5 types of tiles that shouldn’t be overlooked


If you’re in the process of building or renovating, no doubt you need tiles for one application or another. Tiles are a fantastic material that can be used in just about any space for a variety of applications. Modern tiles are available in a range of styles and designs and they allow you to create the exact look that you want.

Whether you’re looking for flooring for your kitchen, bathroom or entire house, tiles are undoubtedly a very popular choice. In fact, the latest Houzz survey found that among the 67% of homeowners who updated flooring, 19% choice to use ceramic or porcelain tile. This is second only to wood, which was used by 34% of homeowners.

While tiles are certainly wonderful, the different styles, designs and types of tiles cause confusion for many homeowners. Can the same tile be used throughout an entire space? Can the same tile be used both on floors and walls? What about using tiles in high moisture areas such as shower spaces? These are only some of the many questions that rookie renovators always ask when buying tiles in Perth.

As the head of purchasing at Ross’s Discount Home Centre, I have helped many customers choose the right tile for their needs. In fact, in most cases, choosing the right tile boils down to the application for which the tile will be used.

So, continue reading this post as I guide you through 5 of the most popular tiles in Perth. I’ll explain everything you need to know about these tiles so that you can decide which is suitable for your requirements.

1. Porcelain Tiles

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Techo White, Porcelain Tile by Ross’s Discount Home Centre

Porcelain tiles are arguably the most popular type of tiles in Perth. Also called vitrified tiles, porcelain tiles are known to be virtually non-porous, dense and incredibly strong.

They are incredibly durable, naturally stain-resistant and they exhibit through-body colours. They can also be used extensively in indoor and outdoor flooring, and also work great as wall tiles. Because of these attributes, they are suitable for use in a variety of indoor and outdoor applications.

Porcelain tiles are specially manufactured by heating refined natural clay at high temperatures. While porcelain itself comes in an unglazed form, porcelain tiles can be glazed or unglazed. Unglazed porcelain tiles are available in natural, textured and polished finish options. On the other hand, glazed porcelain tiles are available in matte, glossy and textured finish options.

Today, porcelain tiles are available in a variety of colours, textures and sizes, which allow you to create the exact look and feel that you want.

The only downside to choosing porcelain tiles is that they tend to be more expensive than other types of tiles. They can also be more difficult to work with than other tile types, which is why a professional tiler is recommended for their installation.

If you’re after quality porcelain tiles in Perth, look no further than Ross’s Discount Home Centre. We stock a large selection of porcelain tiles which include everything ranging from structured finishes to rich polished finishes. With us, you’ll have plenty of choices when it comes to finding the right tiles for your needs.

2. Ceramic Tiles

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Luna Bianco, Ceramic Tile by Ross’s Discount Home Centre

Another popular tile choice in Perth is ceramic tiles. Ceramic tiles are manufactured from different clay materials and they can be classified into porcelain and non-porcelain ceramic tiles. They are known to offer the most hardwearing and durable finishes and they are also one of the most economical tiles for flooring.

Ceramic tiles are usually made from red, brown or white clay mixed with other minerals. They can be single fired (monocottura) or double fired (bicottura) and are available both in glazed and unglazed types.

Thanks to modern manufacturing techniques, ceramic tiles are available in a variety of styles, designs, colours and sizes. You can easily find ceramic tiles which are highly polished and offer a sleek and shiny finish. You’ll also find a range of unglazed ceramic tiles which offer a textured, or semi-matte finish. As such, they can be used for a great variety of applications – both indoors and outdoors.

Ceramic tiles are incredibly durable, hardwearing, water-resistant and easy to clean, making them suitable for use as floor or wall tiles. The most common use of ceramic tiles is for indoor use in kitchens and bathrooms, but they can also be used in other applications.

Ross’s Discount Home Centre offers a wide selection of superior grade ceramic tiles in Perth. Our large selection includes a variety of styles, designs, sizes, colours and finish options, so you’re sure to find one to complement your design style.

3. Marble Tiles

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Lily Stone Marble Tile by Ross’s Discount Home Centre

Marble tiles add a level of prestige which is unmatched by most other materials. For this reason alone, they shouldn’t be overlooked in the tile selection process. The down-side of choosing marble tiles however is that they are more expensive than the other types of tiles mentioned in this article and they require additional maintenance. Extra care needs to be taken so that they retain their original look and finish.

Marble tiles are made from natural stone. They feature a rich finish and are available in a range of finish options, including brushed, honed, tumbled and polished. While marble looks incredibly elegant, it is also a highly porous material which is prone to staining. As such, marble tiles are not suitable for use in kitchens and bathrooms, unless they are honed and sealed frequently. They are most suitable for indoor flooring and are an excellent choice for bedrooms, halls and other living areas of a home.

If you’re looking for marble tiles in Perth that offer excellent value for money, Ross’s Discount Home Centre is an excellent choice. Our marble tiles are manufactured to the highest of standards and we offer our tiles at highly competitive prices. You’ll certainly increase the visual appeal of your home by choosing our marble tiles.

4. Mosaic Tiles

Bling Silver, Mosaic Tile by Ross’s Discount Home Centre

Mosaic tiles offer high-visual impact. This is the primary reason for their popularity and is also why they are commonly used as feature tiles in bathrooms and kitchens. They can be used to create a unique effect, allowing you to add character to your rooms.

Mosaics generally comprise of a series of small square tiles, which are combined on a sheet to create a patterns or design. They can be created out of a range of materials, including glass, stones and pebbles and are available in a wide range of styles, patterns, designs and colours. While square shaped mosaics have been popular traditionally, round and hexagonal mosaics are increasing in popularity.

To install mosaics, an entire sheet is laid out on a bed of adhesive and the gaps are grouted. More often than not, you’ll require professional help for the installation of mosaic tiles.

Ross’s Discount Home Centre offers a superb selection of mosaic tiles in Perth. From tiles with subtle accents to fancy decorative tiles, you’ll find everything that you’re looking for and more at our store. Whether you’re looking for splashback tiles or feature wall tiles, our mosaic tiles offer plenty of designs for you to consider.

5. Wood-Look Tiles

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Forrest Cream, Wood-Look Ceramic Tile from Ross’s Discount Home Centre

Wood-look tiles are a special tile design which mimics the look and feel of natural wood. While they look and feel like natural wood, they are far more durable and easier to maintain. They can be made out a variety of materials, but ceramic tiles and porcelain tiles are the most popular. Thus, they offer all the benefits that ceramic tiles and porcelain tiles offer.

Wood-look tiles will complement any design style but are best suited for indoor flooring use, including in moisture prone areas such as bathrooms.

At Ross’s Discount Home Centre, you’ll find a stunning selection of wood-look tiles in Perth. Our wood-look tiles boast of superior quality and you can transform your home using them. Check out our Aged Wood Natural and our Aged Wood White tiles, which are bestsellers at our store.

Conclusion:

While tiles are available in many different types, porcelain tiles, ceramic tiles, marble tiles, mosaic tiles and wood-look tiles are arguably the most popular. All these types of tiles are available in a range of colours, designs, sizes, styles and finish options.

Porcelain and ceramic tiles (including wood-look tiles) are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use as floor or wall tiles. Marble tiles are also suitable for indoor flooring, but they require added maintenance. Mosaic tiles are suitable for use as feature tiles or decorative tiles.

For the best selection of tiles in Perth, look nowhere but Ross’s Discount Home Centre. Visit us instore or shop from our online store to find the tile you’re looking for today!