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Tile and Stone Buying Guide | Tiles For Sale Cape Town

By August 2, 2019 No Comments

Installing new tile or stone is a great way to inject personality into your home. But with so many materials and designs available, choosing the right tile can seem overwhelming. To narrow your options, consider your personal design preferences as well as the characteristics of each type of tile. Tiles For Sale Cape Town

Some tiles are designed only for use on walls, while others also work on floors and countertops—be sure to look at the fine print. To help you select the best tile for your space, here’s a look at the pros and cons of porcelain, glass, granite, and marble.

Porcelain

  • Pros:
    1. Offers the look of stone without the maintenance hassles.
    2. Can be used indoors and out.
    3. Very durable and scratch-resistant, making it ideal for high-traffic areas
    4. Low moisture absorption makes it a good choice for kitchens and bathrooms.
    5. Features color throughout the porcelain tile (rather than just on the surface, like most ceramic tile) so scratches are less noticeable.
  • Cons:
    1. Lower-price lines feature limited sizes and colors.
    2. Some tiles are susceptible to staining, depending on the manufacturing process. (Polished porcelain tile will likely need to be sealed before grouting to increase stain resistance.)
    3. Often seen as less glamorous than real stone, but new, sophisticated designs are changing this perception.

Glass

  • Pros:
    1. Available in a wide range of colours, glass tile a great way to introduce colour in a room.
    2. Durable and easy to clean.
    3. Waterproof—some glass tiles can be used in pools.
  • Cons:
    1. Less scratch-resistant than some other types of tiles.
    2. Some glass tiles may not be recommended for use on floors (check manufacturer’s instructions).
    3. More challenging to install than some other tile types.

Granite

  • Pros:
    1. Provides the authentic beauty of a natural material.
    2. Each stone has unique characteristics.
    3. Harder than other natural stones.
    4. Available in a wide range of patterns and colours.
    5. Resists scratches.
  • Cons:
    1. As a natural stone, it’s porous and can be stained by oils.
    2. Needs to be sealed regularly to minimize staining and etching.
    3. Installation costs are higher than another tile.
    4. Colors can vary greatly in granite tile, so be sure to see a good sample of tiles before purchasing any.

Marble

  • Pros:
    1. Provides the authentic beauty of a natural material.
    2. Each stone has unique characteristics.
    3. Its classic veining pattern fits into contemporary and traditional rooms.
    4. As a countertop surface, the cool stone is ideal for baking areas where you’ll be rolling out dough.
  • Cons:
    1. Marble is a soft stone, so it’s vulnerable to scratches.
    2. Colors can vary greatly among tiles, so be sure to see a good sample of marble tile before purchasing any.
    3. Acidic substances (such as lemons) will etch the stone’s surface.
    4. Will need to be sealed regularly to minimize staining and etching.
    5. If used as a countertop material, it will develop a patina and change appearance over time.
    6. Installation costs are higher than other tiles.
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