance of the wall or floor. There are many colours available and you should choose a colour that combines well with the tile. Alternatively the traditional colours are white for walls and grey on floors due to them being neutral colours.
• Spend time preparing the surface you are about to attach the tiles to. Preparing the surface is vital – it needs to be flat, firm, dry and clean from any loose particles.
• Ask your tile supplier for advice. A good supplier such as Direct Tile Warehouse will be a member of The Tile Association and will be able to give you advice on choosing the right tiles, adhesives and grouts for your particular project.
For further information please contact:
Angela Coyle on 01792 315482
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