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Ceramic tiles are made from either red or white clay and are glazed on top. They are fired through a kiln for a short period of time. Porcelain tiles are made from different minerals that are mixed together to give a highly durable,non pourus material. Porcelain tiles have many technical characteristics which allow them to be used in all foot area’s in modern society.

Tiles are the perfect material for a floor space that needs to combine beauty with durability and practicality. They’re hard, smooth, tough, waterproof and easy to clean while being cheap, light, versatile and aesthetically pleasing. Thanks to modern technology and techniques, they’re available in a huge variety of shapes, sizes, colours, thicknesses and designs and can be specially optimised for use in different areas of your home. Tiles are among the most versatile and practical of all building and decorating materials. View our beautiful range of tiles here for yourself

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Using large tiles in a small area gives the illusion of space, and means you need less grout. Smaller tiles can be by turns intimate and cosy, or compelling and complex. Different sizes and shapes can radically alter the look of any area of your home. Tile Design’s expert staff will help you get an idea of how your finished area will look by laying out different tiles so you can see the overall effect, whether it’s fashionable new hexagons, tiny Romanesque mosaics, smooth, sleek marble or limestone tiles, enormous shining one-metre slabs or anything in between. Whether you’re working to a budget or whether money’s no option, the only limits are your floor plan and your imagination.

Solid wood is wood flooring in its most natural form, straight from lumber to board, cut and shaped until it’s smooth and regular enough to fit almost any room. Some woods are harder than others, which must be taken into account when you’re selecting this type of floor. Some are well suited for high traffic areas – particularly hard, heavy woods like oak or cherry – while others, such as pine, are lighter and cheaper, and better suited to parts of your home which may not have so much traffic or be expected to face the weight and scratches of lots of furniture moving back and forth.

Semi-solid engineered wood is constructed of multiple layers of cross-grain wood, which are then bonded together during manufacturing before being finished with a 3mm-6mm solid wood layer on top. This gives them exceptional strength as well as all the natural beauty of a wide array of woods, from oak to cherry to walnut to beech to ash to pine. The top layer is natural wood, and so needs to be treated with respect and care, as would any wooden floor.

Laminate flooring is best suited to high-traffic areas as it’s scratch resistant (semi-solid and solid woods aren’t, although most can be repaired if you damage them). This makes it the perfect material for areas which will be expected to handle a of traffic and take a lot of wear and tear. The layer of laminate provides protection against damage, and these days the quality, styling and design of laminate floors is remarkable. Modern laminate flooring is often indistinguishable from solid wood except for its durability

Laminate flooring does well in high-traffic areas or in bedrooms, whereas semi-solid woods look great in a sitting or dining room. When selecting wooden flooring for particular areas of your home, it’s best to plan ahead and take into account what the material will be expected to deal with. Tile Design’s experts can give you any advice you need to make sure you don’t end up with the wrong material in the wrong place but our huge range of options means you’ll never have to sacrifice beauty for durability or price.

Wood is one of nature’s best insulators, and will never conduct heat as well as a tiled floor would. However, Tile Design can offer mineral floors which look almost identical to wood and are well suited to underfloor heating as well as more conductive laminate or semi-solid wood floors which can be designed to carry heat far more effectively than solid wood.

For a pristine, long-lasting finish, it’s important to keep your carpet clean by vacuuming regularly, soaking up any spillages as soon as they happen and moving furniture around to prevent dents.

the answer is yes, you can lay carpet tiles over existing carpets. There are, however, several considerations.

If the existing carpets are worn down in certain areas, the tiles on top of the carpet may sink. Another potential issue is the carpet tiles sitting too high underneath the door for the door to close. For these reasons, it’s often easier to remove the old carpet.

In a commercial environment, if carpet tiles are well looked after – they can last up to 20 years with some maintenance.