Although we’re still experiencing some beautiful warm weather at the moment in the UK, it won’t be long until all the leaves begin to change colour and a chill starts to permeate the air! We think that there’s no better time than now to start thinking about preparing your home for the upcoming winter season.
One essential aspect of a cosy home in winter is ensuring your living spaces are well-equipped to handle the colder temperatures. Join us as we explore two crucial aspects of winter home preparation: underfloor heating and tiling a fireplace.
When it comes to avoiding a cold household, underfloor heating stands out as an efficient and luxurious heating solution! This innovative heating method involves installing heating cables, beneath suitable tile flooring, to radiate heat upwards, creating an even and comfortable warmth throughout the room.
Benefits of Underfloor Heating
Efficient Heat Distribution
Unlike traditional radiators that heat the air from a single point in the room, underfloor heating cables cover the entire floor area and therefore ensure even heat distribution. Underfloor heating also eliminates cold spots and drafts, creating a more comfortable living space.
Cost & Energy Efficiency
As we’re all currently going through a cost-of-living-crisis, saving money has become hugely important to many individuals across the country. Whereas radiators can be a costly expense, underfloor heating systems can be more energy-efficient than traditional heating methods. This is because underfloor heating systems operate at much lower temperatures, which can lead to reduced energy consumption and lower heating bills – allowing you to remain cosy and warm whilst saving your money! It’s a win win.
With underfloor heating being installed discreetly below the flooring, you can say goodbye to bulky radiators or heating vents that may disrupt your interior design. Underfloor heating system remains hidden under style floor tiles, allowing you the freedom to arrange furniture and decor as you please. We have a wide selection of floor tiles both online and in our Weymouth showroom. If you are looking for a few product suggestions to best complement your home, we recommend that you book a no obligation FREE appointment with our brilliant design team.
The fireplace has long been a symbol of comfort and warmth during the colder months – what’s better than sitting by the fireplace wrapped in a blanket with a hot drink? Traditionally, most people don’t think twice about the fireplace in their home as being anything more than simply functional- however, tiling your fireplace can take its appeal to the next level!
Tiling your fireplace can transform it from a mere functional element to a stunning focal point. We supply a wide range of fantastic fireplace tiles that will complement your interior decor to create a cohesive and stylish look. From classic subway tiles to intricate mosaic patterns, the variety of tiles available at the New Image tile showroom in Weymouth allows you to customise the fireplace to your preferred interior style.
Our range of fireplace tiles will protect the area around the fireplace from heat damage, preventing any burns or scorch marks from ruining your home’s look. Regardless of the composition of the chosen fireplace tile (ceramic, porcelain, or natural stone), our fireplace tiles have been specially designed to withstand high temperatures, making them a safe and practical choice.
As winter approaches, investing in underfloor heating and tiling your fireplace can make a world of difference in creating a warm and inviting home. These upgrades not only enhance the comfort of your living spaces but also add aesthetic value that lasts year-round. So, get ready to embrace the upcoming winter month by turning your home into a cosy dream that you’ll never want to leave.
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Wood effect tiles are a fantastic alternative to traditional wooden flooring. The engineered wood tiles we supply provide all the beauty and warmth of natural wood, along with the practicality and durability of porcelain tiles. Wood effect tiles work in a multitude of spaces to transform your home in places where you would traditionally expect hardwood flooring. Below we explain the various uses and advantages of using wood effect tiles instead of traditional hardwood flooring.
Hardwood flooring has a timeless appeal and has long been a prominent feature in many classic homes and interiors. However, hardwood flooring has a few limitations, such as which can impact its suitability for interior design projects. For instance, it only comes in limited colour options and is only suitable for strictly dry and well-ventilated environments.
On the other hand, wood effect tiles, or wood-look tiles, offer a highly versatile alternative. These tiles can be used in various room conditions, placements, and layouts, both indoors and outdoors. Wood effect tiles are completely waterproof and lighter in weight compared to traditional wood panels, which makes them suitable for a wide range of applications. Wood effect tiles effortlessly replicate the distinctive appearance of traditional hardwood flooring all while providing buyers with a wider selection of colour and size.
The key features of wood effect tiles make them highly versatile for installation in various spaces. Unlike traditional hardwood panels which are primarily used as flooring, wood effect tiles can be used in kitchens, bathrooms, hallways, exteriors, entranceways, and patios, therefore providing a wide range of design possibilities! This versatility allows for the creation of a natural-looking statement – whether you’re looking to install a cohesive flooring design, or looking to incorporate wood-like elements on your walls, wood effect tiles offer a practical and aesthetically pleasing solution!
Wood effect tiles offer a practical and aesthetic solution that combines the appeal of wood alongside the advantages of tiles. Their versatile, waterproof properties, and wider colour selection make them a desirable option for both interior and exterior spaces. By opting for wood effect tiles instead of hardwood flooring, you can overcome the limitations of hardwood.
Hardwood flooring is prone to scratches and moisture damage when installed inside the homes. This means it requires regular polishing, sanding and treatment to keep it looking its best. Wood effect tiling does not require costly and time consuming maintenance. It only requires a quick clean and hoover to keep it in tip top condition. When used outside, wooden panelling will become sun-bleached, expand, freeze, or in the worst-case scenario will rot. Therefore, we highly recommend using wood effect tiles to ensure that your garden space continues to look fantastic for years to come.
Naturally, porcelain tiles are extremely hard-wearing and are the preferred choice for many homeowners when renovating their interior or exterior spaces. Our range of wood effect tiles are made from the highest quality porcelain available in Europe and are best known for their longevity and durability.
Cost is an important consideration when renovating your home especially if you’re tackling more than one room at once. In most cases, wood effect tiles are far more affordable than hardwood flooring. The initial outlay is usually lower and you won’t need to budget for ongoing maintenance and costly repairs, so investing in wood effect flooring will save you money for years to come.
When it comes to choosing materials for the home, many buyers are looking to purchase an environmentally friendly alternative to better look after the planet. Where hardwood flooring is derived from natural resources, such as pine or oak, wood effect tiles are a far more sustainable substitute. To limit deforestation and the destruction of habitats worldwide, we highly recommend considering wood effect tiles as an alternative – they are made from porcelain which is abundant material.
We all are growing rapidly more aware that natural resources, such as trees, are very much a limited resource and are a vital part of the planet’s ecosystem that we cannot replace. As we mentioned previously, porcelain wood effect tiles have a much greater life span when compared to hardwood flooring, meaning that you can reduce your environmental footprint – without having to sacrifice the beauty of using wood in your home!
Experts in Design
Whilst hardwood flooring will continue to be a beautiful flooring option, it is important to consider the practical, financial and environmental downsides before you purchase. If you are looking to gain additional assistance when choosing the perfect tile for your home, we highly recommend scheduling a consultation with our in-house design experts.
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Creating a dynamic porch or entranceway way using exterior tiles can add a unique charm to your property. Below we have listed our top tips on how to create a dynamic entrance using exterior tiles.
