The unique look of quartz tiles is created by a surface covered in sparkly mirror pieces. These starlight quartz tiles are used in both residential and commercial projects, but are predominant choices for kitchens and bathrooms as wall and floor tiles. This is because black quartz floor tiles are durable tiles that can withstand the demands of busy areas of the home, while giving a beautiful look to the room. In fact, many interior designers consider quartz wall tiles to be better choices over granite tiles in kitchens. They can also be easily installed as bathroom tiles. Glistening and sparkling tiles have a reflective quality created by mirror pieces. This mirror effect helps to accentuate the light and space in kitchens and bathrooms. Because the look of starburst tiles on walls and floors resembles that of stars twinkling and shining in the night sky, these tiles have often been referred to as starlight quartz tiles. This starburst effect is particularly evident in black quartz tiles where the surface appears brighter when exposed to light.
Sparkly tiles are sometimes used to cover an entire room or alternatively as a feature above a worktop or shower area. Quartz glitter floor tiles not only look amazing but are also suitable for high traffic areas of flooring. You will also find these quartz floor tiles easy to clean and maintain. Quartz wall tiles will catch your attention as soon as you walk into a room.
Quartz Tiles in Residential and Commercial Projects
Most people will associate sparkling tiles with residential properties such is their popularity for home kitchen and bathroom designs. Sparkly tiles have also been chosen for a wide range of commercial renovations such as retail shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. The range of colours in which these manmade starlight tiles are available in, means there is plenty of choice when it comes to decorating interiors. Quartz bathroom tiles provide walls and floors with a protective covering which helps to prevent moisture damage and the build up of damp and mould.
These tiles are not only used as part of standard bathroom designs but also in modern wet rooms. Quartz kitchen tiles create a unique, sparkly appearance as part of contemporary decors. The smooth surface also allows for easy cleaning, in a room which is naturally prone to food spillages. Glitter tiles can be incorporated within open plan kitchen designs, which generally comprises of a dining area. Some modern home interiors even feature sparkly tiles on the walls of hallways and converted office spaces. If you enjoy the luxury of having a games room within your home then starlight tiles are once again an excellent choice.
There are a number of different processes involved within commercial tiling projects. If it’s a particularly large space then architects and planners may be required for design purposes. Materials will be ordered by quantity surveyors and the cost of tiling including labour will also be budgeted for. This all takes place before a single tile is laid. International companies have chosen sparkly quartz for the interiors of their properties. In many cases multiple premises of the same company have been decorated in starlight tiles.
Laying Quartz Tiles in a Bathroom or Kitchen
Providing you carry out the correct planning and preparation, tiling with quartz in a kitchen or bathroom can be achieved successfully as part of DIY projects. One of the most important factors when it comes to tiling with quartz is using the correct adhesive. It is important you seek advice from the quartz tile suppliers first before choosing your adhesive. The floor or wall you are tiling on should be completely cleaned first, with any remaining dirt and dust removed. You can mark out the area with chalk and a measuring tape to establish the amount of tiles you require and the cuts which need to be made, remembering to take into consideration allowance for grout joints. You can dry lay a row of quartz just to make sure.
Most professional tiling contractors recommend for there to be a minimum 3mm grout joint. Use tile spacers to create even grout joints between the tiles. Tiles can be cut with a diamond wet saw cutter. Remember to wear protective gloves and glasses during cutting. Begin tiling by applying an even layer of adhesive to the substrate in a small area first. You can use the notched side of the trowel to create grooves for extra adhesion. What is also recommended when laying quartz is to spread a layer of adhesive on to the back of the tiles, in a process known as ‘back buttering.’ This will ensure there are no gaps where adhesive is not present between the back of the tile and the substrate you are tiling on to.
With a rubber mallet you can help to position and press the quartz in to place. When tiling a floor always tile from the back of the room to ensure you don’t block yourself in and end up having to walk back across freshly laid tiles. The adhesive holding the quartz in place should be allowed to set for the time stated on the packaging. In most cases quartz does not require sealing so you can proceed to filling in the joints with a suitable grout as soon as the adhesive has fully set.