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'Even if the style is still available, the batch will be different and may not match the shade exactly. Remember, if you drop something heavy and crack a tile in a few years time, you may want to change just one tile rather than redoing the whole floor. If you have a few spares in your cellar or attic this will be very easy.'

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Amanda Telford, Marketing Manager at CTD Tiles (opens in new tab), agrees: 'Having spares to hand will cover you for any unexpected repairs or replacements needed in the future, avoiding the need to retile your whole room.'

Tiles come in a vast range of sizes, from 7.5 x 15cm metro bricks to large format 60 x 120cm tiles. Whilst these mean you have the freedom to create your perfect home, picking the wrong size can mean the difference between the success or failure of a project.

Hamish adds: 'Another thing to consider is grout lines as these will make an impact on the final result. The smaller the tile, the more grout lines and this can make the space look busy. If lots of grout lines are unavoidable, consider using a colored grout in a similar shade to the tile to help them flow in more symmetry.'

Hamish explains: 'Ordering either a swatch sample (a small cut of the full tile) or a full tile sample (the best for helping you envisage how it will look in your home), will help you to see the true color, texture and finish on a tile.'

'Handmade encaustic cement tiles will naturally have a slight colour gradient. Using natural dyes, they are rich in color and depth. The cheaper versions on the market are often very flat, and very bright in tone using artificial colors. A better option here would be a ceramic tile which are easier to maintain and more cost effective than a low-priced encaustic cement option.'

'Where you are adding tiles will influence the type of tile you will want to go for,' says Hamish. 'For example, is the tile going to be used externally or internally? If externally, is the material weatherproof and slip resistant? If internally, is the tile suitable for heavy foot traffic, can it be used with underfloor heating, does it need sealing regularly or is it light enough to be used as a wall covering? You might love a product but it's so important to check that a tile will work in the intended space, the last thing you want are cracked tiles or stone that is slippery when laid in an unsuitable area.'

Amanda Telford agrees, saying: 'It's so important to take into consideration the right tile material for floors in high traffic areas such as kitchens, hallways, conservatories and other living areas with high usage and footfall.

'We would always recommend using porcelain tiles over ceramic tiles in these areas. Porcelain tiles are much more hardwearing and capable of withstanding every day, busy living and will last for years. Ceramic tiles are slightly less hardwearing but perfectly suited to any wall application, or low footfall areas with light or barefoot traffic such as small bathrooms or cloakrooms.'

'When choosing the right tiler for your project, consider someone who is experienced in the particular material you have chosen. Whilst porcelain and ceramic tiles are most commonly used, large format, encaustic, glass and natural stone tiles can come with their own set of challenges during fitting.

'Once you receive your order, check that you have all your tiles and that they are in good condition. If you opted for natural stone, please remember there may be some variations in color, tone and natural character which make them so beautiful and unique to each project. We recommend that you shuffle tiles from different boxes so that you have a uniform effect across the whole surface.'

Hamish explains: 'Natural stone, encaustic, crackle glaze and terracotta products will require sealing. Once your tiles are installed, you will need to use an impregnating sealant for protection against fading and staining, such as Stone Essentials Stain Block (or for crackle glaze tiles, a crackle glaze sealant).

'Not only will grout color affect the final project result, picking the wrong colour could also affect and even damage your tiles,' says Hamish. 'We recommend using lighter colored grouts for most products, in particular natural stone, encaustic and terrazzo tiles, rather than black or bright coloured as these can cause staining in the natural pores of the tiles.

'When choosing a grout color, try to match it to the main colour or background colour of your chosen tiles and always ask your retailer for advice on installation, for example we always recommend that Zellige, Bejmat and Terrazzo tiles are installed with little to no gap in between for the best effect.'

There is no clearly defined best time of the year to purchase your new flooring, but there are a few key factors that can make your timing the best possible. For instance, wait until most floorings go on sale, if possible. Traditionally, two parts of the year will produce the lowest flooring costs. Just after the holidays (late December-January), flooring costs will drop.

Now, most people tend to be far too busy during the holiday season to take care of any sort of flooring purchases and/or installations. This time of the year also happens to be the same time when most flooring providers are moving in new inventory for the spring and summers. These are popular times of the year to begin remodeling projects.

Late May is another time of year when flooring typically goes on sale. This is a great time of year to purchase some flooring that may not be as popular or desired heading into the hot summer season. Just like the holidays, many providers will bank on people being busy with memorial day trips and obligations.

We suggest you try to avoid purchasing flooring in the fall. Typically, this is the time of year when kids are back in school and the home life has really settled down. See if you can hold off on any flooring investments until the holiday season approaches.

The experts say most installation projects are best left for the cooler seasons. You want your flooring to get acclimated to surrounding temperatures, especially in a place as hot as Arizona. This can also be installed later in the year for the safety of all installation workers. Purchasing and installing new flooring in the month of January can be the best case scenario for homeowners.

When you need flooring that needs to be waterproof, then ceramic tile is going to be best. Ceramic tile can be used as countertops, floor tiles and anywhere indoors. There are some types of ceramic tiles that have a high gloss that will eventually scratch. Ceramic tiles that are unglazed will be the best for outdoor flooring because of standing water. Some of the most popular finishes that are available will be textured for anti-slip properties, glazed, embossed and matte. Ceramic tiles that are made from porcelain will be colored throughout the tile and will hide any damage or scratches easily. One of the biggest drawbacks is that the grout is hard to clean and any low-quality tiles chip.

Marble tiling will be a very versatile and durable flooring type. They can be used on flooring, hallway columns, and walls. The tiles are easy to clean and maintain. They can also be easy to engrave with designs and textures to fit your style. Marble tile is great in a foyer and will come in a lot of colors. Marble also has many variations and is often used for sculptures and as a building material, but it is mainly used for flooring. Tiles can come in many sizes, and stone flooring installation is easy.

One of most recent flooring types is going to be bamboo flooring, which may be a green solution whenever it is compared to other traditional materials for flooring. Bamboo is elegant, durable and has many colors which range from a light tan to a honey brown. It has a clean, strong surface but it may darken over time or when it is exposed to a lot of sunlight. Bamboo should not be allowed to sit with water on it. You can get manufactured bamboo flooring which is often made in planks that will have horizontal or vertical grain. In a vertical bamboo flooring, the pieces will be stood vertically on a narrow edge and then will be pressed side to side.

Hint: You will get best installation price during off-season, which is typically from October through March. However, since flooring is not as seasonal as other home improvement trades, even during spring/summer you will usually get decent price on installation.

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The best time to buy flooring and get the best prices is in the off-season, between December and January. This is when you are likely to find the best clearance sale prices. You may want to wait until spring to actually install your floors, as winter installation can be problematic due to low temperatures affecting acclimation and the convenience of airing/off-gassing.

February 16, 2023, by: Jamie SandfordSpring and fall are the best times of the year to replace the flooring in your home. However, these are typically not the best time to look for bargains and cheap installation estimates.

Spring and fall allow the fastest, most complete acclimation with the least risk of problems because homes are not likely to have either very high or very low humidity. So, if you want new flooring installed before the holidays or in time for the summer graduation party, plan ahead to ensure the best results.

You can take advantage of this by advertising price reductions on your services as well. If you are buying right, you can stay ahead of the competition. Great prices and great service will win business most of the time.

Your goal is to satisfy the client on their flooring project. Too often, an inexperienced installer will rush in and give a quick low price thinking that is all the customer wants. Price will be a part of the equation of winning the bid, but it is often way down on the list. Take your time and ask a lot of questions: 041b061a72


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