Guide: Room Suitability by Tile
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Guide: Room Suitability by Tile

By Zoe Bert & May

Jul 12, 2022

Guide: Room Suitability by Tile

Each tile material has qualities and characteristics that can make it suitable or unsuitable for indoor and outdoor use and for different areas of your home. For example, if you have a particularly wet bathroom, a shiny, glazed ceramic tile may not be the right choice for flooring. Or, in an area of the house that gets a lot of foot traffic, a delicate, easily damaged tile might not stand up to the wear and tear.

 

While many tile varieties are available, selecting a tile based on its suitability for your space will make for easier installation and longer-lasting performance. Continue to read our guide to find out more about tile room suitability.

Room Suitability by Tile

Here we will look at the different tile material collections and let you know where is best to install them.

Cement Tile Room Suitability

Due to this materials strength, it is suitable for high-traffic areas which includes:

  • Indoors and outdoors
  • Floors and walls
  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms, showers, and wet rooms
  • Hallways
  • Fireplaces
  • Splashbacks
  • Commercial spaces

 

Please note, for cement to be waterproof and suitable for wet areas they need to be installed and sealed correctly. See our installation guides.

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Terracotta Tiles Room Suitability

Due to this material's hardy nature, it can withstand high-traffic areas including:

  • Indoors and outdoors
  • Floors and walls
  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Hallways
  • Fireplaces
  • Splashbacks
  • Living rooms
  • Commercial spaces

Please note tiles need to be installed and sealed correctly to prevent them from absorbing water.

See our Terracotta Tiles.

 

Porcelain Tiles Room Suitability

Due to this material's hard-wearing qualities and ability to withstand high moisture areas, they are suitable for the following areas:

  • Indoors and outdoors
  • Floors and walls
  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms, showers, and wet rooms
  • Hallways
  • Fireplaces
  • Splashbacks
  • Living rooms
  • Commercial spaces

Porcelain does not necessarily need to be sealed, but we do advise sealing the grout lines in a wet area.

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Marble Tiles Room Suitability

Marble adds a touch of durable luxury to a room, it is suitable for the following areas:

  • Indoor floors and walls
  • Hallways
  • Fireplaces
  • Splashbacks
  • Living room

Please note tiles need to be installed and sealed correctly to prevent them from absorbing water.

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Terrazzo Tiles Room Suitability

Terrazzo makes a great tile for areas with high footfall, it is suitable for the following spaces:

  • Indoors and outdoors
  • Floors and walls
  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms, showers, and wet rooms
  • Hallways
  • Fireplaces
  • Splashbacks
  • Living rooms
  • Commercial spaces

In order to ensure these tiles are water-resistant and to protect them from stains, you'll need to seal themas per our installation guide.

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What Else Should I Consider?

When looking for your perfect tile, you'll not only need to consider the material it's made from but also the process in which it is made. If the tile is glazed, encaustic, or reclaimed, it may also affect its room suitability. Ensure you always check each individual product page. Here, we will provide suitability information for each tile.

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