A Guide to Buying Ceramic Tiles
Quality, style, tradition: these are the elements that characterize ceramic tiles. A choice that today is really wide: monocottura (single-fired), bicottura (double-fired), terracotta, klinker and grès (or porcelain stoneware).
New techniques allow to match ceramic and other materials (metal, glass, wood) for surfaces that present fresh solutions and sensations of matter. Enamelwares further force limits and they interpretate stones, metals and wood, with avant-garde in virtuosity.
The porcelain stoneware, without enamelware, does not back out of visual games: silk-screen printing, decorated appliqués, special finishings.
The variety of grouts transforms the joints between ceramic tiles in another decorative elements. The shapes go further the usual geometries: polygonal figures and with complex or moulded profile.
As regard to dimensions, we can find one meter long slabs and also some centimetre tesseras.
A wide choice of colours, shapes and dimensions are offered to which decided to use ceramic tiles as covering material. Ceramic tiles are fit for satisfying the most sophisticated tastes and the most alternative uses.
Choosing the right ceramic tiles for your floors and walls is a very important decision. Tiles cannot be easily replaced or changed like we usually do with clothing, so once tiles are installed they become our inseparable companions for years.
First of all, ceramic tiles must satisfy functional needs.
It is fundamental to choose tiles with technical properties that best suit the specific requirements of every room of the house. Before going into further detail, there are some features that should be understood: frost resistance, slip resistance, water absorption and abrasion resistance.
QP provides its users with extensive information sections with helpful tools to choose the right tiles: Materials, Sizes, Laying Methods, Cleaning.
Choosing the right tiles should also satisfy aesthetical needs.
Floor and wall covering should be chosen according to the design of the rest of the furniture, to the volume of the area to the tiled and the type of light. There are no fixed rules in choosing the best looking tiles, so designs and patterns can depend on personal taste; however, when buying ceramic tiles, it could be useful to have a rough idea about the type of furniture of the room to be tiled.
QP offers a wide selection of the best tiles available on the market divided according to the intended environments (Bathrooms, Kitchens, Indoors and Outdoors), a section displaying News and Trends in the tiling sector and an extensive catalogue with all the major manufacturing companies.
Choosing the best tiles for your walls and floors cannot start and end with a website. It is very important you have the opportunity to touch the tiles and see how they look in bright locations. Once you have chosen the tiles that best suit your needs, it would be helpful to visit your nearest showroom and see how the tiles look like when they are laid before making your order. QP offers an extensive list of showrooms located in Italy and divided according to regions and provinces.