ADVICE

What is a rectified tile?

A rectified tile is a tile that is cut after it has been fired. This results in a very accurate 90 degree angle edge on the tile which enables it to be laid almost butted up against the tile next to it. This allows you to minimise the grout joint between the tiles which gives a more seamless look to your surface.

What is a porcelain tile?

Porcelain tiles are merely a form of ceramic tiles. Whilst the preparation of both types of tiles are similar, it is the pressing and firing process which results in the porcelain tile having the superior characteristics of being much stronger and less porous with a water absorption rate of 0.5% or better.

How do I estimate the quantity of tiles I require?

Wall and floor tiles are generally ordered by the square metre and it is sound practice to order an extra 10% - 15% to cover wastage and to have an extra box or two of spare tiles in case repairs should be needed.

How do I choose tiles for my project?

Choosing your tile is a personal choice taking into consideration colours, matching decor, fashion, etc. If you are tiling an area that comes in contact with moisture (eg pool surrounds, patios, outdoor areas, etc) you should consider a tile with some grip. The team at Tons of Tiles can assist you to select the best tile for your situation.

What adhesives and grout do I need?

There are many adhesives available and the correct one for your tiling job will depend on the surface you are tiling onto and the tiles you select. The team at Tons of Tiles have superior knowledge and will ensure you purchase the best adhesive for the job at hand.

DIY or ring a tiler?

Tiling can be done by the average handyman, however for those more complicated jobs it is worth hiring a professional tiler to lay the tiles. Please ask the team at Tons of Tiles for some names of local tilers who could provide a quote. If you want to give it a go yourself, Tons of Tiles have a comprehensive range of the tools and products you need to get the job done.

How do I clean and maintain my tiles?

The lifetime of the tiled surface depends on how well it is cared for. Use appropriate detergents on tiles, in particular avoid using acid based products that are harsh and corrosive. Avoid using metal pads on your tile surface, especially on shiny surfaces as this will result in scoring, scratching and loss of gloss finish. As with all flooring dirt, dust and various residues tend to be collected. Use clean warm water with the addition of detergents diluted to the manufacturer’s instructions. On textured tile surfaces we recommend the use of a heavy duty floor cloth.

Do I require extra tiles for wastage?

Make sure you purchase 10-15% extra tiles for cutting and wastage. This will ensure you don't run short and are unable to purchase more of the same tile and batch.

What preparation is required prior to tiling?

Preparation is the key to a good tiling job. Always ensure your surfaceis clean, dry, level and free of movement before you begin tiling.

What is lipping and how do I avoid it?

Lipping is where a tile sits slightly higher than the tile butting up against it, creating an uneven finish. To avoid unsightly 'lipping' of tiles make use of our NEW clip system which assists greatly in minimising the incidence of this occurring. Drop by our store and see the display.

How do I make my room look larger?

When tiling the walls in a small space, lighter coloured tiles will aid in making the room appear larger. Larger tiles will also have the same effect.

How do I replace a damaged tile?

When trying to remove a damaged tile from either a wall or the floor do not start from the edge of the tile! You run the risk of damaging the ‘good’ tile next to the offender. Rather, first remove the grout from around the damaged tile with a grout rake, then begin from the CENTER of the damaged tile and chip out in an ever enlarging circle until one is left with a thin crust. Finally, gently prise out the tile with an old flat head screwdriver. Replace the tile using an adhesive recommended by our Tons of Tiles team.

How do I clean up after grouting?

Always provide 10-15 minutes drying time prior to wiping the surface with a damp dense sponge, working diagonally across the tile joints.

What surfaces can I tile over??

Ceramic tiles can be laid over virtually any level, firm, rigid surface. Even surfaces like metal, old tiles and timber can be tiled over using the correct adhesive. Make sure to ask one of our team at Tons of Tiles for assistance in choosing the correct adhesive.