Frequently asked questions about how to choose floor and wall tiles for your home.

What are ceramic tiles made from?

Ceramic tiles are a mixture of clay and natural minerals, which go through a kiln-firing process at extremely high temperatures. Ceramic tiles can be used both for floor and wall surfaces, and have one of the longest life cycles of any flooring product currently available on the market today. Ceramic tiles offer very good scratch and dent resistance, and are very easy to clean. They don’t require any sealing or waxing, and almost no maintenance is needed compared to natural stone or wood floors. These tiles can be used in any area of the home, but are particularly popular in bathrooms.

Are porcelain tiles durable?

Yes, absolutely. Porcelain actually belongs to the ceramic category and its durability is indexed by a PEI rating between one and five. The higher the rating, the more durable the material is. Porcelain tends to be more durable than ceramic because it is a much denser material. Because they are so durable, porcelain tiles are ideal for use in both interior and outdoor spaces. They have a great resistance to scratches and are available in a wide range of textures, including natural stone, marble and timber appearance. They are also available in matte and polished finishes, as well as a range of colours and styles

I want to tile my living room floor. Can you help?

Yes, absolutely. We stock an exclusive range of floor tiles. In fact, at Groove Tiles & Stone, we source the very best quality products from Italy and Spain, including large format full body porcelain floor tiles. These can be used for both indoor and outdoor living spaces. We also have a beautiful range of timber look tiles, which are perfect for the Queenslander style home. If you would like some help selecting the right living room floor tiles, we recommend that you come in and see us at either our Brisbane or Gold Coast tile shop. Our team will be able to advise you on the best options for your particular needs, and show you some samples of the products that we have in stock.

Can you help me choose bathroom tiles?

Yes, absolutely. Our team is happy to help you design your bathroom with the use of our unique bathroom wall and floor tiles. We have a variety of options for you to choose from, including large format floor and wall tiles, mosaics, subway tiles and a beautiful selection of natural stone options. We offer bathroom tiles to suit any budget, whether you are looking to complete a quick renovation or start a dream project from scratch. We recommend that you come into one of our showrooms so that we can show you some samples and discuss your particular design needs.

What tiles should I use for a splashback?

In today’s modern home, the kitchen is often the focal point, and the right choice of kitchen splashback can really transform your kitchen from ordinary to amazing. Our team at Groove Tiles & Stone can help you to co-ordinate your kitchen cupboards and bench top with a suitable kitchen splashback tile, which will be sure to impress. When it comes to choosing the right tiles for your kitchen splashback, we have an extensive range of options, including a full selection of mosaic tiles, subway tiles, and handmade look tiles in various shapes, colours, sizes and 3D designs. All of these are great options for a splashback.

What sort of feature tiles do you offer?

If you are looking for a way to highlight a special space, you might be interested in creating a feature wall. We have a range of products that are suitable for this purpose, whether you want to transform an indoor or outdoor area. Some of the designs that we offer for this type of project include natural stone and porcelain cladding, 3D designs, radical shaped mosaics, handcrafted glazed brick shaped tiles and even some unique metal look tiles. We have a great selection of decorative tiles that are well suited to creating a feature wall or floor, and stock options to suit most interior design styles.

Do you offer pool tiles?

Yes, absolutely. We offer an exclusive range of pool tiles, including a collection of Spanish glass mosaic tiles in fresh summer colours. We are also able to manufacture custom edging for your pool surrounds, including bullnose and round edge coping tiles. It is possible to match these up with any of our external tile or natural stone products. If you need help finding the right pool tiles for your space, we recommend that you come in and see us so that we can give you some tile samples and provide you with any of the information you might need.  

How do I determine how many tiles I will need for my project?

Here’s a quick guide on how to take measurements:-

Take Area Measurements
Using a measuring tape, measure the length of one side of the room and then the width of the room. If you’re tiling a wall, measure the vertical length and the horizontal width of the wall.

Measuring an odd shaped room
If you are trying to measure a room which has a lot of little nooks or is more than your simple rectangle, try breaking the room up to create 2, 3 or even 4 smaller rectangles.

Multiply Your Measurements
After taking your measurements, multiply the length and width you obtained, which will give you the total square meterage.

For example, if you have a floor which is 4 metres wide and 6 metres long, your calculation will be 24m2 (4 x 6 = 24). Calculate this for every wall and floor area you want tiled and then add all the numbers together.

Calculate Your Overage
As a rule, you should order 15% more tiles than you think you’ll need. It’s important to buy more tiles as you need to factor in any cuts, waste or breaks that may happen over the course of the project. Even if you don’t use them immediately, they may come in handy later.
Whatever your square metreage is, multiply this by 15%.

For example, if I need 24m2 of tiles, 24 x 0.15 = 3.6 (this is your overage).
24 + 3.6 = 27.6m2 (this is how many square metres of tiles that you should expect to purchase). Note, for tiles sold pm2 the quantity will need to be rounded up to the nearest box. Tiles sold individually will need to be rounded up to the nearest full tile.

Do you offer a measure service?

We offer a complimentary measure and quote service. If you would like us to calculate how many tiles you will need simply email your project architectural plans, let us know the tiles you have selected for each area and we will do the measurements for you. 3D Visual Perspective, Floor plan and elevation drawings can also be provided with your confirmed order.

Can you get colour variations between different tile batches?

When it comes to engineered products such as porcelain or ceramic tiles each batch of tiles in the manufacturing process will have a different shade. Depending on the pattern, colour, finish and texture of the tile this shade variation can be minimal or obvious. Therefore, it is a good idea to ensure that you do not mix the batches, particularly in large open areas.

If you need to mix batches to make up the required quantity try to complete separate rooms in the alternative batch, this will be less obvious due to the change in light created by the walls in separate rooms. Tiles used up the skirting or on the walls will also reflect different light to those placed on the floor so this is another trick to minimise obvious batch variation.

For natural stone being a natural product of the earth variation in colours, patterns and veining are a common characteristic of natural stone and part of the reason why it is so special and unique. In fact no two pieces will be the same.

Micro-chipping, shelling and variations in colour, grain structure and veining are to be expected. Unfortunately, no claims will be accepted for return based on such variations. For this reason, it is a good idea to sample more than one piece from the actual stock you will be receiving so that you can see the natural variation. Prior to confirming an order we are happy for our customers to come and view the stock at our warehouse so they can be 100% sure of the product they will be receiving.