Tiles are versatile and fantastic for multiple purposes whether you are building a new house or doing renovations in Brisbane, Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast. At Tiles On Sale you can find quality tiles at discount prices and you can enquiry our professional tiles specialist and colour consultant to help you make better choices.
When choosing the right tiles for you, looking at the country of origin is just as important as the price tag. Tiles from Italy and Spain are generally more expensive because they are manufactured and controlled to attain higher specifications e.g. higher density, more durable and resistant to saltwater, certain chemicals, oil absorption etc. These higher specifications and qualities are fantastic if you are looking for longer lasting tiles for specific environments.
Historically, Italian tiles manufacturers are more well known for making quality floor tiles and the Spanish tiles manufacturers makes quality wall tiles due to their cultural lineage and geographic location. Spanish wall tiles range from bright colourful combination to patterns with traditional to modern designs. You can find many beautiful Spanish mosaic in Tiles On Sale’s feature tiles section.
Commonly misunderstood by people, tiles from Asian countries such as China, Taiwan, Malaysia are not “bad” or necessarily of a lower quality. In a nutshell, you get what you pay for and if you select the right tiles for the right job; you can achieve pretty amazing reno results even on a budget. Tile manufacturers in Asian countries tend to focus more on speedy mass production of tiles. They usually target the lower cost and budget tiles market. Hence, in comparison to the more expensive European tiles, the pricing reflects in the quality and durability of the Asian tiles.
However, if you are renovating an investment house for example, you should be working on a specific budget. The most important thing is to “get the job done” so the property can be rented out so if you can save money on your renovation you would increase your profit margin / recovery. In such scenarios, tiles from Asian origins would be a great choice because it gets the job done usually at a reasonably lower price.
As a smart consumer you just have to make sure you choose tiles from a more reputable Asian manufacturer. And at OzTop and Tiles On Sale we only import from Asian tiles manufacturers that have good clean track records in both the quality and delivery of their products. We aim to provide the most value for money options for our customers. Hence, shopping with OzTop and Tiles On Sale will save you the hassle of finding tiles from a reliable source, time and money so you can focus on what’s important to you whether in doing reno or building a new home.
Different type of tiles are designed to serve different application. For example, floor tiles may be used on the wall but not vice versa because wall tiles are usually more fragile and can have a more shining surface compare to the floor tiles (easier to scratch). Here at Tiles On Sale you will find 3 categories of tiles: ceramic, feature and porcelain; for either wall or floor.Ceramic Tiles
Ceramic tiles are made from clay mixtures baked at a lower temperature and are commonly used for both floor and wall applications. Compare to porcelain tiles, they are more cost effective and easier to cut which makes them popular for DIY and home renovators. Ceramic tiles are also easy to clean and maintain. You can choose between a gloss or matt glaze finish depending on your need.Glazed tiles
Feature tiles include border tiles, decorative tiles and mosaics. They are excellent for giving you customisation options to bring out the uniqueness of a room or a living space you are renovating. Feature tiles can be made from different materials such as ceramic, glass, porcelain or stone which may require different adhesive and method to properly lay the feature tiles.Feature Tiles
Feature tiles include border tiles, decorative tiles and mosaics. They are excellent for giving you customisation options to bring out the uniqueness of a room or a living space you are renovating. Feature tiles can be made from different materials such as ceramic, glass, porcelain or stone which may require different adhesive and method to properly lay the feature tiles.Porcelain Tiles
Porcelain tiles are made structurally denser (heavier) and less porous than other tiles which makes them ideal to be used in the outdoor or wet areas and heavy duty places where there is heavy weight traffic e.g. driveway. Porcelain tiles are sometimes referred to as vitrified tiles. Porcelain tiles can also have homogenous property which means the tile is exactly the same materially on the top (what you see) as well as throughout the entire thickness of the tile (what you don’t see unless you chip it).Rectified Tiles
When you are selecting tiles, you may come across the term “rectified”. Rectified tiles are tiles that have been machine-cut to exact dimensions with straight edges. It usually requires more precision and time when laying the porcelain tiles because the tiling surface needs to be very flat or else the unevenness of the finished surfaces will be very obvious.
Ceramic and porcelain tiles can last and remain looking great for a long time if you look after them well. Tiles generally require very little aftercare cleaning or maintenance; regularly cleaning by vacuuming, dusting and mopping using non-acidic cleaning fluid and water is ideal.