keyboard_arrow_upHow to pick the right tiles for your bathroom
keyboard_arrow_downHow to pick the right tiles for your bathroom

Despite ever-changing trends, new technologies and evolutions in taste, an overwhelming majority of homes in South Africa feature tiles in the bathroom. So, what makes them such a popular choice? Are they really the best flooring material? And how do you choose the right tiles for your home?

keyboard_arrow_upTile Africa reports back on the latest international tile and bathroom ware trends
keyboard_arrow_downTile Africa reports back on the latest international tile and bathroom ware trends

Every year, the Tile Africa team travels to Cersaie, the tile and bathroom ware industry exhibition, held in Bologna, Italy. This year the event showcased current and future trends that have or will soon shape the local industry. Some of the top trends spotted at Cersaie 2014 are:

keyboard_arrow_upTiles and bathroom ware for Birchwood Hotel
keyboard_arrow_downTiles and bathroom ware for Birchwood Hotel

Tile Africa Contracts has supplied tiles for the interior and exterior as well as bathroom ware and accessories for the extension to the Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre in Boksburg, Gauteng. The project entailed the expansion of the hotel adding 215 new rooms. Tile Africa Contracts supplied about 2 500 sheets of rustic porcelain mosaics as well as Manchester baths, Sydney wall-hung and Gallery toilets, and Demola bathroom accessories, including three-litre stainless steel dustbins for the bathrooms.

keyboard_arrow_upTiles contribute to ‘green’ fire station
keyboard_arrow_downTiles contribute to ‘green’ fire station

Durability and low maintenance were specific requirements for the floor and wall coverings of the Umhlanga Fire Station in Umhlanga Ridge, Durban. Tile Africa Contracts successfully specified and supplied some 2 000m² of tiles, to meet these requirements, for interior and exterior applications.

keyboard_arrow_upGerman tiles for competition pool
keyboard_arrow_downGerman tiles for competition pool

Tile Africa Contracts recently supplied tiles for the new competition swimming and diving pool at St Dominic’s Catholic School for Girls in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, as well as tiles for the learn-to-swim pool and for the change rooms.

keyboard_arrow_upNano technology in tiles
keyboard_arrow_downNano technology in tiles

Nano technology is being used in the tile industry to produce tiles with increased sheen and colour and a greater resistance to stains. Tile Africa imports Nano tiles, making them available locally through its retail outlets and its contracts division, Tile Africa Contracts. Tile Africa’s Nano tile range includes: Simplicity, a 600 by 600mm double-loaded porcelain tile; Jenna, Layla and Gabrielle, all 600 by 600mm soluble salt tiles; Nano White and Nano Black, 600 by 600mm polished porcelain tiles; and Crystal Snow, an 800 by 800mm porcelain tile.

keyboard_arrow_upTiling contracts in new retail developments
keyboard_arrow_downTiling contracts in new retail developments

The recently completed Elgin Mall in Kempton Park, Gauteng, is an 8 000m² retail development by AJP Group. Tile Africa Contracts Division supplied and fitted 1 700m² of tiles for the mall’s floors, walls and columns. Lugano 300 by 300mm, full body porcelain tiles were selected for the project in light grey, cinnamon and light blue, creating a square pattern on the main floor and passageways. Crystal Black 300 by 300mm polished porcelain tiles were used for the walkways and columns.

keyboard_arrow_upRedefining bathroom showrooms
keyboard_arrow_downRedefining bathroom showrooms

The Italtile Pretoria showroom has been extended to 2 100 m², more than double its former size, in order to showcase complete bathroom solutions with an extensive display of tiles and sanitaryware products.