Not only is tile gorgeous, it also provides the lowest lifecycle cost of any flooring choice. Smart and beautiful…that’s why you should choose tile.
Tile provides better value than hardwood, laminate, carpet and vinyl.
When it comes to lasting affordability, there is no comparison.
Independent consulting firm Scharf-Godfrey defines life cycle costs as the sum of the initial costs, maintenance costs and removal costs. Taking each of these factors into account, they analysed tile and 12 other flooring options. Their study found that over time, tile is most affordable flooring type.
Life Cycle Cost Analysis is a method of project evaluation in which all costs arising from owning, operating, maintaining and disposing of a project are considered important to the decision. So, the costs represent an appraisal of actual initial installation costs, custodial maintenance expenses, and removal costs for each material over the product life cycle. In all cases, the developed costs reflect high standards for installation and good maintenance practices.
If you came into this process with the perception that ceramic tile is expensive, then, you may be surprised to realize that it actually costs less per year than all other floor finishes over the life of a building. In fact, all tile is less than $0.40 per square foot per year. Carpet and vinyl are significantly more expensive due to their shorter expected life!
With all it has going for it, choosing tile just plain makes sense. Now you know that it makes cents too!
See the full study below:
Article and information courtest of whytile.com
Do you need to find a matching tile to existing floor or wall tiles? Have you damaged a tile, started a renovation and ran out of tiles? Are your existing tiles no longer available or discontinued?
At Nerang Tiles, we want to make matching tiles as easy as possible. This is a guide on How to find the closest match to existing tiles. We have outlined some simple steps you can take…
There a plenty of reasons why you would want to match new tiles to your existing tiles. These include:
Check Your Storage
At Nerang Tiles we always recommend that customers order an extra few cartons for wastage, cuts or as insurance for the future. This means that should you decide to renovate or a mishap happens you can always rely on finding the same tile in your closet, garage or attic.
If you inherited your tiles in your home then it may be worthwhile to search the home to see if any loose pieces were stored by the previous owners or the person that installed the tiles.
Order the Same Tile
If you previously ordered your tiles from Nerang Tiles, the first step to finding the same tile as your existing tiles is to find your Invoice. Your invoice will have all the relevant information about your tiles. Once you have located the tile on your Invoice you want to order, call Nerang Tiles and provide us with the tile code or your Invoice number. With any luck the tile is still available and the same batch may still exist, Nerang Tiles can check all of this for you.
For peace of mind, we recommend ordering a current batch sample if your tile is available but not in the old batch to ensure that it is the same tile and that the shade is an appropriate match. Tiles are produced in batches and they can vary significantly, so it is important to check that the tile still matches if there is a new batch.
HINT: Do not assume that just because a tile store has a tile by the same name that it will look just the same as yours. Tiles vary in appearance with every run (batch). Be sure to compare the new tile against your old tile before you leave the store.
Filter the Showroom For a Close Match
Nerang Tiles has over five thousand different floor tiles and wall tiles on display. Whether you ordered your existing tiles from somewhere else, not sure where they were from or the tile is not available anymore, we are certain that we will have a close match on display at our Gold Coast Tile Showroom.
Our expert design team can assist you filter the showroom by size, finish, colour and style to find the closest match to your existing tiles. We can even order a current batch sample to ensure that the colours are a suitable match. We send out full sized samples too, not swatches, so you can see all the colour variation on the tile you are considering.
HINT: If you do not remember or know what colour and brand your existing grout is then you may need to find a close match. Just as with tiles, not every grout is equal and they come in a variety of shades and colours. Try taking a piece of your existing grout to the tile store and compare it with the colour swatches available. Our design team can assist in matching existing grout.
Fuse New With Old
Finding the right replacement tile for a bathroom or any space in the home does not have to leave you feeling burned; knowing your options and keeping them open can spark matches that seamlessly fuse the old with the new.
Sometimes tiles get discontinued and the batches of the same tile can vary significantly. This can make finding replacement floor tiles and wall tiles time consuming and frustrating. At the very least you should be prepared for the fact that an exact match might not be available.
If the same tile is not available, it can be a fun experience to mix and match to create a completely new or compliment an existing design. Get creative with our expert design team by looking for a similar tile in a different colour. It is important to stay open minded and view your design with the possibility of creating a random or regular pattern with another colour. You may need to move some of the existing tiles around so that the pattern is more widespread.
We trust that the information on finding matching tiles to your existing ones has been useful.
For more information and assistance with matching existing floor tiles or wall tiles please contact or visit the expert design team at the Nerang Tiles Gold Coast Tile Showroom.
When it comes to flooring solutions there is no doubt that porcelain floor tiles are the better choice. Porcelain tiles also triumph in all categories over ceramic tiles as well.
Porcelain tiles are generally have denser and thicker bodies than ceramic tiles and are significantly less porous. However like all things, not all porcelain tiles are made equal. When choosing flooring or wall solution using porcelain tiles you have a range of options, one of which is between unglazed porcelain and glazed porcelain. There are important differences between glazed and unglazed porcelain and we have listed a few below to assist in your choice.
Porcelain Tile Manufacturing Process
Glazed and unglazed porcelain tile is manufactured by compressing and tightly firing clay, silica and other naturally sourced materials at extremely high temperatures inside a specially made kiln. The extreme density and heat causes vitrification and is why porcelain is very resistant to water and other contaminants.
Glazed tiles undergo an additional process to the above manufacturing of porcelain tile. Glazed tiles have an additional layer of liquid glass that is between 5-7 microns thick added to the surface of the porcelain tile.
Glazed tile tend to be thinner and less dense than unglazed porcelain tile. A glazed porcelain tile’s durability if affected by the quality of its glaze. A lighter glaze is fired at higher temperatures which causes it to be denser than a darker glaze.
The additional layer of glass on glazed tiles makes glazed porcelain tile one of the most moisture resistant products. Generally glazed porcelain tile will have a porosity of less than 0.5%.
Unglazed porcelain tile tends to have an unfinished surface. The raw surface assist unglazed porcelain tile to be more slip resistant. Unglazed porcelain tiles, also known as fully vitrified tiles have the colour of the tile running through the entire body. This means that chips in the tile will remain hardly noticeable due to the same colour biscuit or body as the surface of the tile.
You cannot seal a glazed porcelain tile. The low porosity and resistance to moisture causes most sealants to wear off over time or not stick at all. Only few high quality sealants can work on unglazed porcelain due to its already high moisture resistant characteristics. You can choose to seal an unglazed porcelain tile but it is not necessary as it already has very similar properties to glazed porcelain.
Should you choose glazed porcelain tile or unglazed porcelain tile?
First of all, unglazed porcelain tile is very rare and tends to be more expensive than glazed porcelain due to the higher density and colouring utilized in the manufacturing process. However unglazed porcelain will be more durable.
The choice between glazed and unglazed will depend on the application. Most commercial applications with high or heavy foot traffic may opt for unglazed porcelain. However both types are suitable for all applications and because of glazed porcelain tile’s availability, range of patterns and cheaper price range, it is more often the more popular choice.
Nerang Tiles has a range of glazed and unglazed porcelain and ceramic floor tiles and wall tiles on display at its multi award winning Gold Coast tile showroom. Visit in store to see the full range of porcelain tiles and take advantage of our expert design team with extensive tile knowledge.