Choosing the right tiles
When choosing exterior tiles to create a dynamic entranceway for your property, it is important to select the right tiles to ensure your entranceway will continue to look fantastic for years to come. We supply a wide range of porcelain exterior tiles at New Image. They are made to the highest standard to suit harsh temperatures and changing weather conditions. Our selection of exterior porcelain tiles are slip-resistant, waterproof, and extremely durable – meaning that they won’t crack, wear away or freeze. Our exterior tiles will help you create a dynamic looking entranceway that will last throughout the years.
Play with colour
We recommend experimenting with colour when revamping your entranceway using exterior tiles. Coloured exterior tiles can drastically enhance the signature look of your home, whilst simultaneously making it stand out from its surroundings. First of all, it’s important to consider the architectural style, colours and materials present in the property when selecting a tile colour. For example, if your home is a relatively modern build, we highly suggest using statement colours, such as black or white, to further embellish the contemporary exterior of the building. Alternatively, if your home is a traditional thatched cottage, or townhouse, surrounded by foliage and flowers, we recommend choosing exterior tiles to reflect the classic aesthetic, such as brown or green.
Bold or patterned exterior tiles can create a visually exciting entranceway. If you’re looking to create a one-of-a-kind entranceway using exterior tiles, we highly recommend using our fantastic range of Victorian Tiles. Available in a diverse range of classic patterns and colours, Victorian Tiles can add a touch of traditional elegance and sophistication to your entranceway. These exterior tiles can be laid out in a wide variety of patterns, to create a unique entranceway to welcome you into your home. Contrasting colours can create a highly effective and visually striking effect, for example, darker exterior tiles pair beautifully with a light grout.
Play with texture
We do not recommend using wood or natural stone panels if you’re entrance way is exposed to the elements. However, if you love the look of these materials, we suggest using our range of wood and stone-effect porcelain exterior tiles. Textured tiles and effect tiles (such as wood effect, or stone effect) are an excellent way to create a rustic or timeless-looking porch or entranceway without the danger of eventual damage to the tiles.
If you’re looking to use exterior tiles to create a natural-looking entranceway, we recommend using our stone-effect tiles with a beige, or brown grouting to mirror the colours within the tile. These stone-effect tiles work incredibly well with a variety of property styles, from modern builds to townhouses, depending on how they are placed and styled.
All our porcelain exterior tiles can be cut to best suit the needs of your project. With that in mind, we highly recommend using exterior tiles to highlight certain features of your entranceway, such as a doorway, stairs, steps, or gates. Using exterior tiles to create an accent is a fantastic way to incorporate your individual personality and design aesthetics into your exterior space – and there truly is no limit to your creative capabilities when using exterior tiles as accents! For example, if you decide to mix and match exterior tiles in various sizes and/or styles, you can create mosaic borders.
If you need help creating designs using exterior tiles or selecting the perfect exterior tile for your entranceway renovation, why not speak to an expert? Our in-house professional design experts will gladly help you create a custom design to best suit your requirements and individual tastes. To talk to one of our knowledgeable designers, you can either book an appointment online or simply visit our Weymouth store for more information.
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As the summer months are rapidly approaching and the days are getting longer and warmer, there is no better time to get your garden ready for summer. An excellent way to give your garden a new lease of life is by using outdoor tiles to refresh your outdoor space. Our range of exterior tiles at New Image Tiles are extremely durable and can be used to revamp and repave a wide range of outdoor spaces. Below, we have listed several ways in which outdoor tiles can help you transform your garden.
Outdoor Porcelain Tiles
When either building or refurbishing your patio, walkways or adding features to your garden, we highly recommend using exterior porcelain tiles over traditional wood or stone paving. Where wood panels or stone paving inevitably cracks or, in a worst-case scenario, rots – our range of outdoor porcelain tiles at New Image Tiles are highly durable to general wear and will never crack or freeze in extreme weather conditions. Therefore, porcelain outdoor tiles are far more cost-effective when compared to traditional outdoor panels, and will ensure that your garden continues to look immaculate for many years to come.
Patios and Walkways
If you are looking to create a timeless-looking patio, we recommend large-format outdoor porcelain tiles in your chosen colour which will work cohesively with your property and surroundings. For example, tiles which are silver, grey, beige, or white work pair excellently with properties with feature glass windows, such as conservatories, or those that have red brick, or wood-panelled exteriors.
Further garden enhancements using tiles
Another fantastic way in which outdoor tiles can enhance your garden is by creating a patio with steps which create different levels. Garden solar lights are an excellent way to elevate your garden further, this can be done by installing ‘step lights’ beneath these patio steps or along your porcelain tiles which can light up your walkways. We believe that garden lights are a must-buy for those wishing to spend time in their garden after sundown. Not only are these lights a safety precaution, but they also reflect light against smooth porcelain outdoor tiles and create a beautiful warm glow for you to enjoy on summer evenings.
Flowerbeds and Water Features
Outdoor tiles can also be used to create show-stopping feature pieces in your garden. This can be done by reinforcing certain landforms, such as flower beds or water features, with a border of smaller or cut tiles (as shown left). This makes your garden look incredibly organised and is guaranteed to wow your guests during a garden party this summer.
Porches and Entrance Ways
A beautifully kept porch or entranceway is the perfect way to make a great impression to guests. One way of creating a cohesive and voguish outdoor space is by using outdoor tiles to pave your front garden and the entrance to your home.
We highly recommend using our excellent range of Victorian tiles, which are available in-store at our showroom in Weymouth, to pave your front outdoor space. Victorian Tiles come in a wide range of traditional and authentic styles. These can be arranged in a variety of ways to create your own bespoke pattern design.
If you require any assistance creating a bespoke outdoor space using tiles, then consider booking an appointment with one of our experienced designers in-store in our Weymouth showroom. Design consultations are completely free, meaning that you can effortlessly gain expert advice without any added hassle or further commitment.
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Are you looking to renovate your property in 2023, but don’t know where to start? At New Image Tiles, we have a variety of tiles to suit any kitchen or bathroom. Join us as we look at our top ten predictions for 2023 tile trends.
Dreaming of a bohemian kitchen or bathroom? Why not consider our beautiful range of patterned Victorian Tiles. Romantic and unique, there’s no limit to laying possibilities with these traditional designs. These tiles work alongside vintage and upcycled furniture pieces and will add a bohemian touch to any period home.
Speak to a member of our friendly team at our showroom in Weymouth and arrange a free design consultation today.
Bringing natural tiling elements into the home can help create a sense of warmth and relaxation. Welcoming and rustic, we believe these styles will suit those who love wooden furniture and Scandinavian architecture.
With its popularity growing on TikTok, pastel tiles have been taking over bathroom trends by storm and easy to see why. Calming and easily pairable with any white fittings, pastel tiles can creare a delicate feature in any bright bathroom or kitchen.
Choose from a variety of colours including – blue, green, rose, teal, and much more available on our website.
Brick Effect Tiles
Brick effect tiles are a staple design choice. These designs, such as the Classic Travertine Brick Effect Tile, are incredibly versatile tiles and can be used in any interior style. Pair with classic silver fittings and wooden counters for traditional kitchens and bathrooms with a country house look. It is important to note that natural stone tiles will always have slight variations including colour, texture, and sheen. Here at New Image Tiles we have a variety of natural stone types available including Marble, Granite, Limestone, Travertine and Slate.
