What to consider when shopping for tiles in Perth

Keep these facts in mind when browsing for tiles in Perth

There are so many benefits when using tiles in your home. They are durable, come in a variety of options and require less maintenance. If you’re thinking about replacing carpet with tiles, you need to remember tile shopping is a lot more than just picking out your favourite colour or style.

To help transform your home, here are some handy tips to keep in mind when shopping for tiles in Perth.

On every box of tiles, you will notice that there are rating categories, four or five to be exact. If you’re buying glazed tiles, there will be five categories and if it’s unglazed tiles, you’ll see four categories. Any time you’re getting ready to buy tiles, be sure to read the label. Look for a given tile’s grade, PEI rating, water absorption, coefficient of friction, frost safety and tone. These elements will basically tell you whether you’re buying high quality tile products or not.


A tile will have a grade from one to three, with one being the highest quality. A grade two tile is not much different to grade one. The only difference is pricing, as it is less expensive than its first-grade counterpart. Grade three tiles are more suitable for walls as they are not durable enough for foot traffic. If you want to buy tiles in Perth, especially for flooring, a grade two will be fine.

PEI rating

PEI stands for Porcelain and Enamel Institute’s wear rating, and when shopping for tiles, you need to pay careful attention to this. PEI rates a glazed tile’s ability to resist abrasion and its suitability as a floor tile. Only glazed tiles will contain a PEI rating category. If you’re looking for floor tiling, then choose a tile with a PEI rating of III. It offers resistance to wear and is appropriate for residential use.

Water absorption

Another important category to consider when you’re looking at tiles in Perth stores is its water absorption rate. This rating will tell you if a tile you’re considering is the right tile to use in a wet area or outdoors. There are four categories in the water absorption rating and they’re expressed as a name and percentage of water absorbed by a tile. If the rating is between 3 and 7%, then it is more suitable for dry, indoor areas.

Coefficient or friction

Abbreviated as C.O.F, a tile’s coefficient of friction refers to a tile’s natural resistance. Lower C.O.F. numbers indicate less friction and the floor will provide less traction. Higher C.O.F. numbers indicate that a floor will be less slippery. A C.O.F. greater than .50 is recommended for homes and a C.O.F. greater than .60 is required for commercial applications.

Frost and tone

Frost is a simple rating and it tells you whether a tile can withstand the freeze-thaw cycle outdoors. If you’re using a tile indoors, this rating will not matter. Tone only applies when there is intentional variation from tile to tile. If you’re looking for a tile with a consistent colour, then a toned tile is not for you. That category is definitely something to look for if you’re looking at single tile samples.

Now that you have some insider knowledge, you’re ready to go shopping for tiles in Perth.

For tiles that ticks off all these categories, contact Odin Ceramics today.

Keeping up with tile transformations

Seven tile trends to use in your home

Since 1977, Odin Ceramics has been one of the leading floor and wall tile specialists in Perth, always keeping up to date with various tile trends. For the rest of 2016, we’ll take a look at some of the evolving trends to help with your home makeover. Get ready for some unique designs and colour.

Whether your style is dark and dramatic or clean and minimalist, there’s a tile design for everyone. For example, if you’re adverse to designs that draw attention and prefer the classics, then the wood-like trend may just be up your alley.

Wood-like tile

This wood-like design is like the Little Black Dress of tiles; while the designs have changed over the years, it’s a classic trend that has been established as a firm favourite. These tile patterns have evolved, allowing you to choose a pattern like the trendy herringbone.

Mix and match

Tile companies are making use of fragmented patterns on tiles, to add some vibrant hues and create a kaleidoscope effect. If you’re feeling adventurous, use this for your bathroom to make the morning routine a bit more bearable.

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Brick house

When you think of exposed brick, New York apartments and old warehouses spring to mind. As retro makes a comeback, brick-look tiles have emerged as the industry’s favourite. The designs come in different shapes and styles, from polished to rustic, allowing you to choose one that reflects your décor.

Ocean vibes

The colour palette of greens and blues is a popular choice, and is perfect if you’re looking for that burst of colour in your home. If you’re feeling a little eccentric, use different shades of blue and green, to bring the ocean into your home.


Jump into the future with 3D designs. The light and shadow effects of 3D tiles create a unique and dynamic look. Wave, grid or diamonds; whatever pattern or colour you choose, the room will literally pop.


Another modern design is small glass tiles, which have become fashionable in mosaic patterns. It can be used on a large scale project or a single feature wall. Don’t be afraid to mix it up by using different colours and types of glass.


As in fashion, the chevron trend won’t let up and has seamlessly translated into décor. The pattern, which consists of ‘v’ shapes, is unique and attractive and can be used on floors and walls. The great thing about Chevron is that while it is the hottest trend everywhere, it will never go out of style.

Remember to choose a trend that best suits your personality and the décor in your home.

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