The Tile Guide


Our tips for installing tiles in each room of a property

Blog post attributed to Tracy Hildreth, E-Business Manager at from Ceramic Tile Distributors

There’s a big decision to make when it comes to providing your clients with the best tiles for their home, so it’s important for any tradesmen to know which tile best suits every room in the house. Whether it’s replacing their carpets or existing floor tiles, our new voucher referral scheme can help give tradesmen the chance to claim 15% of their customer’s orders. To celebrate this new scheme, we’ve collated our top tips and advice for tiling every room in the home in order for you to provide your clients with the best information possible.
Finding safe and durable kitchen tiles

Since the kitchen is the heart of the home and where the family tend to congregate and cook their meals, tiles in this room need to be safe, durable and easy to clean.

If your client is looking at floor tiles for the kitchen, suggest tiles with a raised texture, like the Riven tile, in order to provide extra grip. It’s essential for your client to purchase a floor tile instead of a wall tile, it may sound like an obvious tip; it is paramount for their safety!

Floor tiles have a higher coefficient of friction (COF), which means that they are easier to walk on and are safer for the kitchen. Wall tiles have a lower COF, so the tiles are slippery to walk on and therefore unsafe for use. It’s essential to check that the tile is suitable for floor use, ideally with a grade of Porcelain Enamel Institute 5 if for heavy traffic or external areas.
Protecting high-traffic hallways

Due to the hallway of a home being one of the areas with the highest traffic, it’s vital to have high quality and durable tiles fitted. In homes with small children and busy adults, the floor needs to be protected from water splashes, stains and mud.

Porcelain tiles are the best option for your client’s hallways as they are durable, easy to clean and often mimic the shade variations of natural stone. However, unlike natural stone tiles, they do not need to be maintained frequently and are extremely cost efficient.
Keeping heat within the living room

One of the biggest problems when tiling a living room is finding a way to keep the heat in.

Although living room tiles are best suited for colder climates, their effect and style can be a major factor in your client’s final decision. If they decide to opt for living room tiles, you may want to recommend adding underfloor heating or large rugs to maintain some of the heat.

Tiles with a wood effect print are the perfect match for maintaining the warm, cosy feeling in a living room. These tiles are the easiest tiles to install but also give the natural but warming feeling throughout the home, which many clients look for.
Preventing a splash problem in the bathroom!

Tiles for the bathroom are another popular flooring option for many homeowners, especially in homes with small children and elderly people.

Porcelain tiles are the bathroom tile of choice as they are impervious to water and decrease the amount of puddles made by splashes. With the correct floor grout, there’s no doubting that porcelain tiles are great for waterproofing a room.

For any questions that you still have, do not hesitate to talk to one of our in-store assistants; here to help you get all of the correct information that you’ll ever need. Take a trip to and don’t forget to enquire about the new voucher scheme!


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BDC 311 : Dec 2023