Top Tile Tips for First-Timers [Part 4] - Are All Tiles Created Equal?
Gather ‘round children, because today we're going to learn about the different types of tile quality. Ever looked at two ~seemingly identical~ tiles and wondered why one is $10m2 and the other is $85m2? (hint: it's because I'm saving up for a trip to Greece and this job pays peanuts).
Kidding! Like clothes, cars, and boyfriends; tiles also have different levels of quality. They are, in order:
- Beau, from my Grade 7 disco
Yep, “Commercial” grade tiles are actually the lowest quality tiles you can buy, despite the deceptive name!
So how does this work?
First Grade/“Standard” Grade: The tiles have been inspected for colour, consistency and quality from a distance of 3 feet. And they look fab. 10/10. The friggen best. The end.
Second Grade/“Commercial” Grade: The tiles have been inspected from a distance of 10 feet. Second grade tiles can be irregular in size, thickness or colours, even if they are all from the same batch.
Everyone wants a bargain, but consider; a decent looking but low quality tile that is $15m2, versus a first-grade tile at, say, $30m2. You might need 10m2 for your bathroom floor and walls. Is it worth it to spend that extra $150, rather than live with the poor quality tile for the next 20 years (if it even holds up that long?). Another issue with low quality tiles is due to their irregular size you can end up wasting a lot more than your standard 10% - which is going to cost you more in the long run.
As Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father of America and all-round savvy tile shopper once said:
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten”
Fancy, ye olde speak for "You get what you pay for."
Do I need to spend $80m2 for good quality floor tiles?
Nope! Luckily for you clever ducks, all tiles sold at Concept Tiles Toowoomba are “First Grade” only, and we have tiles ranging from $25m2 - allll the way up to $200m2!
Your home is an investment. Your tile is an investment. If you are willing to compromise on quality for the sake of cost, know what you're getting into.
You can read more about the various factors which contribute to the quality and price of tiles here.
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