All About Tiles
Tile Shades & Batches
Just as with many other materials, such as fabrics, tiles are made in production batches and shades can vary between those batches.
It's important to understand shades and batches before undertaking a renovation or tiling project - here's our expert advice.
Kyal & Kara discuss naturally occurring tile shades and our supplier's strict colour guidelines during manufacturing, reminding us why it's important to purchase your tiles from the same production batch.
Our Hot Tip: DO NOT mix batches and be sure to check your tiles as soon as they're delivered to ensure you're happy with the shade and you'll love your new tiled project.
Kyal & Kara give us the low-down on colour variation and why it's important to purchase your tiles from the same production batch.
Our Hot Tip: Order spares to accommodate for cuts and breakages during installation and for the future so you can rest assured that your tiles are from the same batch and will match!
Tiles are produced in batches with natural components and as natural products vary slightly, so can batches of tiles.
With expert colour control measures practised by all our suppliers they, of course, do their best to ensure all tiles are within a small colour variation range, however, a slight variation in the colour shade between batches is quite normal. Tiles produced within the same batch or production run though will have a shade that's pretty much spot on.
What this means is that if you buy your tiles within the same production run or batch, you don't need to worry about shade changes (unless of course, your tile has a high variation). If you're thinking of extending your tiling in the future or you've read our handy advice and know that it's smart to keep some spares in the garage, you'll need to ensure all of your tiles are from the same batch to avoid mixing batches and shades.
Hence our golden rule of tile ordering: always order 10% spares (or more if you're anticipating future extensions) to ensure you have matching tiles.
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Our Hot Tip: Before starting to set out and install, we recommend checking your tiles from different boxes. Ensure that the shade is acceptable and that you have enough to complete the job. If in doubt, we’re here to help, just give us a buzz or drop into your local store.