If lighter colours don’t really coincide with your kitchen or bathroom interior dreams, perhaps consider a darker look. We love creating custom pieces for clients – and we’re no strangers to alternative kitchen and bathroom interiors either! Our client’s Metallic Bronze Bathroom brilliantly combines feature lights and dark tiles to create a sophisticated bathroom space. For edgy tile features, we recommend Tattoo Black Marble Effect Bricks for walls, floors or showers.
Here at New Image Tiles, we believe that dark interior designs aren’t limited to bathrooms either. We have also had the pleasure of designing a Ferro Oxidised Copper and Rusted Iron Kitchen for our long-standing clients in Weymouth.
Following on from our love of brick tiles, marble is a sophisticated tile for any space. we have a multitude of marble tiles and porcelain marble effect tiles available. Fox Aesthetics in Weymouth recently selected our tiles for their new business. We believe that the off-white stone, flecked with natural beige tones, works beautifully with the white and golden features in the clinic.
All of our tiles here at New Image Tiles are extremely versatile to suit any project or build. If you have a business project that you’re working on, book an appointment with us to speak to an expert.
Once a stylish choice of the past, Checkboard Tiles are certainly making a comeback as a trendy tile choice in 2023. Checkboard tiles can easily elevate any space, whether it be a traditional bathroom or a hallway. Some of our favourite checkerboard designs are our Cambridge and Dorchester patterned tiles. Discover our checkboard tiles exclusively in our showroom in Weymouth.
Large Format Tiles
We’ve recently seen a growing demand for large format tiles, which work brilliantly on walls as well as floors. These tiles can create a modern, lux, look to your kitchen or bathroom. Wondering how you can use large tiles in your home? Come pay us a visit to our showroom in Weymouth. We’ve recently completed a new display featuring large format tiles, paired with brushed brass bathroom fittings.
Will you be trying out any of these tile trends in your home? These are simply a few of our favourite tile trends, however, we have hundreds more styles and designs of tile available in our tiles, kitchen and bathroom showroom in Weymouth. Come in for a chat with one of our friendly members of staff for more advice on all your tiling needs.
We hope to see you soon.
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Lots of you have been asking us lately which tiles are best for your hallway floor, with that in mind, here are our top 5 picks for Hallway Tiles.
Victorian Floor Tiles
Victorian Floor Tiles have been a firm favourite for hallway floors and porches for decades due to their traditional style and are the perfect choice for period properties.
More recently, however, new colours and decors have been added to the collection, such as Carnation Pink, Spring Green and Pugin Blue, meaning it is now possible to create more contemporary designs.
Many British homes built from 1860 may have had a tiled front path or hallway using this tile style. It’s possible to restore, repair or replicate these areas using these geometric floor tiles.
These vitrified unglazed tiles are hardwearing, long-lasting and most of all, are simply beautiful.
Parquet Effect Porcelain
Parquet flooring has been in the spotlight lately, being heavily featured in many home and lifestyle magazines, along with social media platforms such as Pinterest and Instagram.
The small format allows these wood effect tiles to be laid in multiple formats, such as the popular herringbone or chevron pattern. We have 3 colours available, a traditional dark walnut, a natural oak, and grey ash. Unlike real wood flooring, this porcelain alternative will not bow or discolour from sunlight and is suitable for all forms of underfloor heating. The glazed porcelain ensures durability, and the ridged texture provides a grip underfoot to reduce the chances of slipping.
All ideal features for high traffic areas such as hallways.
Acropolis Patterned Tiles
Our stocked range of decorative, patterned tiles offers an affordable, easily fit solution for hallway and porch floors. Acropolis features a slightly textured slip-resistant surface but is still smooth enough to be able to wipe clean.
There are several lovely patterns and colours in this range, from Blue to Burgundy and the ever-popular monochrome.
These tiles are only £25.99 per square metre, so if you love the look of Victorian floor tiles but don’t like the price tag, Acropolis is the range for you.
Terrazzo was created, primarily by accident, many years ago when artists and architects produced a considerable amount of waste in the form of scrap chips when creating their stained glass or sculptures. It was noticed that walking over those marble, glass, and other waste chips pushed them into workshop floors.
Italians learned to create Terrazzo by scattering the waste chips onto clay bases, compressing them, and polishing them for a more uniform look.
For many years, we have mostly seen Terrazzo laid in extremely high traffic areas such as shopping malls and other commercial spaces.
Today, however, Terrazzo has been reinvented in a porcelain tile form and is highly desirable for our homes.
The small 20x20cm format is an ideal solution for hallways and porches.
If you would like more information on any of our ranges, please get in touch.
If you’ve been scouring Pinterest looking for design inspiration for your kitchen or bathroom project, you will have undoubtedly come across Terrazzo tiles. Terrazzo tiles have soared in popularity over the past year and we expect the trend to continue throughout 2021 and beyond.
Terrazzo Tiles have featured in numerous design magazines and are fast becoming a must have in any home. They’re incredibly versatile and can be incorporated into traditional home decor as well as modern interior design.
What Are Terrazzo Tiles?
Terrazzo Tiles date back hundreds of years and were popular in the Mediterranean. They were first created in Italy as an innovative way to use up stone offcuts and were originally made from concrete speckled with pottery, marble, metal and glass.
Today, Terrazzo effect tiles are made from a number of materials, including porcelain and resin. Terrazzo effect tiles are a great way to add interest to your wall or floor and make an eye-catching feature in any room.
Why Should I Choose Terrazzo Effect Tiles?
Terrazzo Effect tiles are made from porcelain and are a more hardwearing than the traditional concrete Terrazzo. They are easy to keep clean and require little ongoing maintenance. Porcelain Terrazzo tiles are resistant to water making them the perfect choice for bathrooms and wet rooms. Porcelain is difficult to scratch or stain, which is great for families with young children. Terrazzo effect tiles are also cheaper than traditional tiles.
How Can I style Terrazzo Tiles?
There are many ways to style Terrazzo Tiles within the family home. Using Terazzo tiles is a great way to introduce colour into an otherwise neutral room, without dominating the space.
For a bold look you can tile a whole wall with a single Terrazzo colour. For a more subtle finish consider using them a little more sparingly and tiling midway up the wall.
We think Terrazzo tiles look great in small areas, such as a kitchen splashback or surrounding a bathtub. We also like the effect created when they’re paired with plain metro tiles in a complimentary colour.
Nero is a dark colour with white and grey marble fragments and looks great alongside matt black or brushed brass fittings for an industrial look. Natural is a soft cream colour and is the perfect choice if you’re trying to maximise the feeling of space in a small rooms. We also have a soft blue grey colour that features black and brown flakes. This compliments a range of materials including natural wood and stone.
It’s not difficult to see why Terazzo tiles are becoming one of the fastest growing trends in interior design. Arrange an a virtual appointment with one of our experienced design team to find out how you can introduce these Italian style wall and floor tiles into your bathroom, kitchen or hallway this year.
