5 "Silly" Questions People Ask Us When Buying Tile (That Actually Matter!)

5 "Silly" Questions People Ask Us When Buying Tile (That Actually Matter!)

Posted by That Tile Lady on Jun 16th 2023

 Purchasing tiles for your home can be an exciting yet daunting task. With countless options available in terms of colors, materials, sizes, and patterns, it's natural to have questions. However, some queries might seem trivial or even silly at first glance. But guess what? These seemingly insignificant questions can have a significant impact on your tile selection and overall satisfaction with your purchase. In this blog post, we'll explore five "silly" questions people ask when buying tiles that actually hold value and deserve thoughtful consideration. 

1. "Can I use this tile for my bathroom floor and walls?" 

This question might appear basic, but it's crucial to ask. Not all tiles are suitable for both floors and walls. The differences lie in their durability, slip resistance, and maintenance requirements. Floor tiles typically have higher slip resistance to ensure safety, whereas wall tiles focus more on aesthetics. Insider tip- Any floor tile can be used on the wall, while most tiles labeled as "wall tile" should not be used on the floor. This means you have double the options when it comes to wall tile applications! 

Bathroom using all "floor tile"

2. "Will this tile stain easily?" 

While many tiles claim to be stain-resistant, it's essential to dig deeper. Certain factors like porosity, glaze type, and material can influence a tile's susceptibility to staining. By understanding the tile's resistance to spills, chemicals, and common household agents like wine or coffee, you can make an informed decision that aligns with your lifestyle and cleaning habits. 

3. "How slippery is this tile when wet?" 

The last thing anyone wants is a slippery floor, especially in areas prone to moisture like bathrooms or kitchens. Even if you love the look of a particular tile, it's crucial to inquire about its slip resistance. The coefficient of friction (COF) rating indicates a tile's traction when wet. Lower COF values imply a higher risk of slipping. By asking this seemingly "silly" question, you can prioritize safety and choose tiles that minimize the chances of accidents. Remember- most polished or glossy tiles, even if suitable for the floor, become slippery when wet. 

4. "What's the best grout color for this tile?" 

Grout color might seem insignificant compared to the tile itself, but it can significantly impact the overall appearance of your tiled surface. People often overlook this aspect and choose a generic color without considering how it will enhance or detract from the tile's design. By seeking guidance on the ideal grout color, you can create a cohesive look or even accentuate the tile's pattern, giving your space a polished finish. Pro tip- Darker isn't always easier to maintain! Ultra dark grout can often show more dirt, grime, dust, and soap scum than lighter options. 

5. "Can this tile handle heavy foot traffic?" 

This question is particularly relevant for high-traffic areas such as entryways, hallways, or commercial spaces. Tiles vary in terms of their durability and wear resistance. While some might be suitable for low-traffic residential spaces, they may not withstand the constant wear and tear of busy environments. By asking about a tile's durability and intended usage, you can ensure that your chosen tile will withstand the demands of your specific space. 

 In the quest for the perfect tiles, no question is too silly to ask. While it's easy to dismiss some inquiries as trivial, these seemingly insignificant questions can have a profound impact on your tile selection. By seeking answers to these questions, you can make informed decisions, save yourself from potential disappointments, and ultimately choose tiles that meet your functional and aesthetic requirements. So, go ahead and ask those "silly" questions – your dream tile awaits! 

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