All About Tiles
Selecting The Right Tiles For Your Space
Not just a pretty picture! There are a few technical considerations when choosing your tiles. In this section, our experts guide you through choosing winning tiles for your area so your space is a practical as it is pretty.
What’s The Difference Between Floor And Wall Tiles?
A floor tile can be used on the floor & wall but a wall tile can only be used on the wall and there are good reasons for that.
Floor tiles are generally denser and are fired at higher temperatures than wall tiles, making them much stronger and therefore, safe to walk on unlike wall tiles.
How to tell if a floor tile will suit your project
All Beaumont floor tiles have wear ratings and indicative slip resistance ratings to help you quickly select suitable floor tiles.
A wear rating (Link to wear rating information) gives you information on what area of your project the floor tile while suit, while the slip rating will give you information on the risk of slipping (link to slip rating information)
Slip ratings range from P0 to P5; the higher the number, the lower the risk of slipping. The rating is given to tiles using a Pendulum Test which measures the friction between a wet tile and a standard shoe.
Tiles with a P0 or P1 slip rating possess a very high slip risk and should not be used in any application requiring slip resistance. A P3 rating is suitable for indoor flooring. Tiles with a P4 or P5 rating have a very low slip risk and are suited for use in outdoor locations.
It should be noted that tiles with a very high slip resistance rating are more suited to outdoor use and may require more effort to keep clean when used in an indoor setting due to the rougher surface.
Floor Tile: Arkitek Grey Lappato
Splashback Wall Tile: City Charcoal Gloss Mosaic
Our Hot Tip: With our live visualiser, you can see your floor tile picks in your own main floor areas! Try it out and start designing here.
When you shop in-store, you'll see our tile tickets (below) that are packed with information so you can decide if the tile is suitable for your project. You'll also notice that our tiles online display this information too with a product PDF available to download (psst, your builders will love these handy PDFs!)
Generally, a standard hallway in a family home would need a tile with a wear rating between 3-5 and a slip resistance between P1-P3. On the other hand, a bathroom floor would need a wear rating between 2-5 and a slip resistance between P2-P3. Of course, ask one of our team members to help and we’ll confirm you are making the right choice.
If we wanted to get technical when selecting a floor tile, it is also important to also look at a few other tile characteristics. In a bathroom, we suggest steering clear of using polished or glossy tiles on the floor. It is also a good idea to look at characteristics such as moisture absorption, abrasion resistance, mechanical breaking strength, stain and chemical resistance on top of slip resistance and wear ratings.
Our Hot Tip: Any tile that is classified as porcelain has low moisture absorption and high strength and the average floor tiles are generally between 9 and 12mm thick.
Here's our handy guide to reading these ratings to help decide if you can choose the tile for your project.
How To Choose Garage & Carport Tiles
Surprising to most people, tiles are one of the most durable, stain-resistant and beautiful flooring options for your driveway and garage!
We suggest porcelain tiles for their hardness and durability. Porcelain has been used for years in professional garages as the flooring of choice. Porcelain tiles will stand up well to abuse, moisture, oils, stains, road salts, and more! Tiles are also very easy to keep clean.
You can inject your character and personality with a funky tile or choose a simple tile for classy sophistication depending on your style plus, you get a floor that is easy to maintain and one that all your neighbours and friends will envy.
What's even better, when you tile your garage, it immediately becomes a second entertaining space that's easy to clean up afterwards - two rooms in one...winning!
Floor Tile: Ottimo Pure White
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