2021 is set to be a big year for home renovation. After months of spending time indoors, many people have grown tired of their existing interior and are looking to give their home a new lease of life. Updating your floor or wall tiles is an excellent way to revamp your kitchen, bathroom, living room or hallway. Here we take inspiration from some of the 2021 tile trends that are expected to be big in the new year.
Wood effect tiles
Wooden floors are incredibly trendy and look great in any home, but engineered wood is expensive and needs regular maintenance to keep it looking fresh. Wood effect tiles are a great alternative that not only look realistic, but are durable and require minimal upkeep. They’re also cheaper than the real thing when you factor in the ongoing costs.
Whilst wood effect tiles have been popular for some time now, we’re seeing more and more people choose to lay tiles in a parquet style to create a rustic or vintage look. In 2021 we expect this trend to become even more popular than it is already, as well as an increase in the number of people choosing to use wood effect tiles to create striking features walls.
For the past few years we’ve seen people gravitate to neutral colours and this trend is set to continue into 2021. However, we do anticipate an increase in bold colour combinations, with people choosing to mix grey or white tiles, with a statement paint colour such as navy blue and even black on the walls.
Earthy tones are also expected to make an appearance in 2021. Muted greens, rust and bronze will all be popular, helping create a rustic finish in period style homes.
Terrazzo tiles are a must have for any modern kitchen or bathroom in 2021. They have grown in popularity thanks to Instagram and Pinterest and are a great way to add interest to any room. Terrazzo tiles have flecks of glass and marble embedded within the tile. This is a fun way to introduce multiple colours into a small space without it over powering the room!
In the bathroom we’re seeing more and more people attempt to replicate a spa within the home environment with natural materials and tranquil colours. With this in mind, we’re anticipating a surge in the popularity of large format tiles, especially those made from natural stone or with a marble effect.
Large format tiles give a luxurious finish and can help make a small room look bigger. They look particularly effective when used on both the walls and floor to give a cohesive look. Walk in shower cubicles also look great in this style.
We have a wide selection of wall and floor tiles available to purchase at our tiles, kitchens and bathrooms showroom in Weymouth, Dorset. Get in touch to book an appointment with one of our friendly sales advisors, who will work with you to select the right tile trends for your revamped space.
Zanzibar tiles are one of our best-selling wall tiles, both in our Weymouth showroom and online. The range is suitable for use in bathrooms and kitchens as well as utility rooms, conservatories and wetrooms.
Rustic kitchen and bathroom wall tiles
These ceramic tiles have a matt finish and wavy edges, creating a rustic appearance, which exudes character and can add interest to any room. They look particularly effective in a country kitchen, when paired with shaker style cabinets, wooden worktops and a Belfast sink. Zanzibar tiles are subtle and unobtrusive, so they will tie in well with the rest of your home decor.
Neutral colour palette
The Zanzibar tiles are available to purchase in a variety of neutral colours, including beige, bianco, cotto, noce, ocre and salvia. These warm and earthy tones compliment a range of interior design styles and look great in period homes. They can also add a unique twist to modern houses, when paired alongside contemporary furnishings.
If you prefer a bolder colour palette, the Zanzibar verde is also a popular shade. The forest green adds depth and shade, without dominating the space. Each tile has slight colour and pattern variation, which imitates the finish of a natural stone tile.
Play with patterns
Depending on the look you are hoping to achieve you can select one colour or purchase a mix of tones and shades. Previous customers have created striking feature walls or splash backs using alternating colours. Others have had their Zanzibar tiles fitted in a random pattern, which looks equally effectives and adds an element of playfulness to the room.
Practical and hardwearing
Zanzibar tiles are a practical without compromising on style. They are resistant to strong cleaning fluids, which means they’re easy to keep clean and the perfect choice for kitchens where spillages often occur. They are hardwearing, resistant to moisture and non-porous, making them difficult to stain. Simply wipe clean with a damp cloth.
Zanzibar tiles are a small format and measure 100mm x 100mm in size. They are available to buy individually or in a box of 100.
Please get in touch to speak to one of our design consultants for more information on Zanzibar tiles.
As the warmer weather approaches, we know that many of our customers will be embarking on a spot of spring cleaning. Whether you’re tackling one room at a time or planning to give the whole house a once over, make sure you give your tiles the care and attention they deserve. Regular cleaning will ensure that your tiles look their best and stand the test of time.
We often speak with customers who are unaware that different tiles require different cleaning fluids. Here we outline the cleaning products, home remedies and tools that you can use to keep your tiles looking sparkling clean.
Porcelain tiles are incredibly hardwearing and largely resistant to stains. However, they do require regular cleaning to ensure they retain their water-resistant properties.
When cleaning porcelain tiles you should avoid corrosive chemicals such as bleach or ammonia, as this can break down the surface layer allowing water to penetrate the tile. It can also affect the surrounding grout, which may cause your tiles to move.
Warm water, a mop or microfibre towel and a bit of elbow grease are usually sufficient to clean porcelain tiles. For stubborn stains you could use a mild general-purpose detergent, diluted with water.
Ceramic tiles, like porcelain tiles, are extremely durable and resistant to moisture. They can be cleaned much in the same way as porcelain tiles, using a diluted all-purpose cleaner and dried with a chammy or clean microfibre cloth. You should never use abrasive chemicals.
High gloss glazed ceramic tiles can show water marks and finger prints, so you may wish to clean these surfaces more frequently.
Glass tiles are becoming an increasingly popular tile choice, especially in bathrooms and kitchens. This is because they are durable and require minimal upkeep to keep them looking great. For the most part, glass tiles are resistant to staining, bacteria, mildew and mould. However, they can experience some mineral residue and water staining, especially in hard water areas.
To keep your glass tiles looking tip top, we advise using a simple solution that you can easily make at home. For the best results spray equal parts water and white vinegar onto the tiled surface and leave for approximately 10 minutes. Rinse with cold water and dry with a soft cloth in a circular buffing motion. To avoid smearing or the build-up of soap scum, we recommend doing this on a regular basis, at least once or twice a week.
Natural stone tiles
Natural stone such as marble, slate or travertine is a porous material, which easily absorbs grease and dirt. Therefore, we always advise customers to protect stone tiles with a with a quality sealant, which will help keep tiles looking vibrant and in excellent condition.
When cleaning natural stone, you should use specially formulated stone cleaning products, which are gentle and do not damage the protective sealant. It is also important to prevent contact with coarse materials such as a stiff bristle brush or scouring pads, which may scratch the surface of the tile. For troublesome stains, we suggest using a higher concentration of cleaning fluid and leaving it to settle for a short period of time. For best results, ongoing maintenance is essential, to ensure natural stone tiles stay protected against spills and staining.
Many mosaic sheets contain metal tiles, which look bold and eye catching, especially in modern homes. If you choose metallic tiles you should only use a soft cloth or brush when cleaning, because stiff bristles may cause unsightly scratching. Stainless steel cleaner can be used to give an added sheen.
