the wall tiles buying guide...
Tiles are loved for their durability and finish. From using glass or ceramic in stone, The bathroom to mosaic in the kitchen, wall tiles enhance the decor and functionality of the space.
All of these materials come in a variety of shapes, designs and colors. So, how do you decide which cut or design is better suited for your kitchen or which one is a good choice for your bathroom ? Confused ? The following guide will answer all your queries.
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Size of wall tiles needed

The size of tiles needed by you depends upon your personal preferences, the area being tiles and the size of the space. Small tiles in a large room are not practical from the point of view of fitting while large tiles in a small space can make it look smaller and darker. Generally, the size of wall tiles varies from 10 cm to 60 cm.

Rectangular, square and mosaic tiles are available in a wide range of sizes.

How many tiles do I need?

To calculate the number of tiles needed, calculate the area of the particular space and add an extra 10 -15 percent to it. This extra helps you to take care of breakages, waste and pattern matching.

Do wall tiles need to be sealed?

Natural stone tiles like marble, granite and others need proper sealing as they have porous surface and thus prone to stains. Sealing is of utmost importance if you are installing the tiles in Kitchen or Bathroom. Please note that sealing of stone tiles is not a onetime affair and it is advisable to repair it every six months.

How should I lay wall tiles?

Though this job is better suited to professionals, you can do it yourself by starting from the bottom to the top. Ensure that you are leaving enough space between the tiles to fill the grout.

There is a great range of options available in wall tiles in terms of designs and properties. Here they go.

  1. Ceramic -

    Made from clay and then heated at high temperatures, ceramic is a widely used tile, loved for its variety.
  2. Porcelain -

    Porcelain is similar to the ceramic but with a better absorption rate. These tiles are preferable for the bathroom area.
  3. Natural Stone -

    Natural stone tile, as the name suggests is made using natural materials that are finished and cut to size. Popular types include granite, marble, limestone, travertine and slate.
  4. Glass -

    Glass tile has the power to bring life in any home with its bold statement. You can find them translucent, opaque, or iridescent with a great range of colors.
  5. Mosaic -

    Small square shaped tiles with an assortment of colors is Mosaic. They are good choices for shower panels and kitchen walls.

To keep the wall tiles in good shape, it is important that you maintain them well. Every type of tile comes with its own maintenance advice (written on the package) and should be followed. However, you can do regular cleaning with a damp cloth or a mild cleaner.