Tiling

When it comes to producing the dream tiled finish of your new or renovated home, there are many things to consider.

Firstly there is the wall framing and floor level.  In many renovations floors and walls are not level.  Bows in walls and hollows and humps in floors can all cause problems when it comes to tiling.          A builders square, a level, a planer and grinder should all be used to get things straight and level before the walls are lined and the tiler arrives.  This really is important to ensure the tiler has the right surface to lay on.

Then there is the tile choice. Colour, size, matt or gloss finish.  We recommend getting a few tiles on loan from a local tile shop before making your decision.  Have the tiles sit in your house over a few days.  See how the light reflects off the tile, how it looks in the sun light hours, how it looks in the night with artificial light.  You may have designers advising you but at the end of the day this is what your going to come home to every day so you want it looking right. 

Tile ordering should be a relatively straight forward process with 10% extra being allowed for offcut.  With some large platform tiles there can be extra wastage depending on the room shape.  Odd shapes can lead to extra wastage.  It always pays to check how much a supplier has in stock.  Most suppliers will let you return unopened boxes so you are better off gettting a few extra boxes rather than running short.  

If you are wanting to match grout lines between two different tile colours it is important that the wall and floor  tile matches exactly. A 600 mm by 600mm wall tile can actually be 598mm by 598mm.  Then you find your 300mm by 600mm wall tile is actually 301mm by 601mm.  You will now not be able to match your grout lines.  You cannot now trim down the larger tiles.   If you want to match grout lines between different tiles set the tiles down next to each other in the shop and check they match exactly. 

After tile selection you have grout colours, trim selection and finishing details. For those of you considering tiled showers I recommend using epoxy grouts rather than the cementious grouts that can discolour over time.  Epoxy grouts are also non absorbent and provide an extra waterproof barrier.  Although it costs more I think you will find it well worth it in the long run.   Tile sealing is also something that is required with the likes of natural stone, marble and polished porcelain. Your tile supplier should notify you if your tiles require sealing.

It is really important that the tiler is working together with the builder and plumber to ensure the finishing details are completed the way you want them. The last thing you want is to have to pull tiles up because the wrong fitting has been put in or a drain hasn't been installed properly.  Believe me it happens. 

To ensure your dream tile finish contact us and we will get our expert tilers to complete your job.

To help people out we provide a project management service from tile removal thru to the re tiling. 

Contact us today to discuss this service.