Please note, before cleaning any type of tile, you should ensure crumbs or debris are vacuumed prior to applying cleaning fluid. If trying a new cleaning product for the first time, you should always administer a small amount to an inconspicuous area, to make sure no discolouration occurs.
If you require additional advice on cleaning tiles, please contact one of our friendly team. They will be able to offer helpful guidance on what cleaning products you should use and recommend sealants to ensure the longevity of your tiles.
We’re often asked which tiles are best for making a small room look bigger. Here our design experts offer their top tips for choosing tiles that will help give the impression of increased space.
Many customers shy away from selecting large tiles when carrying out renovations on a small kitchen or bathroom. This is because there is a common misconception that large tiles will dominate the space and make a small room feel even more compact.
On the contrary, large format tiles can help give the impression of increased space by reducing the number of grout lines. Too many grout lines can make a room look cluttered and draw in the eye.
If you’ve set your heart on small format or mosaic style tiles, don’t worry, there are a number of ways to incorporate them into your design project. Why not consider using a variety of tile sizes for different areas of the room? For instance, you could use large tiles on the floor and walls and small tiles in decorative alcoves.
Choosing the right colour tiles is extremely important if you’re trying to make a small room look bigger. Whilst bold colours are modern and can help to create depth, it’s often best to use them sparingly if you’re trying to create the impression of increased space.
We recommend choosing pale tile shades such as white, cream, beige or grey because they can make the room look lighter and brighter. Another top tip is to pick a grout that is closely matched to the colour of the tile. Without such a stark contrast, you can create a seamless transition, which can make a room look bigger.
Similarly, using the same tiles for the wall and floors or throughout multiple rooms in a house can give the perception of space, because it’s difficult for the eye to distinguish where one room stops and another starts.
Selecting the right finish is equally as important as choosing the right colour. Gloss tiles reflect natural light, which can help make a room look lighter, in turn creating the impression of increased space. If you’re not a fan of gloss, a tile with a slight sheen or metallic finish may be a good compromise.
If the room you’re decorating is very small, heavily patterned tiles may be a no no. Subtle patterns usually work best.
Tile laying pattern
We’re seeing a surge in the number of people choosing to lay tiles in innovative laying patterns. Vertical brick, chevron, herringbone and basket weave are all becoming increasingly popular, but which arrangement is the most effective at making a room look bigger?
Your tile fitter will be able to suggest the tile laying pattern that will best suit your room; however, we often recommend laying tiles in a diagonal or diamond arrangement. Not only does this help create a feature wall, which makes a statement in your chosen room, but it will help break up harsh lines. This will trick the eye into perceiving the space to appear bigger than it is, because the boundaries are less defined.
Another trick of the trade is to lay tiles vertically if you have a low ceiling and are trying to give the impression of height.
If you’ve chosen flooring that comes in planks, such as our popular Karndean range, laying planks parallel to the longest wall can help elongate a space. This can be especially effective in a narrow hallway.
To see our extensive collection of wall and floor tiles, make a visit to our tile showroom in Weymouth. Our tiles are displayed in pods, which will help you get an impression of what they will look like in situ. Our design team will be able to offer expert advice on using tiles to help make a small room look bigger.
You only get one chance to make a first impression, that’s why the entrance to your house should be welcoming and set the tone for the rest of the property. This often-overlooked area of the home is the first part of your house that visitors get to see and provides the perfect opportunity to convey your personal style and home aesthetic.
Here we’ve used our vast experience and knowledge of the tile industry to give you our top tips on choosing the right tiles for your hallway. In this blog we list the advantages and disadvantages of a number of different floor tile materials.
Practical and stylish hallway floor tiles
The hallway is a high traffic area that is likely to get a considerable amount of wear and tear. In a busy family home, the hallway tends to accumulate muddy shoes and wet coats and is a haven for dirty pets returning from their winter walk. With this in mind, hallway flooring should be practical, hard wearing and easy to clean without compromising on style.
Porcelain floor tiles are a great choice for the hallway because they are extremely durable and don’t require ongoing maintenance, such as sealing, waxing or polishing. They are water and stain resistant, which means they are easy to keep clean and looking great. Porcelain tiles are a great option for pet owners because they are difficult to scratch and mark.
One of the main advantages of porcelain tiles is that there are a wide selection of designs and finishes on the market, so it’s easy to find a style that will match your chosen colour scheme. Porcelain tiles have been manufactured to look like a range of different materials including marble, wood and natural stone. This means you can get your desired look whilst being practical and saving money. It is advisable to use a grout protector spray on the grout to ensure it is waterproof.
Natural stone tiles
Natural stone tiles are a more expensive option but an investment that will stand the test of time. They are incredibly long lasting and can help add character to a property, thanks to the rustic finish and unique markings on each individual tile. Stone is an excellent conductor of heat, which means they work great with underfloor heating.
Unfortunately, whilst natural stone can help create a luxurious finish and striking aesthetic, there are a number of disadvantages that should be taken into consideration when choosing for a high traffic room. Due to their porous texture they are more absorbent than other forms of tile and will mark and scratch easily. This can be prevented by using suitable sealers and protectors.
At New Image we stock an extensive range of Victorian tiles, which are ideal for hallway flooring. Once reserved exclusively for period homes, there has been a revival of this trend in recent years and now this traditional tile is common in modern homes.
Victorian ceramic tiles can help create a real style statement in any home and have a number of advantages in a hallway setting. Like porcelain tiles they are extremely durable and water resistant, making them an ideal choice for a busy area. They are also available in a range or ornate patterns, which can create a bold look in any room.
Luxury vinyl flooring
If you prefer a wooden finish but don’t want the ongoing maintenance of hardwood flooring, why not try a luxury vinyl flooring such as Karndean Korlok. or Palio click Karndean has been engineered to mimic real wood or stone and comes in a variety of finishes with knots, colour gradients and a realistic texture to mimic wood or stone, without the hassle of sanding and staining.
Karndean have made use of the latest technology in their design process to ensure their products meet the demands of a busy family home. This innovative flooring is soft underfoot, warmer to the touch and even quieter than traditional wooden floors. What’s more they are water resistant and do not warp should they become water damaged. This means that they are incredibly easy to maintain and keep looking clean.
To discuss your hallway restoration project with one of our friendly design team please do not hesitate to get in touch. We can help you transform your space and give you expert advice and guidance.
As December draws to a close, it’s time to start planning your bathroom and kitchen renovations for the New Year. Before choosing the tiles to compliment your design, why not take inspiration from the upcoming tile trends that are expected be big in 2020? We’ve scoured the new ranges of our leading suppliers, to bring you the latest tile trends ahead of the New Year.
Here’s our pick of the top tile trends for 2020
Patterned tiles are making a comeback this year and can help add interest to any room. Play with vintage patterns, Moroccan prints or create your own design using contrasting colours. The beauty of this trend is it’s so versatile and limited only by your imagination. Be bold, push the boundaries and create something unique that reflects your personality.
We’re expecting unusual shaped tiles to be big in 2020. Geometric shapes and hexagons in particular, will be extremely popular and can help add a modern twist to any home. For an eye-catching look, fish scale tiles are an excellent choice, particularly in marine inspired colours. If you’re nervous to try this trend, why not test the waters and just tile a feature wall.
