What You Should Look for in a Supplier of Floor Tiles
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Published by TOP4 Team
When you're having a new house built or your existing one renovated, the flooring of the structure may require some of the biggest decisions you'll have to make throughout the entire building process. After all, it's something that you and your whole family will be coming into constant contact with, every single day, so it's important to choose a material that will withstand heavy traffic.
At the same time, you'll want your choice of flooring to support and complement the design of the rest of the room or the entire house. Homeowners can often get stumped when it comes to ensuring that the entire property stays consistent with its design and function philosophy.
So a little expert help is always a good thing. This is something that they can get from a reliable supplier of flooring materials. If the material of choice is narrowed down to floor tiles, then it's important to find a supplier who can help you out in more ways than one. Here are some things to keep in mind as you look around for a trusted supplier of floor tiles.
1. Choose a supplier who can help you make your choice. Right off, a long-time supplier of tiles will know exactly how puzzling the responsibility of choosing tiles can be for the homeowner, what with hundreds of options to choose from in terms of colour, texture and size. You'll want to work with a supplier who understands this dilemma for customers and will go out of his way to make suggestions and recommendations and provide advice that suits a customer's specific needs. They may not have an interior designer in their team, but they'll know how their product will work in various settings and can help steer you in the right direction to get the look you want for your home.
2. Pick an experienced tiles supplier who can provide important advice about how the grout to be used can affect the quality of the tile installation, the performance of the tile itself, and the resulting look of the space. There are, for example, different grout sealants that can be used; some will make it extremely difficult to remove the tiles from their placement, while others allow easier and more convenient tile removal. These factors should be taken into consideration if you're planning to remodel the house again in the future, or if the expertise of your hired tile installation contractors is suspect and there's a possibility of making mistakes that could require a do-over. Also, some types of grout make dirt and stains more visible, so you may want to choose one that fits your needs best.
3. It would be great to find a supplier who can also perform the installation as well as removal of tiles, as the work may be too complex for a DIY project. The tile manufacturer may have business partnerships with tile contractors who are not only thoroughly knowledgeable about the make, craftsmanship and look of thousands of tiles, but also trained in installing and removing tiles. This can be a deciding factor as you compare tile quality and selection, costs, expertise and friendliness among the suppliers in your shortlist. It's best to choose one who can offer you the best value for your money all around.