Conservatories are an excellent addition to any property and offer a great way to open up existing rooms and bring more natural light into the home. Not only that, but they’re particularly useful when it comes to enjoying the outdoor vibe here in South Africa as you can always pop back inside when the Summertime returns to form and the heavens open!Floor Tiles Cape Town
If you’ve already chosen your conservatory, you may be wondering what the best type of flooring is to use. Happily, the options are nearly limitless. However, as an area that gets more than its share of foot traffic from the outdoors and will experience some extremes in temperature, you will want to consider something that’s both practical and hard-wearing.
Thankfully there are plenty of floor tiles that are just that – perfect for indoor: outdoor usage. Read on to find out which tiles work best for conservatories and what you should consider before installing tiles.
Choosing Your Tiles
Conservatory floors are subjected to a lot of traffic, especially if they back onto a garden area as they’re used as an entry and exit point (particularly during the summer months when there’s all that alfresco entertaining to be done!). Taking this into consideration, it’s wise to opt for hardwearing porcelain tiles that will stand up to wear and tear.
These days, porcelain tiles come in all manner of shapes, sizes and designs, but wood effect floor tiles, patterned tiles, and slab tiles seem to be particularly popular for conservatories.
These things have been getting quite a few tongues wagging of late, mainly due to their versatility when it comes to creating a seamless look from indoor to outdoor areas. Commonly referred to in the exciting world of interior design as indoor:outdoor (that colon makes all the difference!), slab tiles are basically a porcelain version of your ‘traditional’ outdoor paving slabs, only they’re 20mm thick, aren’t porous like some concrete and natural stone is, and don’t require any upkeep other than a swift rinsing down every now and again. Whilst you wouldn’t necessarily use these for a conservatory floor, many tiles do have accompanying 20mm thick versions that you can use to extend a flooring aesthetic from interior areas to exteriors.
Things To Consider Before Laying Your Tiles
The most important thing to remember when laying any sort of floor tile is to ‘concentrate on the substrate’ as it’s the substrate that dictates the type of grout, adhesive and sometimes even the type of tile you can use.
Finally, as it’s common as it’s common to tile from a kitchen into a conservatory, pay attention to your sub-floors. If you have two different sub-floors, you’ll want to ensure you use expansion joints and anti-fracture membranes to make that transition between floors seamless and stable.