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What is Bendigo Tiling FAQ

Bendigo Tiling FAQ is a series off questions and answers about tiling & waterproofing

What tiles am I able to use outside?

You’ll use any tile outside as long because it is incredibly durable. When trying to find an outside tile, make sure to see the hardness and porosity, you will like a tough tile with a high rating and a coffee absorbency rate.

The most straightforward sorts of tiles to use are earthenware tiles, slate tiles, porcelain, and a few natural stones. Ask your tiler, a number of these tiles will need to be sealed.

What’s the difference between outside and inside tiles?

Tiles which will be used outside can withstand harsh weather so that they are more durable than tiles which will only be used indoors. Also, most outdoor tiles aren’t glossy. A glossy tile is going to be slippery when wet. It’s for that reason not to use glossy tiles outdoors.

I see that sample tile is chipped; will it chip once we lay it?

Not in the least – tiles on their own are a touch vulnerable and are tossed around, making it easier for them to chip or scratch. Once you install and grout the tiles correctly, they’re no longer vulnerable, as long as you do not expose the corners.

Which are bathroom tiles?

You’ll use any tile in your bathroom, just ask us because most tiles in wet areas got to be sealed.

What’s better, ceramic or porcelain? What’s the difference?

A porcelain tile is better than ceramic because it’s more durable, not to say that ceramic tiles aren’t even as good. Use porcelain tiles in commercial spaces because they will withstand the high traffic.

On the opposite hand, ceramic tiles are cheaper and need low maintenance, and porcelain tiles tend to be pricier and may require special maintenance. Watch out for cheap porcelain tiles though, these usually have porosity issues and can cost you extra money.

Do all tiles need to be sealed?

Most natural stones and a few porcelain tiles need sealing.

Do I want to order extra tiles when placing my tile order?

We suggest ordering “wastage”. If you’ve got a project that needs many cuts, you’ll need those extra tiles. Also, tiles may damage during the laying process and wish to replace.

Can tiles be used around a fireplace?

Yes. Tiles are heat-resistant. Use them around a hearth but make sure to use heat-resistant adhesive and binding materials also.

What sorts of tiles are best for the floor?

You would like to use a durable tile for the ground. Your floor see more wear than your walls, strength is vital, especially in dense traffic areas of your home.

What sorts of tiles are best for the wall?

A wall tile doesnot get to be as durable as a floor tile. Therefore you will use anything.

Am I able to use a glass tile on the floor?

Yes & no. Not all glass tiles are suitable for all surfaces like floors and exteriors. We propose using glass tiles in small amounts on the ground. Try it on the ground as a neighbourhood border or a neighbourhood rug border or centre, accent dot or stripe, or on a shower floor.

Will this tile be slippery on the floor?

If the tile has a gloss finish, the likelihood is that it’ll be slippery. If you employ a smaller tile, the grout joins may help prevent some slipperiness. Moreover, we suggest not to wear socks in these areas.

If you have any tile questions you like us to answer, share them with us, and we’ll be happy to answer and set you within the right direction.
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What are ceramic tiles?

Ceramic tiles are lightweight clay-based tiles. They’re pressed at a lower pressure rate and fired at lower temperatures than porcelain tiles. This manufacturing process has a durable glaze finish which carries the colour and pattern.

This glaze is often either gloss or matte, or in some instances, there is often an additive to the glaze that provides the tile with an external rating. The sting of a ceramic tile is usually not rectified, which suggests laying the tiles any closer than 3mm-5mm, counting on the standard of the substrate.

What are the Key benefits of ceramic tiles?

Utilize ceramic tiles in both floor and wall applications.
These tiles are great for almost any walls in any area of the house as they’re cost-effective while still giving a superior look.
They are softer and more comfortable to chop than porcelain which makes the installation cost cheaper.
They are suitable for most traffic situations.

What are porcelain tiles?

Porcelain tiles use excellent, top quality materials with high silica content. Pressed at a high rate and fired at high temperatures, they’re typically much less porous than other tiles and don’t always require sealing.
Porcelain tiles can be glazed or unglazed (with a natural, polished or textured finish).

To provide our customers with the most straightforward choice, ColorTile offers all finishes for every range.
Most large format porcelain tiles are rectified which suggests that the tiles are cut after manufacture to make sure that that they’re square. This enables us to lay the tiles with a minimal grout line of 1.5mm as per Australian standards.

