The Coolest Tiles in the World

The Coolest Tiles in the World

the coolest tiles

“Tiles, tiles on the wall.. which are the coolest tiles of all?” 

People love tiles. Take a look at the bathroom above and ask yourself what it would look like without the beautiful tiling that coats its walls.

The true power of tiles is that you can make any space extravagant, and the virtually limitless selection of colours, designs and materials allows the homeowner complete creative control.

It wasn’t always like this, though. Despite the fact that tiles have been with us since the beginnings of human civilization, only a few variations of the standard ceramic tile were easily available until fairly recently. With the passage of time and the evolution of technology, this has drastically changed.

Their popularity exploded in 2015, and we have been flooded with requests for tile backsplashes. We’d like to help our friends and clients take it to the next level, and so tonight we’re going to begin our search for the coolest tiles.

Ceramic Tiles

Ceramic Tiling 2When someone refers to tiling in any way, an image these classical, subway-style ceramic tiles are usually what first comes to mind. Used to decorate the walls of New York City’s subway system during the early part of the 20th century, they’ve earned a special place in people’s hearts as “subway tiles.” 

Traditionally, subway-style ceramic tiles are white and 3 x 6 inches. Today there are a multitude of sizes and colours to choose from, allowing you to incorporate your own style into a design that has stood the test of time.

Many would argue that subway-style ceramics are the coolest tiles simply because they’re the classics. After all, retro is always in – even if you weren’t around for it. The calming nostalgia that this design evokes is universal, and it is beautiful in its uniform simplicity.

Ceramic Tiling 4Ceramics can’t expect that they can ride their subway style all the way to our title, though! There are downsides – mainly, ceramic tiling is high maintenance. It’s the least durable of the three types featured in this post.

Because they are composed of porous clays, the tiles are highly absorbent and highly susceptible to staining. They’re also very prone to wear, and when exposed to cold temperatures for any significant length of time they will start to chip and crack. Don’t write them off, though – just know where to use them. These tiles will best serve you in low-to-moderate traffic indoor areas. 

On the upside, they’re very inexpensive. They won’t set you back more than $3-4. They’re also very thin, and therefore easy to cut. Are you an amateur planning your first D.I.Y. tile installation? If so, ceramics are the way to go. 

If you’re simply looking for a more frugal option, ceramics are still a great choice. Just know where to use them – and if signs of damage become visible, your friends at Odd Job would be more than happy to take care of the repairs!

Stone Tiles

Marble Tiles 1

What’s more romantic than tiling your walls and ceilings with marble stone? We aren’t the only ones who think so, either. Like tiling itself, marble has been heavily used in architecture and decor for thousands of years. Evidence of this stands in the form of buildings like the Washington Monument and the Taj Mahal, and some might suggest that this alone makes them the coolest tiles.

Marble tiling is dense, and so it provides far more protection from moisture than ceramics. They’re generally much more difficult to break, depending on the age of the stone. That said, this is far from the most resilient tiling that you can find.

Marble Tiles 2As it turns out, marble is not entirely resistant to moisture. Just how resistant your tiles will be depends on the grade of the stone, but in any case they will only absorb a small amount of water. They are highly susceptible to dilute acids like vinegar, citrus and other substances found in the average kitchen. Like ceramics, marble tiles will best serve you in indoor areas with low-to-moderate traffic.

Marble tiles are usually highly expensive. It’s possible to find them for a relatively low price, but this is usually because they  ranging from $40 to $150 based on the grade, colour and others.

If you’re interested in saving money or shielding high-traffic spaces like your family kitchen, you should probably look elsewhere. If you’d like to make a unique and powerful statement, however, then this choice offers far more than the other types ever could. 

Porcelain Tiles

Porcelain Tiles 1

The world of tiling can be a little confusing to the uninitiated, and a perfect example of this can be found in the differentiation between ceramic and porcelain tiling. Both types of tile are made from ceramics, but don’t be deceived. They are very different.

Porcelain Tiles 2Non-porcelain ceramics, as we’ve seen, are generally incredibly fragile, and as such, are far less expensive. Porcelain tiles, on the other hand, require much less maintenance and are arguably the more economical choice in the long run. Made of refined white clay and fired at high temperatrues, they’re far tougher than ceramics.

They’re also much less absorbent, making them perfect for high traffic areas – kitchen backsplashes, anyone? These qualities make them highly resilient to stains, scratches and frost. 

These qualities make porcelain tiles ideal for floors and walls that see a lot of traffic. They also make them virtually impossible for an amateur to properly cut, though. And while they may be difficult to stain or scratch, they are often so hard that they are brittle and can easily break if handled by someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing.

