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Tile Association chairman shares thoughts on new floor trends

Ian Kershaw, chairman of The Tile Association, recently shared his thoughts on the latest trends in floors.

He said there has been a growth in underfloor heating installations, which can be either electric or wet systems that are part of the central heating system. There are many advantages of underfloor heating. They free up space, are economical to run and are clean. Developments in screed panel technology makes then easy to install.

Tiles with geometric patterns and textures are popular. There is also a trend for porcelain tiles that resemble wood. These come in a variety of hues to look like woods such as teak and oak Compared to wooden floors, they are easier to clean and are long lasting.

New inkjet technology has made it possible to produce tiles with metallic-effects and high lustrous glazes.

Natural stone tiles are growing in popularity though they can be more difficult to fit due to the varying thickness of natural stone.

There is a trend for large format tiles such as 315 by 1,000 mm. Many of these tiles are only 3mm thick, which means that they are not heavy, making them simple to install.

Ian Kershaw said:

“The tiling market continues to show great diversity and innovation, reflecting the fact that, while providing a highly practical floorcovering, it is at the same time a fashion-driven sector.”

If you are installing solid flooring in your Cheshire, Wirral or North Wales property, then tiles are a great choice for floor covering.

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