Wet areas pose special challenges for surfaces, including ceilings, floors and walls. You'll need to consider how much water will be around. And whether it's salty, has chemicals or colours in it. Also water vapour in the air. You can use tiles in wet areas, although some types will require proper sealing. Moreover this needs doing regularly. Some types of tiles are not suited to wet areas at all. Call our flooring Sydney on 02-9098-6920 for advice.
Toilet floors in particular, and the area of wall immediately surrounding the toilet, require thoughtful Flooring.
The bathroom and shower floors, walls, and the splashable areas around hand basins, bath and toilet can get very wet.
Residential kitchens may require tiles mostly around the sink and stove top. However tiles can also make a good, easy-clean floor. Commercial kitchens may have a greater load of water as well as heavy traffic than in homes.
Generally the laundry has only a limited wet area, at the back of the trough. Tile this area to protect the wall. Or you can cover a rough brick, cement or stone wall with smooth tiles for easy cleaning. Commercial laundries might have more water and traffic on the floor, so consider types of tiles here too.
Laboratories are often places where water and chemicals splash onto walls, benches and floors. You can use a planned combination of tiles, timber and cement to fit out your laboratory surfaces. Good planning is necessary because you need non-slip, hardwearing surfaces that resist chemicals, stains and bacteria buildup.
Industrial buildings often house activities that involve using water and chemicals. Therefore the needs can be similar to laboratories. There may be situations where rubber tiles are ideal.
High traffic areas
Decks and patios
Decks and patios are transition zones between outdoors and indoors. They can be tiled to extend your interior design theme. You will need to consider slipperiness and water pooling in wet weather for your choice of surfaces. Also exposure to strong UV from the sun could be a factor. Furthermore if you have furniture and potted plants, they can increase the wear on floors. Therefore cement or stone tiles might be most suitable. Walls have less of these restraints and can therefore be more decorative features of the space.
Entrances and halls
Although not wet, entrances and halls are exposed to a great deal of wear as people step in from outside. Stones on shoes, points of umbrellas, wheels of suitcases, etc, can all scratch the floor Tiles are an excellent choice in these situations.
You usually want your offices to be stylish and comfortable for both staff and visitors. Many of the types of stone tiles will give you the look and feel that you are after. Additionally you might want your floors to be low-maintenance and easily cleaned while looking great. Tiles can fit these requirements too.
Commercial kitchens and showrooms also come under high traffic areas.
Dry areas give you freedom to use any kind of tiles without concern for water absorption. Here you can use unglazed tiles like terra cotta, or glazed ceramics, or natural stones such as travertine limestone. However you might find cleaning easier if the tiles are sealed. Our flooring Sydney can advise you.
People don't usually think of tiles in bedrooms. However mirror or glass tiles can lighten up the space. A stone-tiled feature wall of art can be a stunning addition. Furthermore tiled floors, with a big centre rug, can be beautiful. They can also minimize allergenic dust as well as looking good.
Lounge rooms & living rooms
Your communal living areas can be dressed up by tiles similarly to bedrooms. You may also have fish tanks, display shelves, steps between levels, etc, that can be highlighted by the right types of tiles.
Offices & studies
Office and study floors can be a challenge with spills, staples and bits of paper stuck in carpet or between wooden floorboards. However easy-clean tiles address this. Tiles also support workers who suffer from allergies, in which case you can replace carpets. Thus your office has less dust. Tiles are also durable and low maintenance, great for your business.
Attics & other rooms
Rooms that are perhaps not used as often can be less dusty with tiles. Tiles also discourage mites, fungi and bacteria. The right tiles can withstand storage trunks and furniture being dragged across them.
Mirror or glass tiles come into their own in showrooms because of the increased light and sense of spaciousness. Most people relax and enjoy doing business better in such surroundings. Furthermore, the broad, hardwearing floors of showrooms benefit from timber parquetry, stone or cement tiles.
It's not often that you want to tile a ceiling in a residential home. Some people like mirror tiles above them to lighten up a room. However large expanses of ceiling such as in business and industrial places can have certain types of tiles on the ceiling.
Walls in wet areas and dry areas need different consideration. In dry areas you have the most freedom to be decorative without concern for maintenance of the surfaces. Beautiful walls can be achieved with combinations of paints, rendering, tiles and other stonework or timber.
Usually, people view floors as a serene, supportive background to your interior expressions. Or they choose them to suit the function they serve, like a wet area. Also for the pressures they will be subjected to. Alternately you can use floors as your 'canvas' to let your aesthetic sense and artistry run wild. You might have a mosaic in mind, or a grand logo for your business. Tiles can deliver, whatever your design. Tiles can let you express classic, elegant, crazy stone, cobblestone, mosaic, geometric, ultra contemporary, neutral, easy-clean and much more.
Tiles can be safe on steps, and provide a durable, attractive option. It is important to seek out types of tiles that include bullnose tiles. These are the rounded edging tiles - you might be familiar with them on the sides of swimming pools. The alternate is the edges of the steps can be capped with a metal edge that protects both the tile ends and people walking on the steps.
Ornamental wall strips, eg kitchen, bathroom
Are you looking for flooring Sydney who can advise you about decorative tile strips, either vertical or horizontal? You can add a finishing touch to a plain painted or tiled wall particularly in kitchens and bathrooms. Some people like a crazy stone strip of mortared stone for example. Decorative strips can be narrow or broad. You can also have continuous strips or individual tiles placed in a row or other pattern. Small tile strips come with backing to keep them neat.
You can apply beautiful tiles to your feature wall. They can be the entire wall or just decorative parts of it. Also use mirror or glass tiles in a cramped or dark room. These tiles reflect more light, and give an increased sense of space. The various types of metal, glass and stone tiles especially lend themselves to feature walls. Therefore you have a wide range of options. Your flooring Sydney are our Flooring team, here to help you.
Hearths & fireplaces
If you have a fire indoors, there are special kinds of wear to the surrounding walls and floors. This includes heat, scratching by implements, staining by charcoal and other challenges. Tiles that are eminently suited to the floor area of the hearth and surrounds are slate, granite, marble, the other stones or cement. For the walls above and around the mantelpiece, our flooring Sydney can match the hearth floor, or you may prefer to be decorative and use ceramic, mirror, glass, or porcelain tiles.
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