Many customers are fearful of incorporating black into their interior design projects, because they worry it will make the room feel smaller. In actual fact, black can help create depth and give the impression of more space. In 2020, black is expected to be a key colour in bathroom and kitchen décor. When paired with white fixtures and fittings this classic colour combination can be sleek and stylish and add some drama to the room.
You’ll be pleased to hear metro tiles are here to stay, but why not try a unique spin on this popular trend? We’re seeing more and more people choose innovative laying patterns, including chevron, basket weave and herringbone. Vertical layouts are also going to be big in 2020, which is great if you’re trying give the impression of a higher ceiling. For a statement look that will help emphasise the laying pattern, you could try using a contrasting grout colour.
Tile colours inspired by nature
Every year Pantone and Dulux announce their ‘colour of the year’, which play an integral role in shaping interior décor trends for the upcoming seasons. This year both colours, Classic Blue and Tranquil Dawn are inspired by nature and are said to inspire feelings of calm and tranquillity. We stock tiles in similar shades of blue and green, so you can stay up to date with the latest colour trends.
If you would like to know more about the trends that are going to be big in 2020, why not book an appointment at our Weymouth showroom? Our team of kitchen, bathroom and tile experts can help bring your designs to reality and advise what will work well in your space.
Design Consultant, Angela gives an insight into our customers frequently asked questions.
At New Image Tiles we have a reputation for being experts in our field, and like to think we know a thing or two about the tile industry. Our customers come to us for for advice and we are always happy to offer help and guidance wherever necessary. There are some questions we receive time and time again, so we thought it would be helpful to compile a list of frequently asked questions about wall and floor tiles. Here’s our top 11.
Q1: Where can I see your tiles?
New Image has a huge selection of over 300 stock tile ranges and hundreds of special order ranges that we constantly change to keep up with current trends. For this reason, a printed catalogue is unfeasible, however all of our stock ranges are available to view on our New Image Tiles website and in our Weymouth showroom. Nothing beats seeing the real thing in realistic kitchen & bathroom settings!
We also have dozens of display boards of stock and special order ranges. Not only can you see the tiles but you can feel them too!
Q2: Are all your tiles in stock?
Approximately 90% of our tile ranges are kept in stock and we keep thousands of square meters in our warehouse ready to be taken away or delivered. In fact, we have one of the largest tiles warehouses in the country and we ship our tiles as far afield as the Falkland Islands! If we do not have enough to fulfil your order then there could be a waiting time of 1 to 6 weeks while we wait for a delivery from the UK, Italy or Spain. Special order tiles can take a few days and up to 6 weeks dependant on the supplier. Most stock ranges are sold by the tile so you do not have to buy by the box or square meter. Patterned tiles are usually sold in box quantities only, as are special order tiles. Box quantities may vary so it is very important to order the correct amount and we can help you with this if necessary.
Q3: Can I buy samples?
You can buy as many samples as you want and we will refund the amount back to you on their return within 30 days.
Q4: Can you work out how many tiles I would need?
We can calculate the approximate number of tiles you would need to complete your project from your room measurements and for large or awkward spaces we can arrange a site visit. We also have a handy tile calculator that you can use.
We always recommend that you order an extra 10% to allow for cuts, breaks and to store a few away should the worse happen in the future and you need to repair or replace.
With special order tiles or those sold in box quantities it is especially important to measure accurately to ensure you have enough.
Quantities may vary slightly dependant on the layout that you choose and how the tiler fits the tiles, which is another reason why the extra 10% is so important. It is not an exact science!
Q5: Will batch numbers be the same?
Our expert warehouse team will endeavour to make sure that batch numbers are the same throughout your order to ensure continuity in colour, size and tone. However matching batch numbers is not always essential depending on the pattern on the tile.
If you are attempting a repair or needing to patch up and need just a few tiles to match what you have already then it is unlikely that batch numbers will match. This is yet another reason to ensure that you have kept some spare!
Q6: Can I order over the phone?
Orders can be placed and paid for over the phone by calling our showroom on 01305 781709 during our normal opening hours or you can place an order using our on-line ordering service. We can arrange collection or deliveries at that time and answer any questions you may have.
Our warehouse team can pick and pack your tile order and have it ready to collect from our warehouse in about 10 minutes from placing your order. Our warehouse is open from 8.30 to 4.45 Monday to Friday and from 9.00 to 2.45 on Saturdays.
Q7: Is there a delivery charge?
For local deliveries there is a £20 delivery charge for orders under £250. If you live further afield then the delivery charge will vary according to the postcode. We can also arrange a courier if necessary, for an extra fee, or you can arrange your own courier to collect from us.
Q8: Can I return left over tiles?
We offer a 30 day returns policy for stock tiles. So, if you have too many tiles after the completion of your project, and after you have stored some away for a rainy day, we are happy to buy those tiles back from you. Tiles that are sold in box quantities only can only be returned in full unopened boxes. We cannot refund for special order tiles or clearance ranges.
Q9: Do you offer a fitting service?
We do not employ our own fitters but we have a good selection of approved professional tilers so that you can choose who you want to complete your project. We only recommend the very best tradesman to ensure your project is completed to the highest standard.
Q10: Can I see any finished projects to help with ideas?
We have a portfolio of finished projects that you can view on our New Image Bathroom and Kitchen Inspiration websites.
We also have portfolios of finished kitchen and bathroom projects available to look at in our showroom.
Q11: Can you supply adhesives, grout, trims etc?
We keep everything you need to complete your tiling project including; Grouts, tile adhesive, spacers, trowels, grout floats, sponges, buckets, whisks, sealers and much more…
…..and our experienced staff can advise you according to your project. We know what we are talking about. If you would like to discuss an upcoming project with our team of experienced staff, please get in touch or visit our showroom.
Tiles have been used on walls and floors for thousands of years, even as far back as 4700 BC by the Egyptians. They are the earliest form of decorative ceramic art and have been used over the centuries on roofs, walls, floors, public baths and showers and for decoration such as mosaic floors and walls.
A tile is a moulded and pressed piece of a mixture of clay, sand and other natural substances that has been fired, decorated, re-glazed and fired again to a very high temperature to give it strength and structure. They come in all shapes and sizes, smooth and textured, plain and patterned and current trends are for bigger tiles.
Why choose tiles?
Hardwearing and can withstand spills, knocks and moving furniture.
More hygienic, easier to keep clean and better for people with allergies and asthma.
Tiles will not fade in sunlight.
Long term floor covering and maintenance free unlike engineered wood, laminates, carpets and vinyl.
Completely waterproof making them ideal for wet areas like kitchens, utility areas, bathrooms, swimming pools, paths, porches etc.
Slip resistancy on some tiles makes them suitable for the less abled in wet areas
So what tiles are suitable for where?
Ceramic wall tiles – Domestic and commercial use-matt or gloss finish- internal walls only.
Ceramic floor tiles – Domestic use – matt or gloss – internal moderate traffic floors only e.g. bathrooms, bedrooms, conservatories. Can be used on walls.
