With an assortment of tiling options in the market, it is becoming increasingly easy to find a look that you like and can afford. However, there are things you need to consider before making a tile purchase especially for your kitchen. Whenever you decide to renovate your kitchen, tiles will bring the exact look you want to express. Here is what you should take into account before you take the plunge.
Get the correct style for your kitchen
By now, you know that tiles come in an array of materials, sizes, and shapes and it is crucial to get ones that will suit the function of your kitchen, your style, and budget as well. A common option for most homeowners is porcelain and ceramic tiles because they are easy to install and maintain. Glass tiles are low-maintenance as well and look classy, but they are a bit on the costly side. The same goes for stone tiles such as limestone, marble, and slate which are usually high-maintenance and can differ a lot in terms of texture, color, and thickness. As such, they are not suitable for everyone.
Think twice before settling for mosaics
Although mosaic tiles come in various materials and are perfect for a backsplash or feature wall, they are quite expensive. It can also be quite a chore to maintain them depending on the color of grout and where you install them. For your kitchen, mosaic tiles are not a practical option, especially if the grout is pale.
Decide whether you want to buy online or in-store
Get a sample first if you are buying tiles online that you have just seen in pictures otherwise you could end up with tiles that you do not like and that are costly to return. The best thing to do is to walk into a tile store and see for yourself what you are paying for. Another benefit of buying in-store is that you will get tiles from the same batch, so that your tiles are the same finish and color.
Do your calculations
To find out the number of tires you require, multiply the height by the length of each of your kitchen walls minus the area of any windows or doors and add them together so as to get the total area. Add around ten percent of additional tile to cover any wastage and breakages. Most tile stores sell tiles per square meter and if they do not, they should be able to tell you what the price is per square meter. This is an easy way to find out how much your kitchen tiles will cost you.
Keep hidden costs in mind
You need to factor in the cost of grout and tile adhesive, spacers, tools and other accessories. The grout must be suitable for where you are tiling and the kind of tiles you are using. Grout is capable of making a statement just as the tiles themselves so do not decide on it as an afterthought.