Ausihome team can replace the existing doors and panels of your kitchen. The new doors and panels will be made to measure. Choose from a range of materials and finishes. Click here to view Doors - Drawer fonts.
Combining door and panel replacement with a new benchtop and splashback will give your kitchen a totally new look. Our designers are available to take you through the wide range of options available Click here, from laminates and timbers, to natural and manufactured stones or quartz-based materials and acrylics, plus glass or tiles for splashbacks. Once you decide on the finishes, your new benchtop and splashback will be made to measure. Ausihome team will organise removal of your old benchtop and splashback. We will also arrange installation and any trade work required, such as plumbing.
Complete your kitchen makeover with an appliance upgrade from Ausihome team. Whether you are after an all-inclusive package, or the best in European appliances, our buying power delivers value to you. We have a range of appliances on display in our showroom, and can source hundreds of options to choose from.
KITCHEN RENOVATION & MAKEOVER
Want to give your tired kitchen a refreshing, new look? Happy with your kitchen’s design but think it needs a face-lift? Ausihome Kitchens are Sydney’s kitchen makeover specialists.
Kitchen makeovers retain the layout and footprint of your existing kitchen, but can still create a stunning new look. You can choose one or more of a range of options available, from minor updates to extreme makeovers. Our designers are available to discuss how we can bring your ideas to life.
While you are refreshing the doors and panels, why not think about adding a few extra cabinets? Our designers can discuss options and ideas to increase or better utilise your existing storage space.
All tiles feels hard, but some types of tile are actually harder than others. The body of a tile, sometimes called the bisque or biscuit, is produced to meet a specific need or use. Although thickness is one gauge of strength, composition of the tile and the temperature and duration of firing also determine its strength. To help you determine whether the tile you are considering is appropriate for a particular location, check the tile's rating, as determined by the Porcelain Enamel Institute. Hardness ratings are as follows:
-- Group I, Light traffic. These tiles may be used on residential bathroom floors such as a guest bath where bare or stocking feet are the norm.
-- Group II, Medium traffic. These tiles are designed for use in interiors where little abrasion occurs. They are not recommended for kitchens, entries, or stairwells.
-- Group III, Medium-heavy traffic. These tiles can be used anywhere inside a home, including kitchens and baths.
-- Group IV, Heavy traffic. These tiles are very hard and can be used in homes or in light to medium commercial areas.
-- Group V, Extra heavy traffic. These tiles can be used anywhere.
-- Underlayment. To prevent chipping and cracking, tile must be installed over a firmly supported subflooring. Broken tiles cannot be repaired, but they can be replaced. Tile grout, if left unsealed, can be difficult to clean.
Tile can feel cold underfoot, but it can be warmed with radiant or hydronic heating coils.
Traction and shine
Whatever tile you choose, glossy finishes have a tendency to show finger- and footprints and can be slippery when wet. For better traction choose a honed finish.
Your Questions, Answered: The Difference Between Ceramic Tile and Porcelain Tile
Q: What's the difference between ceramic and porcelain tile? I've been told they're the same, but I can't buy that. How are they different, and is one better than the other?
A: In general, porcelain tile is harder than ceramic and offers greater design flexibility. Although both are made from clay and other naturally occurring materials fired in a kiln, the clay used to make porcelain tile is more refined and purified. It's fired at a higher temperature and greater pressure, resulting in an extremely dense and hard material.
"Porcelain is proving to be a longwearing material that is really making its mark on the industry," says Tanya Woods, an associate kitchen and bath designer (AKBD) in Bloomfield, Michigan.
Porcelain tile is an ideal product for cold-weather climates where freeze/thaw conditions are a concern. Due to its low moisture absorption rate (.5 percent or less), porcelain is less likely to crack and is more impervious to stains.
"The term porcelain has become branded to some degree -- it is to tile as Kleenex is to tissue," Woods says. "But this does not mean all porcelain tiles are created equal."
When picking porcelain tile, it is best to choose one that has "through body color." Some tiles may have only a ceramic glaze fired over the body; if chipped, the white-, tan-, or red-clay base is exposed.
For safety in wet areas or in flooring applications where accessibility is a concern, look for a tile -- whether porcelain or ceramic -- with a high coefficient of friction. This property is measured on a 1¿10 scale, with 10 being the most slip-resistant.
"Porcelain also offers strong advantages when it comes to design," Woods says. "Due to its strong nature, many sizes are available from a small mosaic 1×1 to large slabs of 24x48 and many unusual sizes in between."
