Floor Tiling

 
Floor Tiling

Tiling is a very versatile way of giving a floor a durable surface and a uniquely personal touch.
Not only due to a huge variety of available colours, textures and tile sizes, but especially by the creativity of the person installing them, as the possibilities of combination and layout are sheer endless.

With the right tools, tiles can be cut to any size and shape. And alone with that, even with simple inexpensive tiles from the shelf, can be interesting and very unique patterns and decent little details be created . That is what I love most of tiling.

Tiling is an art and can be at times quite daunting. Every type of tile has its own advantage and challenge. Often times it takes time and lots of patient, to get a job done well. Therefore tiling should never be rushed - if one cares. And there is only one chance, and corrections nearly impossible the moment a tile is not within reach anymore.

But the results are worth all efforts !

One hesitation that many people have regarding tiling floors - esp. here in the northern climates - is that tiles can be cold on the bare feet. This is especially an issue in bathrooms - just there were tiled floors make most sense due to the moisture and potential water spills, as well as from the hygienic aspect around toilets.

The solution are subfloor heating systems. The simplest way is an electric mat or wire system, installed in the thinset under the tiles. With a programmable thermostat, every comfort level at any time can be accomplished - or reduced for saving energy. The energy is used highly efficiently - not just for warming floors, but the whole room. Since warm air rises, the best way to make a room comfortable is to start with the lowest layer - the floor. And furthermore convection warmth defusing out of a greater thermal mass is much more comfortable as radiant heat from a single direction, or even worse, a  flow of warm air.

Another very important advantage in wet rooms, is that moisture and water spills dry fast, thus greatly reducing the potential of mold development. This alone can easily justify the initial installation costs (which for a smaller bathroom are not even that much!).



   
Another
choice
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Another
choice
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Another great application for tiles
is around 
Stoves and Fireplaces !

This can be the base the stove sits on, but also as a heat shield on the adjoining walls.

Tiles are naturally fire proof, easy to keep clean,
and of course beautiful. Also to consider, they are poor heat conductors, but also additional thermal mass, that once warmed up, radiates warmth back in the room. Definately a better choice than sheet metal.