Glazed porcelain – Domestic and light commercial use-matt or gloss – internal and external – walls and floors.
Full bodied porcelain – Domestic and commercial use- matt or gloss – internal and external – walls and floors. Fully frost and heat proof. Suitable for swimming pools. Highest wear grade.
Fully vitrified – aka ‘quarry’ or ‘unglazed’- Domestic and light commercial use-internal and external – walls and floors. Frost and heat proof. May require sealing.
Natural stone tiles – Including Marble, Limestone, Sandstone, Slate, Granite. Domestic and commercial use- internal and external (depending on thickness) – walls and floors. Will require sealing and maintenance. Naturally quarried tiles will all be uniquely different.
Slip resistant – ‘R’ rating is the resistance rating as classified by professionals to advise on the suitability of a tile in a wet environment e.g. pool surround, wet room area, kitchen floor. The higher the rating the more resistant with R13 being the highest and R9 the lowest.
Mosaic tiles – Huge ranges available in 1000’s of shapes, colours, textures and materials. They come on mesh sheets so can be easily cut to size – generally used to complement the larger wall/floor tile as a decorative feature. Especially useful in wet rooms if correct material is used.
Glass splashbacks – Internal use – suitable for kitchen and bathroom splashbacks. Low porosity and very hard.
Floor tiles are perfect for under floor heating, whether a wet system or electric cable or matting is used, and offers an excellent primary heat source where wall space is a premium, leaving the wall space for electric towel radiators or floor standing units.
Electric underfloor heating can be very economical and can use the equivalent power of a couple of light bulbs thereby costing just a few pence a day to run. The running costs will be dependent on the sub-floor and the type of room where the installation is taking place.
It is important that the correct adhesive is used in the right setting with the correct tiles. The range of tile adhesives that we sell will cover nearly every situation and we are happy to advise on the adhesive that is most suitable for the job at hand- we know what we are talking about!
Grout 3000 comes in a range of colours and is suitable for internal and external settings including wet rooms, showers and swimming pools. It is shrink resistant and has anti mould technology making it suitable for all projects.
Consideration must be made when grouting natural stone and porous tiles to ensure there is no scratching or discolouration on the tile surface.
Is the tile surface gloss or matt, smooth or textured? You will not be able to see this online so be sure before you order. Arrange for a sample of the tile to be sent to you to check. At New Image you are able to see and feel all of our stock ranges and can purchase refundable sample tiles to try at home.
Don’t run short
Allow an extra 10% onto your order for cuts and breakages and to store some spares away. This will ensure you have enough without paying for an extra delivery cost and should the worst happen a few years down the line then you will have some spares to use. At New Image you would be able to come and purchase extra tiles from our stock ranges if necessary.
Always check that all the cartons have the same tile batch codes and tonal numbers. There will be slight differences with every batch produced so it is important to check these details to save potential disasters when laying the tiles. At New Image our warehouse staff check all the batches before fulfilling your order.
Cost can matter
Beware of cheap ranges, they are often poor quality and seconds that are sold cheaply by the manufacturers. Using these may cause problems for the fitter with varying thicknesses and sizes, warped tiles and tiles not being square. What seems to be a bargain can end up costing you more in the long run. At New Image we do not purchase or supply cheap tiles or seconds- our tiles are always the highest quality at reasonable prices and are often less expensive on like for like tiles than our major competitors.
Are you able to return any tiles left over after you have put some aside? At New Image we sell the majority of our stock ranges by the tile, so that you are able to return any excess within 30 days for a refund.
The benefits of tiles.
Tiles are durable, energy efficient, hypo-allergenic, odourless and hygiene-friendly. They can be used to great effect in every room in your house and can be a cost effective alternative to other products.
Come and see our huge ranges of kitchen tiles and bathroom tiles which are available to take away with you. And if you need advice on quantities, suitability or adhesive and grouts or tools for the job then come and talk to the experts.
As long term members of The Tile Association you can rest assured and put your trust in us – when it comes to tiles, we know what we are talking about!
Tiles, because of their very nature, are usually in the settings that get dirty the most; pathways, porches, hallways, kitchen walls and floor, utility rooms, conservatories and bathroom walls and floors. With the best will in the world they will accumulate dirt, grease, limescale, soap scum and all manner of other nasty things with the grout and silicone often being the bits that look the grubbiest the quickest with dirt stains and sometimes mould.
But don’t panic, with little effort you can revitalise your tiles, grout and silicone. There are a few good products specifically for this purpose that are all available to buy from us at New Image Tiles.
A deep clean may seem overwhelming in a large space but if tackled in stages you can achieve great results at very little cost. Certainly cheaper than re-tiling and definitely worth considering first.
Best product for cleaning mouldy silicone
If the silicone around your basin, bath, shower or sink is mouldy or discoloured then LTP Mouldex is the product for the job of cleaning it. It will kill and remove the fungus, mould spores, algae and moss from the silicone –and grout- and its anti-bacterial action will help to prevent a recurrence.
Easily applied by spray, leave for an hour, or longer if possible, then rinse off with clean water. If necessary this can be done a couple of times. Should this NOT do the job then you could replace the silicone completely: simply cut out the bulk of the offending silicone with a safety blade or a silicone remover tool, then use Silicone Eater to remove any residue, after leaving for the recommended time scrape off the worst, wipe down with water and a soft cloth and you are ready to apply new silicone. Using a silicone finisher will give a neat and professional finish.
For a different look try using a coloured silicone to tone/match your tiles or grout colour.
Best product for cleaning mouldy grout
There are several options for dealing with stained or mouldy grout;
LTP Mouldex is always worth trying first.
Intensive cleaners i.e. LTP Grimex or LTP Power Stripper –these can be used inside and out and will remove almost any stains from your grout and tiles.
Grout Rescue is a permanent grout colourant and sealer that comes in a range of 8 neutral colours from white to black. If no amount of cleaning is getting the grout spotless then changing the colour could be a quick and cheap option. Easy to apply with a brush or sponge and 2 coats will transform the grout and seal it at the same time. When fully cured the seal will help to protect against mould, mildew and staining as well as water penetration.
Re-grouting is sometimes the only answer especially if the grout is old, brittle and cracking up. Using a grout rake, grout saw or electric grout remover the offending grout can be removed and new grout applied. Technological advances in grout ensure that they have high water resistance and are anti-fungal and mould resistant. Grout 3000 is durable and is available in a range of colours with matching silicone.
It is always worth sealing the grout, any grout, in fact all grout, on completion of a new job or after a thorough cleaning. LTP Grout & Tile Protector is an easy product to use. Just shake and spray and this product creates a colourless barrier and seals the grout helping to protect the grout from dirt, oil, grease and limescale- essential in this area-so that any dirt that sits in the grout lines will just lift away without staining or penetrating the grout. The areas that are most important to seal are floors, wet areas and behind your cooker in your kitchen.
Best products to clean and revitalise your tiles
Glazed ceramic and porcelain tiles
These need very little maintenance other than cleaning to remove surface dirt- and as they are so durable they can suffer a good scrubbing or steaming with no ill effects. If your ceramic or porcelain tiles are very dirty and need a thorough cleaning that water alone and other products is not removing then LTP Grimex will remove stubborn dirt and grease. Tackle small areas at a time and always follow the instructions and don’t forget your marigolds- Grimex is strong stuff!
