Before you tile
- THE PLACE OF INSTALLATION: It is very important that you take into account the purpose of the area that you are tiling. If there is going to be moderate to heavy traffic flow then the tile that you have chosen needs to be able to withstand this. But we’re here to help, the tiles in our shop have a rating that describes what kind of area and load the tiles are suitable for.
- THE SUBSTRATE: The substrate is the underlying material that the tiles will be laid or installed onto. A substrate cannot be just any material because it must have the strength to withstand expected loads during the use of the surface. Common substrates for tiling include tile underlay, cement sheeting, gib or plaster board, and concrete. At the time of installation, the substrate must be clean, flat and adequately set.
- WHICH TILES?: Porcelain or ceramic? Porcelain tiles are being manufactured more and more because porcelain is stronger and more stable when fired which allows for a more consistent product. This creates a hard wearing tile that is suitable for many different purposes and will look as good in 10 years time as they do today. These are great for floors while ceramic tiles are recommended on walls and splash backs.
- NARROW JOINTS OR WIDE JOINTS?: Tiles are installed with open joints and the joint width depends on the tile size and the characteristics of the project. This is because of a number of reasons. The most important is to absorb the stresses caused by the movement of the substrate caused by temperature. Be sure to take this into account during your tiling project.
- MOSAIC TILES: Mosaic tiles play a key role in home decoration. Available in many different sizes, they are enhanced by single-coloured or multicoloured materials and precious stones. They come either as mesh-mounted mosaics, which instal easily to curved walls and columns, or as pre-scored faux mosaic tiles which are unrivalled for their simplicity of installation.