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How much tile do I need?

Updated: Aug 26, 2021

Starting on a floor project might be daunting as there are many unknowns. How much tile do I need? What tiles should I get? Which contractor should I engage with? Read on to find out more as we try our bests to help you answer your questions.

Estimate the amount of tiles needed

For every floor project, we need to estimate the amount of tiles you need. It is simply the square footage of the room and an additional 5% for waste. For example, a typical 4-room BTO main bedroom has a square footage of 150. Add 5% to account for the times when the tile chips and needs a replacement, you need 157.5 sqft of tiles. If a carton of tiles holds 10 sqft, you need 16 cartons to cover the area.

The 5% waste includes any unforeseen accidents or damages to the tiles while installing which requires immediate replacement. Also, it includes odd areas where a full tile is unable to fit and requires cutting on site.

Types of tiles

We've also summarised some popular tiles used for flooring in Singapore residential and commercial units below:

  1. Glazed Ceramic Tiles Often used in kitchens and bathrooms, you can't go wrong with ceramic tiles. These tiles have a solid and hard surface which prevents dirt or dust from being trapped. They are very durable and are impervious to stains, making them easy to clean and maintain. There are also many design options in the market to suit your home needs.

  2. Porcelain Tiles Porcelain tiles are known for its strength, durability and are even more water-resistant than ceramic tiles. They are made from high-quality components and exudes beauty as they are highly diverse. The flooring comes in a wide range of aesthetically pleasing appearances.

  3. Homogeneous Tiles Homogeneous tiles are a type of ceramic tile made of fine porcelain clays but fired at much higher temperatures than ceramic tile. These tiles are very durable and are not porous, allowing them to have high levels of stain resistance. Since they are less prone to stains, homogenous tiles are a popular choice among home owners. For a minimalistic look, homogenous tiles can be used for floors and walls.

  4. Mosaic Tiles Mosaic tiles are decorative and are created by assembling tiny pieces of tiles. They offer a visual pop when used in any room. One advantage is that they are versatile and can be used in many designs. They are also durable and low-maintenance, making them a good option for kitchens and bathrooms alike.

  5. Vinyl Being a 100% waterproof surface, vinyl flooring is one of the most popular flooring choices for kitchens and homes with pets. The durability, appearance and affordability of vinyl makes it an option worth considering.

  6. Natural Stone A popular natural option to give your home an elegant and premium element. The appearance of space and glamour that natural stone provides is unparalleled. It requires routine maintenance or sealing and is more susceptible to stains as natural stone is fairly porous compared to other tiles such as ceramic or porcelain tiles.

Still can't decide which type of tile to go for? Drop us a call or a message. We are a team of friendly, dedicated and experienced tilers and we hope that we can answer your queries to the best of our ability.


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