Tiles are one of the most versatile, stylish, durable and affordable forms of flooring and cladding available. With endless options in size and finish, our range of exquisite tiles coupled with our expertise in installation and design will ensure you find the right fit for your project.
The major benefits of tiles include:
Not all tiles are equal. Different materials and manufacturing processes lend themselves to different end uses ranging from flooring, walls, outdoor surfaces, bathrooms, and kitchens.
Porcelain Tiles Porcelain tiles are composed of fine porcelain clay sand which is pressurised and heated to approximately 1200-1400 celcius. The density of the materials makes porcelain very strong and less likely to chip and with a water absorption of less than 0.5% it has become a very popular material to use. Ceramic TilesCeramic Tiles are a made with a mixture of clays and minerals. The composition is then heated to solidify the product. Ceramic tiles are more porous and therefore not recommended for outdoor use. To determine the suitability of a ceramic tile they are rated with a PEI rating. The higher the number the better the strength and/or durability (rated 1-5).
Floor Tiles Floor tiles are generally made from porcelain which is an incredibly strong material to be able to support not only people but even vehicles. Floor tiles tend to fall into three different looks: timber, concrete, and stone. These looks are driven from the Italian manufacturers and with the advancements of technology are now able to rival the real products. Floor tiles come in multiple finishes: full polish, lappato (Italian for semi polish), matt and exterior finishes. Floor tiles can also be used on the walls.
Exterior Tiles Porcelain tiles are perfect for exterior use as they do not fade and because porcelain is so dense they are frost resistant meaning they will survive our harsh winters. An exterior tile must meet the following standard to be sold in NZ. AS/ NZS 4586 is the slip resistance standard in use in Australia. AS/NZS 3661.1 is an earlier version of the slip resistance standard, but is the version still referenced under the NZ Building Code in D1/ AS1 of the D1 Compliance Document. Wall TilesWall tiles are normally made of ceramic as it is a lighter material, wall tiles are less dense than floor tiles meaning they cannot support the weight of people walking over them. The most common wall tiles are your white gloss and matt in a variety of sizes, however more and more wall tiles are being produced in patterns and textures to create more of a feature.
Feature Tiles Feature tiles can either be floor or wall tiles,feature wall tiles are often textured with 3d effects,or can be printed with different designs. Feature floor tiles are not normally textured but have different glazes to enable us to create patterns in floors or to create patchwork floors etc. Feature tiles come in a variety of colours, styles, and finishes. Mosaic TilesMosaics are small format tiles held together by a mesh backing, there are different mosaics for different areas, mosaics for pools, mosaics for floors, and mosaics for walls. Mosaics can be made of porcelain, stone, ceramic, or glass. Mosaics are decorative and used to inject colour