Frequently Asked Questions

What should you know about tiles?

1. What type of tiles are there

Porcelain Tiles:

  • What is the main difference between porcelain and ceramic tiles?
  • Porcelain tiles are denser and more durable than ceramic tiles, making them ideal for high-traffic areas. They are commonly used in kitchens, bathrooms, and outdoor spaces due to their resistance to moisture, stains, and wear.

Ceramic Tiles:

  • How do ceramic tiles differ from porcelain tiles?
  • Ceramic tiles are less dense and more porous than porcelain tiles. They are suitable for indoor use and offer diverse design options. Commonly used in kitchens, bathrooms, and living areas for their aesthetic appeal and versatility.

Natural Stone Tiles:

  • What characterizes natural stone tiles?
  • Natural stone tiles, such as marble, granite, and limestone, offer unique patterns and colors, providing a natural and timeless aesthetic. They are commonly used in bathrooms, kitchens, and living areas for their luxurious look and feel.


  • How are pavers different from regular tiles?
  • Pavers are thicker and sturdier tiles designed for outdoor use. Ideal for pathways, driveways, and patios, providing durability against external elements. They are commonly used outdoors for landscaping and hardscaping projects.

Wood Effect Tiles:

  • What are wood effect tiles?
  • Wood effect tiles mimic the appearance of real wood but offer the durability and easy maintenance of ceramic or porcelain tiles. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Commonly used in living rooms, kitchens, and outdoor decks for a warm and natural look.

Feature Tiles:

  • What are feature tiles used for?
  • Feature tiles are decorative tiles that add visual interest to a space. Used to create focal points, accent walls, or unique design elements in kitchens, bathrooms, and living areas, enhancing the overall aesthetic appeal.

Quartz Tiles:

  • What distinguishes quartz tiles from other types of tiles?
  • Quartz tiles are engineered tiles made from natural quartz crystals and resin. Known for durability, low maintenance, and a uniform appearance. Commonly used in kitchens, bathrooms, and commercial spaces for their resilience and modern aesthetic.

Mosaic Tiles:

  • How are mosaic tiles different from standard tiles?
  • Mosaic tiles are small, often square or hexagonal, tiles assembled to create intricate patterns. Versatile and used for functional and decorative purposes in bathrooms, kitchens, and as backsplash accents, adding artistic flair to the space.


2. What are all types of finishes available?

Polished Finish:

Polished finishes create a glossy, reflective surface, making them ideal for indoor spaces like living rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms. However, they may be prone to slipping when wet, so caution is needed in areas like bathrooms.
Matt Finish:

Matte finishes provide a non-reflective, smooth surface, making them suitable for high-traffic areas like kitchens, bathrooms, and entryways. They are also a good choice for outdoor spaces, as they don’t show dirt and scuff marks as easily.
Textured Finish:

Textured finishes add grip and are ideal for areas where slip resistance is crucial, such as bathrooms, kitchens, and outdoor spaces. They are practical for both residential and commercial settings.
Honed Finish:

Honed finishes offer a smooth, matte surface with a slight sheen. They are suitable for various indoor applications like kitchens, bathrooms, and living areas, providing an elegant and contemporary look.
Polished Glaze Finish:

Polished glaze finishes are commonly used for ceramic and porcelain tiles. They are suitable for interior walls and floors, offering a sleek and sophisticated appearance.
Lappato Finish:

Lappato finishes combine a matte and polished look, providing a textured appearance without being too glossy. They are versatile and can be used in various indoor spaces like living rooms and kitchens.
Antique Finish:

Antique finishes mimic the worn appearance of aged surfaces, providing a rustic and timeless look. They are suitable for spaces where a vintage or traditional aesthetic is desired, such as kitchens, bathrooms, and living rooms.
Glossy Finish:

Glossy finishes are reflective and add a shiny, polished look. They are commonly used for decorative purposes on walls in kitchens, bathrooms, and living rooms. However, caution is needed in areas prone to moisture.
Polished Porcelain Finish:

Suitable For: Polished porcelain finishes offer a reflective surface and are suitable for indoor spaces like bathrooms and kitchens. They provide a luxurious and modern aesthetic.

3. What is a rectified tile

A rectified tile is a type of tile that has undergone precision cutting and grinding, ensuring that all sides are exactly the same size and the corners are perfectly square. This process results in tiles with crisp, clean edges and precise dimensions. Rectified tiles are commonly used in modern designs, where a uniform and seamless appearance is desired. The rectification process allows for tight grout joints, creating a sleek and sophisticated look in both floor and wall installations.

4. Is it possible to install tiles over existing tiles?

Yes, it is generally possible to install new tiles over existing tiles. However, it’s crucial to assess the condition of the existing tiles, ensure they are firmly adhered to the substrate, and check for any damage or irregularities. Proper surface preparation, including cleaning and roughening the existing tiles, may be necessary to promote better adhesion. Additionally, using a suitable adhesive and following manufacturer recommendations is essential for a successful installation. It’s recommended to consult with a professional installer or contractor to evaluate the specific conditions of your project and ensure a durable and long-lasting result.

5. How can tiles be cut and drilled through?

Cutting Tiles:

  • Use a tile cutter, tile saw, or an angle grinder equipped with a diamond-cutting blade.
  • Measure and mark the cutting line on the tile’s surface.
  • Secure the tile in place on a stable surface.
  • Operate the cutting tool along the marked line, applying gentle pressure.
  • For intricate cuts, consider using nippers or a wet saw for more precision.

Drilling Through Tiles:

  • Choose a carbide-tipped masonry drill bit for drilling.
  • Mark the spot on the tile where you want to drill.
  • Place a small piece of masking tape over the drilling area to prevent the drill bit from slipping.
  • Start drilling at a slow speed, gradually increasing the speed as you progress.
  • Use a continuous flow of water or a lubricant to cool the drill bit and minimize dust.
  • Drill through the tile with steady and even pressure.

6. Is it possible to paint the tiles?

Certainly! Tiles can be painted to give them a fresh look or match a new color scheme. Ensure proper surface preparation by cleaning and sanding the tiles. Use a high-quality primer and paint designed for tiles, and apply thin, even coats. Allow sufficient drying time between coats, and consider adding a protective sealant for durability. Keep in mind that painted tiles may require occasional touch-ups, and the finish should be suitable for the specific tile material.