Porcelain Tiles 3To put it simply, porcelain tiles are more expensive and far more difficult to cut and install. What you get for that cost and effort is a very strong, low-maintenance tile and one that, like purely ceramic tiles, can be modified to serve your wildest style ideas! 

Pick a tile.. any tile!

Tiling has been the choice of kings and queens for milleniums, and it isn’t hard to see why. Their appearance and texture are naturally appealing to us, and they allow us to truly control the underlying style of our space. 

With the soaring popularity of tiling, you don’t want to fall behind the trends. You’ve seen three of the most popular tiling options made available to homeowners today, and we’d like to know which you think are the coolest tiles!

Give us a call at (416) 520-1161 or use our updated “book-a-handyman” form and schedule the tiling project you’ve been dreaming about today! 

Tile Backsplash: A Trend That Won’t Die

Tile Backsplash: A Trend That Won’t Die 

beautiful tile backsplash

Some popular interior design bloggers have been referring to 2015 as “the year of the tile” and we have to agree! 

Partial BacksplashPeople won’t stop requesting tile backsplashes – and not just in their kitchens and bathrooms anymore. People want them covering entire walls: take a look at the results of a backsplash project that left client “Darren S.” loving Odd Job!

We’ve probably installed more than a hundred of them since the birth of our company in 2008, and along the way we’ve learned a lot about just how important they are. Many homeowners have told us that the first compliments they receive from guests almost always regard how gorgeous their backsplash is.

The possibilities for yours are virtually endless. There’s a reason why every classy restaurant from Subway to Starbucks has done everything but make them a part of their policy, and it’s because they are the very definition of eye candy!

Your kitchen can look like this too.

Your kitchen can look like this too. Book us today!

The backsplash serves the homeowner in two ways:

(1) It protects your wall from water and accidents such as cooking splatters. Mishaps that would normally cause permanent damage to your wallpaper or to your painted walls suddenly become easily removable when they collide with the stark tile surface of your backsplash!

(2) Backsplashes are incredibly beautiful, and can truly enchant your space with an incredibly powerful mood – one of your choosing. The tiles you choose will determine the vibration of your room – whether you opt to go for traditional, modern or anything in between!

One fact that remains undeniable is that adding a kitchen backsplash will raise the value of your home. Elizabeth Gatlin, a commercial real estate consultant in Nashville, Tennessee, emphasizes their importance in an article entitled Top 5 Ways to Improve Your Home Value Now:

“I recently recognized the value backsplashes can add while co-chairing the LSNA Celebration of Home Tour this past year. One of the houses intentionally requested a home partner that helped with tile so they could install a backsplash.”

“The home partner, Louisville Tile Distributors, supplied all of the tile and tools, the home owners had to help with the labor, and it turned out to be gorgeous! After hearing of this steal of a deal from the home owner, I took the time to notice if the other homes had a backsplash. Though some did and some did not, and all of the homes on the tour were incredible, the kitchens that stood out all had beautiful backsplashes.

A good tile backsplash makes an impression.

Back to Backsplashes: Odd Job Style

backsplash behind sinkWhy should you call Odd Job for your backsplash project? Because we know what we’re doing.

In the last two years, we’ve successfully completed more no less than thirty of these projects. In every case, the clients were left extremely satisfied – and why not?

You don’t need to take our word for it either. Just take a look at any of the photos featured in this post if you ever find yourself wondering “What in the heck is Odd Job Style?” 

One project was particularly memorable. It was a breezy summer day when our office received a call from a young man who was quite unhappy with the appearance of his kitchen. Was anything broken or scratched? No. Stains? No. He wasn’t calling for repairs – he wanted an upgrade. 

Before Backsplash 1“The walls are kind of, you know, blah,” said the male voice on the other end of the phone line.

Alex and his mother Ruby had recently moved in to their pleasant little home. It was in good repair and they had not yet had to make the dreaded trip to Angie’s List or Homestars. They had always found the soullessly white walls of their new kitchen to be rather boring, however, and it was starting to get to them – particularly Ruby.

“I feel like I’m in a mental hospital!” Ruby had complained to her son. It had gotten to the point where the two were eating out just because no one really liked being in that room.  Because of those walls, she said, it “just didn’t feel like home.”

After Backsplash 1We pointed out that the counters and cupboards were all dark in colour, and that a mosaic tile backsplash could work beautifully in the room. After showing them a few pictures not unlike those featured in this post, they were completely sold. “How soon can we do this?” asked an excited Ruby. The team arrived a week later with the tiles and the tools.

