3 Things You Need to Know Before Choosing a Tile Sealer
You’ve discovered the joys of DIY and spend your weekends scouring the shelves of your favourite home improvement warehouse, searching for the next round of must-have purchases to take your home one step closer to that dream. One problem. Tile sealant isn’t as simple as you thought. You know sealing tile before you grout is important and the longevity of your bathroom or balcony is highly dependent on its quality, but the tile sealing products in front of you are a mite confusing. If you’re torn between completing the job yourself and researching professional tile sealing services, use our guide to help you decide.
Understanding Tile Type
All tiles are the same, right? Besides the colour, size and shape, tiles are not made from the same stuff. Although many people assume the tiles from bathroom to balcony to kitchen are identical, tile can be ceramic, composite stone, natural stone, porcelain and even glass, often used in splashbacks and mosaics. You may have guessed by now, but these different tile types demand a variety of sealants – unfortunately, a one size fits all seal a tile solution hasn’t been invented yet. If the manufacturer has neglected to include instructions, call the crew at Megasealed for advice and possible solutions suited to your tile type. Sadly, the retail warehouse staff doesn’t always have the right answers, so why take the chance?
Which Sealant? Topical or Penetrating
Before starting the job and laying a under tile sealing strip, consider the sealant you’ll be using. You have two general choices (specialist products come highly recommended where possible, such as the Megasealed range and services), topical and penetrating. Put simply, topical sealants dry on the surface of a tile, blocking water from seeping through; penetrating sealants utilise a different tactic, sinking into the pores of a tile and stopping any liquid from filling up the micro-holes and fissures.
The Finished Product: Appearance
Choosing the right tile sealant (even the right tile) can come down to the smallest details. Matching the appearance of your tiles to the décor of your home can be a mission in itself and tile sealing strip debate is probably another post in itself, so let’s break it down. When you select the right sealer for you, envision the finished product. Do the tiles look glossy, appear shiny or embrace a matte end product that complements your wooded floors in the hallway? While you’re tossing up whether the wet look suits you, consider the importance of non-slip surfacing – taking an accidental dive for the want of a sweet looking bathroom, kitchen or balcony floor shouldn’t take the shine off a new floor. Think safe and get a second opinion before buying.
A finished tiled floor is a captivating addition to any renovated home or business. Whether you’re a home owner or a business owner, protecting your new floors from every day use will ensure the longevity of your work. Or, if you’d like a little help, let the tile sealing professionals at Megasealed take second chair and balance DIY enthusiasm with tried and tested experience.