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What kind of tiles choose?

Bathroom's and kitchen's tiles

Having kitchen and bathroom tiles is an excellent thing. But when it comes to choosing the right floor covering, opinions differ widely. The tastes are there as so often very different. Nevertheless, there are some practical considerations and criteria that make a floor covering more suitable for certain purposes than others.

Well, first of all a word about the floor coverings that exist or are common in Germany. The most common floor coverings are - Laminate, - Parquet, - Carpeting, - Tiles. All these floor coverings have their advantages and disadvantages. For example, the fact that a carpet for the entire bathroom should not be used, probably needs no further explanation. This article will focus on the properties of tiles.

Tiles - in the true sense of the word, ceramic tiles are durable and easy to maintain. In addition, they are extremely ecological, as they consist only of clay and some minerals that are fired with water and fire to tiles. Their sealed surface predestines the ceramic tile due to its water impermeability especially in damp rooms such as kitchens or bathrooms. A disadvantage of tiles as a floor for some is that they can sometimes be very cold. That's why most people didn't want tiles in their living rooms or bedrooms. But for bathrooms and kitchens it is quite ok that tiles are not warm on their own. Which, however, can be handled with underfloor heating.

Furthermore, the design and colour range for tiles is very high. There is something to suit every taste.

Abrasion classes of tiles. First of all, you have to choose the right tile. Tiles are generally divided into four so-called wear classes. Under abrasion class 1 fall only wall tiles. The abrasion class 4, however, refers to floor tiles for heavy use. For the private household mostly tiles of the abrasion class 2 are sufficient for the floor. Risk of breakage when purchasing tiles. One should include in the planning that most likely some tiles will break during the installation process. This is usually unavoidable. Therefore, it is recommended to buy more tiles from the outset than needed. Unused tiles can usually be easily exchanged or kept in reserve, if something happens later.

Preparation of the substrate for the actual tile. It is essential to prepare the surface before laying. This should first be thoroughly cleaned. Then the floor should be primed to ensure good adhesion of the tiles. In the bathroom, the areas around the shower, toilet and bath must be pretreated with a sealing coat.

Before you start: tiles - material and accessories. With a tile cutter it is easily possible to cut the tiles to the desired shape. This should definitely be available. Other indispensable auxiliary tools are: - tile adhesive - tile spacers, - Tile Breaking pliers - spatula - sponge - rubber mallet - gloves - paper towels. If everything is well prepared: Tiles, other material and tools are there, and even the ground is already nicely done, the actual tile laying goes pretty fast: They spread the tile adhesive evenly with the spatula on the substrate. Then, step by step, tile by tile side by side. You start on a wall and use the tile crosses to ensure an even distance. After laying the tiles are carefully tapped with the rubber hammer. Iis necessary to get thoroughly into the subject. For some rooms such as bathroom or kitchen tiles are the best choice, but there is nothing wrong with the living room or other rooms with tiles.

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