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FLOORING

Did you know that Australian Standards for flooring in wet areas specify a non-slip tile so your bathroom tile will need to meet these requirements?

Waterproofing requirements vary in each state, so make sure you know what’s required when renovating in Sydney or Melbourne. But remember, at any point, we are here to help you with answers.

It’s important to keep in mind

how much time would be required to complete a different flooring option, how it will interact with other flooring in your home, and impact on the household.
In a kitchen renovation, it is essential to review your flooring, especially if you plan to change the layout or remove walls. Older homes may also often have sagging floor joists or other damage that needs rectifying at the same time as you renovate, to ensure the integrity of the installation of items such as tiles, joinery and stone benchtops. Professional, unbiased advice is crucial.
In a kitchen renovation, a new floor is essential if you plan to change the layout or remove walls. Here are a few options you should consider when renovating:

Floating floors

These days there is an almost overwhelming range of floating and ‘stuck-down’ floors. From timber veneers, to hybrids, laminates and vinyl, the choices are endless. In most cases it is best if the new floor is installed after the installation of the joinery, as a newly installed floor is at its softest when first installed, so it may settle and move. So, it’s best to work on a raw floor rather than the finished floor. It will be laid after the cabinetry is installed, followed by kickboards.

Solid timber floors

Generally laid before the installation of cabinetry but polished at the end. The kickboards are then installed. Hardwoods such as oak or maple are recommended for solid timber flooring.

Concrete floors

Can look amazing but need to be installed before final finishes to ensure that nothing is damaged. It takes approximately 10 days for a concrete floor to cure and set.

There are many details to consider, that’s why working with experts will make your life easier and simplify the process for you.

Tiles

Durable, strong, easy to clean, wear well, and most have great moisture resistance. Floor tiles are generally installed before the cabinetry is installed, for the best visual outcome, and to safeguard from vermin. Larger tiles work well in all areas, as small tiles can make a space look too busy. Large-format (600mm square and larger) tiles require less grout than smaller mosaics, meaning less maintenance.  Large-format tiles usually recommended for most flooring applications.

Some important aspects to keep in mind when it comes to tiles:

Ceramic, porcelain, and terracotta tiles

They are all fired clay, usually with a glaze, which ensures that the tiles will look the same almost indefinitely. Very resilient and generally highly scratch and stain resistant. Although they are resilient, tiles may be more difficult to fix than other options should they crack or chip. It is therefore essential to choose a good quality tile to lower the risk of damage, and retain a good number as extras, just in case.
It is also important to order extras, especially where tiles are to be installed around joinery (as opposed to wall to wall), in case the footprint of the joinery ever needs to be changed.
May be glazed to appear like timber, stone, or concrete. Tile grout may also be susceptible to staining so tiler needs to select the correct type of grout for the application. Sealing the grout may even be recommended in certain applications. Ceramic and porcelain are the most common choices for kitchen splashback tiles and bathroom walls and floors. Porcelain tiles are virtually non-porous and, being much tougher than ceramic tiles, are more expensive.

Natural stone tiles

Include slate, limestone, travertine, marble, and granite. These tiles are not glazed and are the same colour throughout, so chips and scratches can happen but may be less noticeable than ceramic tiles. Granite, travertine, and slate are denser and less porous than limestone and marble and are generally stronger than ceramic varieties. Granite and slate, however, can still stain so refinish them every one to two years.
Bathroom floor tiles help tie a bathroom renovation together. The use of feature tiles, by way of a strip to a whole feature wall, add interest and beauty to the space. It is also a way to add the style you select to your bathroom, be it contemporary or traditional.
Smaller floor tiles with a pattern can make a bathroom look roomy, while larger tiles in lighter shades for the walls make the room appear larger. Clients have many options to consider.