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Quartz Tiles Buying Guide | Porcelain Superstore

Sparkle tiles for stylish homes

The perfect choice if you're looking for a contemporary tile with a bit of bling, Quartz Tiles have a unique sparking surface that glistens and glitters like nothing else. Little wonder they're used in prestigious projects over the world, from the Dubai metro to luxury apartments, airport duty frees and Disney stores.

What are quartz tiles?

Unlike ceramic and porcelain tiles, Quartz tiles are produced by combining a mix of natural quartz, mirror flecks, colour pigment and resin to bind everything together. The surface of the tile is then highly polished with the end result being a luxurious, hardwearing tile with a distinct sparkle.

What are quartz tiles?

Unlike ceramic and porcelain tiles, Quartz tiles are produced by combining a mix of natural quartz, mirror flecks, colour pigment and resin to bind everything together. The surface of the tile is then highly polished with the end result being a luxurious, hardwearing tile with a distinct sparkle.

Where Can I Use Quartz Tiles?

Thanks to their high quartz content, these tiles are extremely hardwearing which makes them a practical covering for floors throughout your home and for many commercial spaces. Please note that our quartz tiles are not designed for outdoor use or for areas subject to intense sunlight, such as conservatories. Although the sun isn't always shining in the UK, the heat from direct sunlight can expand and contract the resin present in each tile.

Underfloor Heating

A quick search online will tell you that there's a lot of conflicting advice on using underfloor heating with quartz tiles. Some say yes, others no, and some claim it's fine if you combine with a low-output heating system. As a company, our policy is to recommend that you don't use quartz tiles with underfloor heating. We know that many customers have laid quartz tiles down with underfloor hating for years, without any issues. However, we'd much rather be a responsible retailer and advise against doing so. The resin in the tiles expands and contracts when it heats up and cools down and this thermal movement may cause issues further down the line.

The Real Deal

We buy all our quartz tiles from Gulfstone, the original manufacturer based in Oman. Gulfstone Quartz tiles are recognised as the finest available which is why you'll find these tiles at Heathrow Airport and many other prestigious projects. On the high street, the same Gulfstone tiles we sell are generally sold for over £100 per square metre. That's a heck of a mark up compared to our prices! At the same time, some online retailers sell quartz for around £40 per square metre. Be wary - it's likely to be inferior quartz containing more resin and fewer mirror flecks. This means the tiles are weaker, more porous and likely to bow. Their colour won't be as vibrant and there's less of the sparkle which is what gives quartz its glittery reputation!

Installing

We think it's advisable to make sure your tiler has past experience of laying quartz tiles. Quartz tiles should be laid with a latex-based adhesive, such as our Tilemaster Ultimate White and all cuts should be made with a wet diamond blade. Our quartz tiles are pre-sealed at the factory but there's no harm in resealing them again if you wish.

Living with Quartz Tiles

These are hardwearing tiles and with a little care and attention they'll last a lifetime. When it comes to cleaning, a mop and warm water should suffice most of the time. For more stubborn stains, use a mild household detergent diluted in warm water and always test on a small inconspicuous area first. Never use harmful acidic or alkali detergents.