Porcelain can also be rectified -- cut to a precise size so all tiles are identical, allowing the tile contractor to set extremely tight grout joints.
Certain factors make installing porcelain tile a more difficult do-it-yourself project. Its density and hardness require a wet saw with a porcelain diamond blade. For proper surface adhesion, you should use a latex modified thinnest mortar. For large-format porcelain tiles, a level substrate is needed to reduce lip page, or variations in height.
But the payoff of lasting beauty is well worth the extra installation requirements.”Notably, surface finishes, textures, patterns, and variation of color are very stylized and lend to porcelain's appeal," Woods says. "The tile industry has grown as a result of the introduction of porcelain tile, and it looks as though it's only going to continue to increase in popularity."
Tile Maintenance Free advice
Once you've selected and installed your tile, keep it looking great with these tips:
How to Clean Grout
How to Clean Grout: The Secret to Success
Hint: The solution to dirty grout may be in your pantry. Grout lines are magnets for dirt and grime, and dingy grout can detract from the good looks of pretty tile. Eliminate dirty grout for good with these tips and tricks. Grout is a tricky to keep clean because it is porous. And on tile floors, crumbs and dirt can be left behind, even after sweeping. Plus, a quick wipe of the tiled surface can sometimes miss spots because the grout lines are often slightly deeper than the surface.
But common household products can be used to tackle dirty grout. Watch the video below to find out more.
Lightly Stained Grout
To clean stained grout, use a strong bleach solution (3/4 cup of bleach to 1 gallon of water) and scrub with a small brush or toothbrush. Don't scrub too hard, though; you might damage the grout. Wear safety goggles to prevent the bleach from spattering in your eyes. Keep the work area ventilated. Or try a foaming grout cleaner that might need to soak for several minutes to be effective.
Deeply Stained Grout
If grout is deeply stained and discoloured, replace it. Tile stores sell and sometimes rent tools for removing grout. Run the tool along the grout, taking care not to scratch the surrounding tile. Clean the space between the tiles with a strong bleach solution, then apply new grout and seal it. Do NOT spill bleach on porcelain because the solution might cause pitting or yellow or pink stains.
New Tile and Grout
Because grout is so porous and prone to collecting grime, you'll want to start your grout-cleaning regimen with prevention. If you recently installed new grout or renewed existing grout in a tile floor, keep that new grout looking its best by using a grout sealer 10-14 days after the grout cures.
How to Clean Tile Floors
How to Clean Tile Floors
Take care of your ceramic tile floors with a gentle hand and a few smart cleaning techniques, which will keep your tiles and grout looking like new.
Tile Floor Cleaning Basics
Sweep or vacuum your glazed tile floors regularly to keep them from getting dull. Tiles may be resistant to dirt, but sand and grit can dull glazed surfaces. Clean tile with mild detergent and clean water, using a rag or chamois-type mop rather than a sponge mop. The latter pushes dirty water into grout lines and makes them harder to clean. Be sure to change the water frequently while mopping; dirty water equals a cloudy floor.
Get Rid of Residue
If your tiles look hazy, you might be dealing with soapy residue. Remove the film with a nonabrasive all-purpose cleaner. You could also try a mild acid -- such as fresh lemon juice -- on ceramic tiles (but never on marble). Rinse thoroughly with clean water, and buff dry with a clean lint-free cloth. Be kind to your knees and dry tiles the easy way: by using your foot to slide the cloth over the floor.
The real secret to a great-looking tile floor is clean grout. Grout is porous and absorbs grease and other stains. Skip commercial cleaners and instead make a paste of baking soda and water. Rub it on the stain, let it sit overnight, then scrub the stain in the morning with a stiff nylon brush (a metal brush will damage the grout). Repeat as necessary. Apply a silicone-base sealer to the grout to repel future stains.
A unique tile flooring makes your property beauty more skin deep
Ceramic Tile & Porcelain Tile Flooring
Introduce the beauty of tile to your floors, whether in your kitchen, bathroom, entryway, or other space. Learn about what you need to look for when selecting a type of tile for your home's flooring. Clay-base ceramic tiles are an ideal choice for kitchens, baths, basements, porches, laundry rooms, and other moisture-prone areas. Floor tiles are extremely durable; water-, stain-, and wear-resistant; and easy to care for. An array of colors, patterns, shapes, and sizes is available. Tiles larger than 12 inches square are currently the most popular choice.