What are mosaic tiles?

Mosaic tiles are tiny tiles, typically but 100mm square and ordinarily referred to as splashback tiles thanks to their popularity as a finish for kitchen and toilet splashbacks. They’re available in many various materials including porcelain, ceramic, glass, natural stone et al.
They also are available multiple finishes.
Commonly sold on mesh or paper sheets around 300x300mm in size, these sheets often hamper in getting a pattern when mixed with other tiles. For instance, a 300x300mm sheet of 50x50mm mosaics could but hamper into narrower strips and joined together end to finish to make a feature during a shower wall.

Furthermore, use mosaics mostly as feature tiles to reinforce an area.
They are bright and may add character without being overwhelming.
Also, they are very bold and dynamic statement reflecting the house owner’s personality.
ColorTile mosaics are of the very best quality products from around the globe.

What are border tiles?

Like mosaic tiles, border tiles use almost any material, from glass to porcelain and ceramic. ColorTile features a range of border tiles (200mm x 60mm) which may work well with many of our wall tiles.

Key benefits of border tiles include:
Border tiles are a price effective way of adding a feature to a tiled area like a kitchen splashback or shower recess.
Use Border tiles as a capping tile when only tiling part high a wall.

What are the foremost common ways to get tiles?

The four hottest ways to get your tiles are:
Bricks pattern not recommended for tile sizes larger than 300×600 thanks to the natural cupping and bowing of the tiles.
Stacked bond pattern
Diamond bond pattern
Herringbone pattern (not recommended for tile sizes larger than 300×600 thanks to the natural cupping and bowing of the tiles)

For most tile patterns we propose you order 10% more tiles than you think that you would possibly use thanks to the wastage generated by cuts and breakages. Increase this extra order to fifteen if laying a diamond pattern of tiles.

What is a vitrified tile?

Vitrified means the tile doesn’t absorb water. Glaze vitrified means the tile has been glazed.

What are the signs to seem for if I feel I even have a leaky bathroom?

Look for water stains at the bottom of the entry door to the lavatory. The water stains will seem flooring and walls. Additionally, verify the bottom of the walls that back onto the shower recess (i.e., from adjacent rooms). In some cases, mould forming on a wall surface can be noticeable.
If the lavatory is on the primary floor, verify the ceilings directly beneath as these signs provides a smart indication of whether or not a central floor toilet is leaky.

How do I fix excessive staining between the grout joints on the balcony floor tiles?

You have to remove the stain throughout routine cleansing otherwise you will experience efflorescence (crystalline deposit of salts, sometimes beginning as a white powder, that forms on or close to the surface of merchandise that contains cement).
In some circumstances, the efflorescence causes deterioration of the grout joints to the ground tiles and even disfigures the face of the ground tile.

To repair this defect typically needs the removal of the tile, sand and cement screed bed and waterproofing membrane. Reinstallation of the finishes with additives to the sand and cement screed ought to make sure that the efflorescence doesn’t come to the balcony.
When balcony remedial repairs are necessary, you may incline to the drain style.

How do I do know if my planter box is leaking? Why do planter boxes leak?

As with alternative water defects, you may typically notice stains to the skin of planter box walls, sometimes wherever the wall meets the ground of the planter box. In some cases, the paint can blister from the wall surface.

Tree roots will cause intensive harm to the waterproofing membranes used among planter boxes. The tree root can follow the wet trails through lap joints or tiny penetrations within the membrane and tear it apart. Once this has occurred, the planter box will leak. The general movement of the building structure may also tear waterproofing membranes at the ground and wall junctions. Once this tearing happens, water freely travels and causes a defect.

What are the hazards related to water leaks?

Where the floors beneath leaky wet areas are made with timber, over an amount of your time, the leak might weaken the structure and also cause it to fail. Likewise, this suggests you’ll go wrong the ground in an exceeding toilet, laundry, balcony or roof terrace.

If you believe you have got a leaky space, it’s best to prevent access until a building examination is disbursed and also a licenced builder creates their pairs. Moreover, electrical hazards are common wherever water is leaky into wall frames adjacent to or below wet areas of the living accommodations. This may come about within the electrical, electronic equipment tripping once power-points or lightweight switches are turned on, and within the worst case cause a fireplace.