Do I need to remove skirting boards for you to tile my floor?
It makes for a much neater job if your remove/replace your skirting boards, especially on larger floors. Have you thought about using tiles on the wall as a replacement for skirting?
What about my doors?
Usually doors will require trimming after the tiling is finished.
Can you tile on wooden floors, wooden floorboards or chipboard?
Yes, but the floor needs to be rigid to prevent movement. Surfaces such as wooden floorboards and chipboard will either need to be replaced or have a second sub floor overlaid. Covering in plywood and primed, tile backer board or special tile matting is sufficient. This must be laid before fixing the floor tiles.
My floor is a bit of a mess. Does it need to be levelled?
All floors and walls must be as flat, square and true as possible to acheive the best possible finish. We can apply a self levelling compound to your floor if required, this will level out the most uneven floors in preparation for tiling.
Are tiled floors waterproof?
Tiled floors are not totally waterproof. However the use of a tanking system, as used in a wet room, will make your walls and floor waterproof. Alternatively, you can use a waterproofing spray over the tiles and grout after it has fully dried.
Isn't a tiled floor cold?
Generally floor tiles are not cold underfoot, especially when laid on a wooden subfloor. In a colder location like a conservatory or kitchen there is always the option of installing insulation under the tile, or underfloor heating.
How about underfloor heating?
We can supply and fit your underfloor heating. Underfloor heating comes as either a heating mat or a loose wire system. You should always insulate under the heating element. This can be costly on concrete sub floors but will pay for itself in no time as with the insulation it will be very efficient to run.
How soon after a concrete floor is laid can I tile?
You usually have to wait six weeks to tile (or lay any floor covering) after a new concrete floor is laid, (allowing one day drying time per 1mm of thickness of concrete) however by using a fast track adhesive, this can be reduced to three or four days.
Can you tile onto a freshly plastered wall?
Yes, this will acheieve the best tiled result, but only after a drying period. The plaster will also need to be sealed and primed. I would recommend also using a tanking solution if the area will be exposed to mositure or water.
Can you tile onto painted walls?
Yes, but the wall must be sound, and capable of supporting the weight of the tiles.
Can you tile over my old existing tiles?
Yes, providing the existing tiles are still firmly fixed and offer a flat surface. The old tiles should be deep cleaned with sugar soap.
How many tiles do I need to buy?
We usually allow an additional 10% on top of the square meterage. We will be happy to advise quantities as a part of our quotation.
Do you supply the adhesive and grout?
Yes, the adhesive and grout used is vital to the success of any tiling work. Alternatively I will advise you on the products required and you can purchase them in advance using my trade discount.
Does grout have to be white or grey?
No, we have a wide choice of different colour and shades of grout, from creams and beiges to reds, greens and blues.
Can I put floor tiles on the wall?
Yes, but the weight of the tiles may be an issue. We would have to investigate your wall structure to ensure that the combined weight of the tile does not exceed the building recommendation for the type of wall you have.
I would like you to tile my worktops, is this possible?
Yes, I can tile your worktops but as they are used for food preparation a special epoxy grout must be used.
What sizes are tiles?
Floor tiles come in many different sizes and are generally square or rectangular in shape. Floor tiles are getting bigger, and 600mm tiles are very common. Wall tiles come in many sizes and are generally square or rectangular in shape. They can be fixed in a square or diagonal pattern or in a brick bond style. Small 100mm square tiles are popular in kitchens and larger tiles more usual in bathrooms.
Please see below for Laying Patterns.
With thanks to Natural Stone & Timber for the use of these images.
Slate Paving Pattern
2.4m Diameter Circle
What borders are available?
3.6m Diameter Circle
Border tiles are usually the same width as the tile, but not as tall, or you can use inlay strips which are up to 2500mm in length. Mosaics and glass tiles are also often used as borders, but tiles and inlay strips should all be the same thickness as your chosen tiles.
What design can I have?
This depends on the tile you purchase. Some tiles are available in 3 or 4 sizes. Alternatively plain tiles can be laid with a border tile, metal inlay, mosaic or glass inlay. Please contact us
for details of our design service.
Please see below for an inlays.
Inlay Stage 1
Inlay Stage 2
What are the standards for tiling?
Inlay Stage 3
British Standard 5385 is the code of practice for fixing floor and wall tiles.