Can't make up your mind which tile to buy? Get tile samples! With samples, you can explore your tiling options better and faster. After all, with samples on hand, you won't just see the tiles you are trying to choose from, you get to touch them.
But where do you get tile samples and how?
The good news is that these samples are easy to find and even easier to ask for. You don't even need to step out of your house unless you choose to. You can simply do a quick search online and check out the different stores selling tiles. Most of these stores have a gallery so you can pick out which items you like the best and ask for a sample.
Now, this is where it gets a little bit difficult. Not all stores ship tile samples for free. Your sample is free (all you have to do is request for one) but not your shipment. You'll have to pay a small fee for getting your package delivered. But so what? Shipping fee is a small price to pay for making sure you get tiling you won't be hating.
On the upside, shipped samples arrive within 24 hours.
Another option is for you to check out retailers. The local hardware and home supply stores often carry a selection that is to most homeowners' liking. Note, though, that visiting retailers eat up time. Then, too, retailers often carry identical brands so visiting several retailers for tile comparison may be a waste of time. Save yourself the aggravation by calling these stores first and asking them about the brands they have. This will help you narrow the list down. Be warned that not all retailers offer their sampling for free; some charge about $4 per block.
Your third option is your local manufacturer. I love this option the most for many reasons, foremost of which is the discount I end up getting. After all, who better to give me discounts on tiling than the guys who made them?
Autor: Gabriela Hudson
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Added: April 29, 2009