Once the tiles are cleaned then a glaze protector could be used which will give a ‘just washed’ look to the tiles and is resistant to wear and staining and should help with cleaning in the future.
There are specialised cleaners, should you wish to use one, and LTP Porcelain Floor Tile Cleaner or LTP Waxwash are gentle liquid soaps for weekly/monthly cleaning.
For everyday cleaning of all your tiles and surfaces try LTP Multiclean. This comes in a handy spray bottle, can be used on all surfaces to clean off fats, grease, dirt and bacteria and helps to inhibit limescale build-up and it smells nice too!
Natural stone tiles
These are a little more high maintenance than glazed ceramic or porcelain tiles- they do need a bit of TLC –Tile Loving Care.
Travertine, Limestone, Sandstone, Marble and Slate are all natural stones and will be porous to different degrees so will absorb dirt and grease, therefore it is important to create and maintain a seal so they always look fab and are easy to clean.
However, the seal will break down especially if the wrong cleaning products are used- no offence Mr Muscle but you are not the man for this job!!
There are two products that will remove just about anything from natural stone tiles; stubborn surface dirt, old sealer, grease etc. Both products are very strong and need to be used cautiously following the guidelines. LTP Grimex and LTP Power Stripper should leave the tiles dirt and grime free and ready to be re-sealed.
Impregnating sealers are absorbed into the stone’s surface and helps protect against staining, water penetration, dirt etc. whilst allowing the stone to breathe and enhancing the natural features of the material. LTP Mattstone and LTP Colour Intensifier are the most popular products to use to seal natural stone products whether they are on walls or floors, inside or out.
These can be treated the same as natural stone tiles with the same products.
If you have inherited tiles and you are not sure what the construction or material is of those tiles there is a simple porosity test you can do to check and this will give you an idea about how much sealer should be applied, if any at all-
Apply a teaspoon of room temperature water to your tile-
HIGH POROSITY- the water is absorbed within 5 minutes- apply 3-4 coats of sealer.
MEDIUM POROSITY- the water is absorbed within 15 minutes- apply 2-3 coats of sealer.
LOW POROSITY- the water is absorbed within an hour or longer- apply 1-2 coats of sealer.
NON ABSORBENT- the water does not absorb- sealer is not required.
Whatever products you decide to use on your tiles always read and follow the instructions and guidelines and the Health and Safety advice.
New Image are always happy to advise you on any of the products or tiles that we supply. We know what we are talking about!
So go ahead and revitalise your tiles, you may be surprised at the results.
The history of coloured, patterned and textured tiles.
The Victorians were to really kick-start the use of pattern for the masses in Britain with the construction of millions of Victorian terraced houses that had quite complex geometric tiled patterns used on pathways, porches, hallways and floors and picture tiles for fire surrounds and walls.
There has been an ‘on/off’ affair with patterned and textured tiles ever since. Different generations and trends have been responsible for covering them up- and worse, ripping them up- and going ‘plain, plain, plain’, but the value of having original features and character in a property is reflected in property prices.
Fear not – pattern, texture and colour are back in vogue.
The theory of coloured, patterned and textured tiles.
With the introduction of patterned or textured tiles a scheme can be lifted from ordinary to extraordinary. The most common are stripes, geometric, motifs and floral, waves and with the latest technology, pictures. Tiles can be effective in any room in a house, not just your bathroom and kitchen. Choose from scratchproof, clean, low maintenance, durable, waterproof. What’s not to love? Yes! You can tile your bedroom floors and walls. Yes! You can tile your lounge feature wall. So think outside the box!!
There are some basic rules to consider when selecting your tiles to make the scheme successful.
Vertical Lines; these will add height to a low room and accentuate the height in a tall room.
Horizontal Lines; these will add width to an area and visually lower the height of a room.
Florals; the rule of thumb is the larger the space the larger the pattern and the smaller the space the smaller the pattern.
Motifs; randomly recurring patterns can draw spaces together creating continuity and flow.
Complex Patterns; will liven up a large area but could be overwhelming in a small area.
Pictures; create a stunning impact for a feature in any room.
Texture; adds a subtle extra dimension to any room and can be coarse, rough, smooth, gloss and matt. Smooth and shiny will reflect and bounce light and feel cooler and contemporary. Coarse and rough will seem more rustic and warmer.
How and where to use coloured, patterned and textured tiles.
Consider all the walls and floor and decide where you would like your patterned or textured feature to be.
Use toning colours on the plain wall or floor to bring the scheme together.
Consider dragging a patterned floor tile up the walls to create real impact and cohesiveness.
A vertical panel of pattern or texture is a more contemporary modern look.
A little can go a long way.
Be bold and confident and don’t be afraid to show your true colours.
No one likes to walk over a freezing cold floor when they’ve got bare feet, especially during the winter months so here’s 10 reasons why you should treat yourself to some under-tile heating. Advances in technology and materials in recent years have made it a more viable option for those looking to add comfort and value to their properties. Quality systems can be purchased for as little as £200. Radiant heat’s draught-free heat is evenly distributed throughout the room. As it gently rises from the floor, it warms the air to living level.
Independent tests have shown that when feet are warm, the air temperature can be lower without affecting overall comfort. The thermostat can be set to four degrees lower than conventional heating methods while providing the same comfort levels, reducing energy costs by 10-40%.
Buying and installing the system is one thing, but is it affordable to run? Extensive tests have been conducted to provide customers with accurate running costs, based on individual usage patterns. Tests concluded that is costs as little as 0.6p per meter per hour to run its highly efficient systems.
Quality products with a lifetime warranty
Look for thin, dual-core heating wire that won’t raise floor levels and does not have to return to the thermostat, making installation fast. Avoid cheap, PVC-coated wires with low wattage outputs and poor warranty levels as they are more likely to burn out earlier. Products that carry accreditation’s like BEAB and KEMA and offer a lifetime warranty are a good investment.
Electric systems can be set to heat an individual room only where and when it is needed. Tailoring the system’s usage to individual lifestyle needs will maximise savings.
Little luxuries like underfloor heating will add resale value, setting the home apart from the competition and commanding a higher price.
Better air quality
Other heating methods act like a dust traps, creating draughts that spread dust, pollen, and germs, causing major health problems for asthma and allergy sufferers. Underfloor heating reduces draughts and dries wet floors quickly, reducing the moisture dust mites need to survive, while maintaining a healthy level of humidity.
Floor heating frees up wall space for cupboards, cabinets or to create a minimalist look.
Quiet, maintenance-free warmth
Because there are no moving parts, it is quiet. With no radiators to clean, redecorate or replace, there is nothing to maintain, making the lifetime cost very low.
It can be used either as a main source of heat or to simply take the chill off the tiles.
Find out more about Under-Tile Heating
If you’d like to know more about under-tile heating then you can read our information page or alternatively call us on 01305 781709 and we’ll be happy to help.