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Tiles: Our wall and floor tile buying guide

Which tiles are right for you?

Ceramic Tiles

Ceramic tiles are the most popular choice in tiling. A Key benefit of ceramic tiles is that they don’t need to be sealed after they’ve been fixed in place. They are available in a huge range of designs, colours and effects as well as a variety of sizes. They are cost-effective tile choice as they are east to maintain and clean.

Porcelain Tiles

These are made in a similar way to ceramic tiles, porcelain tiles are more durable and hard-wearing and are therefore suitable for more heavy traffic areas, such as kitchens and living rooms. Some porcelain tiles are frost proof and can be used outside, always check the packaging for details. Porcelain tiles are suitable for walls, but as they are heavier than ceramic tiles, you need to be sure that the wall structure can withstand the weight. Porcelain can be finished either glazed, unglazed or polished.


Glass that’s been cut, colours and hand finished can be fashioned into a wide range of styles, shapes, textures and colours to make an exciting range of wall tiles suitable for use in living spaces, kitchens and bathrooms. Glass tiles naturally reflect light, which can give the illusion of depth. Glass tiles require specialist cutters, as they can be difficult to cut.

Marble Tiles

A natural option that’s perfect for creating individual and characterful bathroom designs, marble tiles come polished with a high-shine finish as with travertine, every tile is unique. Used throughout the ages to provide a feeling of cleanliness, opulence and luxury, marble is a timeless classic that will never go out of fashion.

Metal Tiles

A super contemporary option that will fit into minimalist and modern design schemes, metal tiles come in a huge variety of tiles and patterns.

Here at Thompson & Parkes we are happy to guide you through our range of tiles, giving you the complete look you want. Just pop into one of our stores or give us a call, we’re always happy to help.

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