Tips from an Architect: What Type of Tiles Should You Get?

Architect Oliver Austria shares some tips in a vlog on what type of tiles should you get for your home.

Choosing the Right Tiles Can Save Your Life

It might sound like a joke when architect Oliver said, “Knowing the correct tiles could save your life.

However, the statement is actually not a line from a movie but real advice!

Did you know that you can actually get hurt if you choose tiles that are too slippery? Those are definitely a no-no in the bathroom, kitchen, and other high-traffic areas in your home, particularly places that can get wet easily.

5 Tips from an Architect to Help You Choose Tiles

Tips from an Architect
Photo credit: Architect Oliver Austria

Research on the Types You Need

For most homeowners, choosing the right tiles is based on the design they like to have on the floor. But that’s not how you should do it because floor tiles are actually made from different materials.

Marble and granite tiles look grand and are the most longer-lasting, but they’re also very expensive and require special installation.

Ceramic tiles are much cheaper than these options and porcelain but they’re porous and can easily break if not installed properly.

Choose the Right Size

The bigger the tiles, the bigger your place might look. It’s part of an optical illusion. However, bigger tiles can be more challenging to install.

If not done correctly, you’ll end up with an unstable floor that makes a sound, and tiles that could eventually break.

Glazed vs. Unglazed Tiles: Anti-slip Tiles are a Better Choice

Architect Oliver explains that although glazed tiles are stain-resistant and more durable, they can also be more slippery.

When in Doubt, Ask

At the hardware, you see so many tile options and cute designs that it’s easy to make the wrong choice.

If you aren’t sure, ask the store attendant or, better yet, your architect for advice.

Hire a Professional

Tiles can cost a lot. You won’t just pay for the tiles but also for the other materials, including cement, sand, tile adhesive, labor costs, etc.

So, you want to avoid costly mistakes, too. It’s best to hire a professional to do the job.

Watch Architect Oliver’s video here:

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