At Tile Space we want you to get the right solution for your home. We scour the world to find inspiring, designer tiles and our expert design consultants are focused on helping you figure out the best look for you. Once you get the perfect tile, you also want to make sure that it lasts! We back them up with our 10 year product guarantee and our 15 year system guarantee.
Tiles are as good as the clay that they are made from and the temperature and pressure that they are fired at. The different types of tiles that we stock at Tile Space are:
We know that the process of buying tiles can be a little daunting if you’ve never done it before,
so below are questions that we get regularly that might help make things a little clearer!
When you visit a Tile Space store, you get the benefit of qualified staff who know design and tiles inside out, they'll help you make the right choice so that you love your room now and in the future. Every year our team visit the world's largest tile fair in Bologna, Italy to stay on top of the latest trends and technology and bring back the latest designer tiles to New Zealand. We also have the best stock availability, with over 200,000 square meters in our Auckland tile warehouse.
Most of our tiles are priced per m2 rather than being priced per tile or box, this way if you know the square meterage of your room it will give you an accurate idea of the cost that you can expect and it makes it easier to compare the price of different sized tiles.
Decorative tiles and mosaics are priced per unit or sheet; our staff can tell you the price per m2 and help you estimate the amount that you will need.
We source our tiles from Italy, Spain, Brazil, UAE and Asia. The country of origin usually impacts the price and quality in the following ways, however we have excellent relationships with all of our suppliers and we guarantee all of our tiles for 10 years:
Italy: Beautiful designs, excellent replicas of natural stone and marble with many different faces and variation, high quality tiles, usually a little more expensive.
Spain: Different faces and variation, high quality tiles, usually a little more expensive.The Spanish make great ceramic and decorative tiles and have a growing tile industry, usually slightly cheaper than Italian tiles.
Brazil: The designs from Brazil are always different and fresh and we have some great unique Brazilian options. The manufacturer that we buy from in Brazil is the country’s largest and they make some fantastic mid-range tiles.
UAE: We source an excellent range of mid-priced tiles from the UAE. The designs are clean and simple and the quality is second to none. The company that we source from in the UAE is a world leading tile manufacturer.
Asia: Our Asian tiles all hit a great price point and we take pains to source only quality products so that they work with our 10 year guarantee. Our Absolute Cararra range is a great example of this, it has 4 different tile faces so that it doesn’t look like a stamp when laid and the satin finish is beautiful and right on trend.
Ceramic is a catch all name for porcelain and ceramic tiles. In general porcelain can be considered to be better quality due to its low water absorption and increased durability.
It pays to use a floor and wall tile from the same range, for example a polished and matt version of the same marble look tile will look much better if they both come from the same range, as then they will be designed to work together. Many people like to align the floor and wall grout joints, and as tiles come in nominal sizes care should be taken to make sure the joints will actually line up.
Most tiles are now rectified, which means they have been machined after firing to ensure that their size and shape is perfect. Rectified tiles can be laid closer together with smaller grout joins as they have flat edges. As the edges are machined they can be sharp, it’s important the tiles are laid level and do not lip, use of a tile leveling system removes this risk. Non rectified tiles, often referred to as cushion edge tiles are sorted into matching sizes, however there will be a slight variance between each tile, to allow for this a wider grout joint is required, normally about 3mm
Many tiles are designed to replicate natural materials like stone or marble. In nature, you will see infinite variation, and that is part of its charm. If a tile has a natural look but has the same pattern repeated over and over it will look artificial, so a good quality tile will have a degree of variation between the tile faces to make it look more authentic. The number of faces can vary from one on basic tiles to 30+ on premium ranges.
Variation is the difference between tiles, we use the following system to rate variation:
V1 – Uniform – minimal differences between pieces of the same production run
V2 – Slight - clearly distinguishable differences in texture and/or pattern, with similar colours
V3 – Moderate – the amount of colours on each piece vary greatly significantly, but they do not differ greatly between pieces
V4 – Substantial – random colour differences from tile to tile so that one tile may have totally different colours from another tile.
Matt – Has a matt surface
Satin – Smooth/silky matt surface
Polished or semi-polished – After firing the tile is mechanically polished, up to 1mm of the material’s surface is removed for a shiny, reflective finish. Polished finishes are more durable than glazed finishes.
Glazed – A glaze is applied to the top layer of the tile to give it a hard non-porous surface. Glazes can have a matt, semi-gloss or gloss finish. Glazed tiles are best suited to residential to light commercial settings.
Roccia or structured – A finish with ridges and dips in the surface of the tile, often used outdoors because of their anti-slip properties
Grip – A sandpaper like finish, usually used on outdoor tiles.
Our tiles are rated 1 through 5 for the following uses
Class 1 – Wall only
Class 2 – Residential areas with light foot traffic, like an ensuite.
Class 3 – Busier residential floors such as a hall or kitchens.
Class 4 – Floor coverings in areas that are subject to considerable traffic, house entrances & commercial spaces such as restaurants.
Class 5 – Capable of withstanding heavy commercial foot traffic.
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