After several visits, our team wrapped up the project and Alex and Ruby were now telling anyone who would listen about their beautiful backsplash – a mosaic composed of glass, granite and metal tiles. What do you think?

Beautiful Backsplash

Notice how the tile backsplash jives perfectly with their countertops! The walls aren’t exactly “blah” now, are they?

“Not only was the work complete, but it was done so well. And not only were the folks who came here so friendly, but they were fast as well. There’s really nothing to complain about, and I will definitely be bookmarking oddjob.ca!”
– Ruby A.

“These guys are the real deal. They don’t stay longer than they have to, and they keep you in the loop at every step of the way. If you’re looking for a handyman in Toronto, you’ve got to check out Odd Job!”
– Alex A.

Happy Splashing!

Stunning Backsplash

Another stunning backsplash, courtesy of your friends at Odd Job!

The tile backsplash is one of those trends that never dies. It’s been ‘in’ for as long as anyone can remember, and there’s no sign that this will change.

So if you like the work you’ve seen in this post and have an idea for your own backsplash, give us a call at (416) 520-1161 or just take a minute to fill out our online booking form. Bring your vision.. we’ll take care of the rest!

Professional Tiling – Witness the Magic!

Professional Tiling – Witness the Magic!

Take a look at some of our professional tiling team’s recent conquests!

One of the many things that makes Odd Job different is that we have specialized teams of handymen for each type of project. When you book with us, our office staff will ‘match’ you with licensed, insured, bonded and identity-and-background-checked professionals.

Our professional tiling contractors will be happy to repair, replace and install your tiled floors – ceramic, porcelain, glass and more.

Restoration

professional tiling repair

As you can see, replacing the tiles isn’t always necessary. In many cases, we’ll simply need to replace the adhesive or selectively target wet or dry areas or replace the grout.

Our professional tiling contractors aren’t like many others in that they’ll be as happy to complete small-scale repairs as they will be to take on larger installations.

Installation

Subway Tiles

Why do we receive hundreds of service requests for tiled backsplashes every year? Why have tiles been a staple of interior design since the beginning of human civilization?

Because they’re easy to maintain, they’re gorgeous, and they allow the homeowner to capture a vibration that is simply indescribable. Our team has decades of experience installing tiles for residential and commercial clients all over the city.

Book or call today, and our professional tiling contractors will ensure that you witness the magic in your home. 

Remodeling a Small Bathroom: New Tiles, Shower Stall & Paint

Remodeling a Small Bathroom – Odd Job Style

This project took six days, and because we didn’t change the position of the bathroom fixtures we didn’t need a permit. Great!

I love this new bathroom, from the clear glass tub doors, to the small brick pattern on the tile surround that is carried onto the floor.  Using this patterns makes the room seem larger while tying every thing together cohesive.  The walls are painted a dark taupe that is carried into the grout on the floor.

What a Tiled Backsplash did for this Kitchen

Our client had just moved in and wanted to do a few upgrades to her kitchen. We tiled the backsplash. What do you think?

 

Before and After: Adding Mosaic Tiles in the Kitchen

The property owner at the Egencia Agency was so impressed with the work we did, they called us back to do some tiling at an adjacent residential property.

In the kitchen, they wanted to add some drama to this small space by tiling it. Here we are preparing the space.

Preparing to Tile Wall

The soon-to-be feature wall in the Kitchen.

We installed a mosaic feature wall made up of glass, ceramic and marble tiles.

Glass tile moasic tiled wall

After: The finished feature wall

A border of the same tiled mosaic was added to the rest of the kitchen to tie it in.

Glass and ceramic tile border

Tiled Border in the Kitchen.

Check out some of our past kitchen projects and read our service list for kitchens. If we can help you, then take a minute or two to fill out our online “book-a-handyman” form and our team will be mobilized to transform your kitchen!

From Whiteboards to Television Sets: Odd Job Hangs it All!

Our friends at the Egencia Agency needed to hang some large and heavy objects in their office space, so they gave Odd Job a call.

In the lobby, we installed a flat screen TV:

Flat screen tv hung on wall

A flat-screen TV securely mounted on the wall.

In the meeting rooms, we hung a total of 8 10″ whiteboards. Who’s ready to brainstorm?

10' whiteboard on brick wall

A large whiteboard hung on the wall.

 

3 - 8' Whiteboards mounted in office nook

Whiteboards are now mounted around the office, ready to capture ideas.

Want Odd Job to help transform your workspace? Book us today!