Ceramic tiles - the most common finishing material used in the decoration of bathrooms, toilets, kitchen facilities.
Such popularity is due to strength and aesthetic appearance.
At present, ceramics has manyVarieties, so making a choice is sometimes very difficult: it depends not only on the designer's intentions, but also on technical characteristics, as well as the economic component.
Manufacturers of ceramic tiles
Among foreign countries in the production of thisThe material is undoubtedly the leading Spain and Italy. There are factories such as Fap, Imola, Bestile, Ceracasa, Baldocer (Spain) and many others. Among the Russian brands are the leading Shakhtinskaya tile, Contact, Lira-ceramics, Velor, Sokol, Cersanit, etc.
Ceramic tiles in the familiar form we know from the time of Alexander of Macedon, but the tradition of finishing the walls with pieces of ceramics - mosaic - appeared several millennia before it.
Domestic tiles are the most affordable - itsThe cost starts from 190 rubles per square meter. Overseas starts from 800 rubles, for example, the Blancos collection from Ape Ceramica. The price range depends on the design, fashion, materials and manufacturing method. Now the most popular imitation of textures for metal, velvet and other textiles, leather and animal wool. As for the materials, traditionally the most expensive tile is made manually from white clay, which does not change the tone of the glaze after baking - all the colors in the figure are clean.
How to choose a wall tile
Choose the wall material for wallsFrom the calculation of the required quantity. To do this, calculate the area of the surface to be treated and add 10% to it, taking into account the battle and the replacement of scrap. From the received number and it is necessary to proceed at purchase of a tile of the concrete size. Ideally, it is worthwhile to draw a diagram of the wall, having planned the number of rows and the location of the tiles.
In the bathroom and toilet all the finishingMaterials should be water resistant, so for it you should choose a glazed wall tile. In the kitchen, this property is required only when the apron is cladded - the rest of the area can be covered with tiles without glaze. This material should also be selected taking into account the color design of the entire room, used textures, the general design of the room.
Choosing a specific collection, evaluate its quality: Accurate gauge, geometry, smoothness of the surface, uniform color. All tiles should be from the same lot, otherwise you risk not getting into the tone. To the background, select decorative inserts, borders and related materials.
For the kitchen apron and the walls of the bathroom isChoose tiles III and IV classes of hardness glaze. I-III classes are not designed for the permanent effect of water and detergents. In just 2-3 years the glaze will be covered with a web of cracks.
How to save on tiles
The best way to save money is to buy a tileDirectly from the manufacturer or from his authorized supplier. If you want to place a small room, wait for a sale in a large construction store, there is always an opportunity to buy elite tiles at democratic prices. However, you can buy the remains of several collections and decorate a large area in the styles of eclectic or patchwork, which are now very popular.