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Tiling Information

Thinking about re-tiling that bathroom or fitting out a brand new kitchen?
There are a few things to bear in mind when planning any tiling work. We have put together some information that may help you organise things.

  • Substrates and surfaces
  • Area and cost
  • Waterproofing
  • Tile Adhesives
  • Tile material
  • Grout
  • Trim and finish
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Substrates and surfaces

When quoting for your job we will look at the substrates and what they're constructed from. If they sound and square then it is straight forward, on some older properties however this may not be the case. Walls and floors can be out of alignment making tile application difficult. Substrates may not be sound enough to accommodate the application of tiles. This is when substrates can need additional reinforcement to ready them for installation of tiles. Some less reputable tiling contractors have been known to turn a blind eye to this to reduce cost. The can result in loose tiles and water damage in the future. We are always open and honest to help you make the best informed decision.

Area and cost

Having an idea of how many square meters of tiling you need have done will help you calculate how much material and labour will be involved. Use our Area Calculator below to work out square meterage.



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We recommend that you always order 15-20% more tiles than you actually need. This allows for corner cuts and can also leave you with some spares in case of future breakages. Most tile suppliers will allow you to return any unopened boxes should there be changes to your plans. You should check with your tile supplier to make sure that this is the case.



Waterproofing

If you are tiling a bathroom or laundry there are building requirements around waterproofing. Waterproofing either comes in a rubber membrane or paint that is usualy brushed onto floors and walls. It creates a watertight barrier underneath tiling that will prevent moisture penetrating into structure or adjacent rooms.

Tile Adhesives

We always use flexible adhesives to accommodate seasonal temperature fluctuations as well as to combat NZ's tendency towards earthquakes
  • Flexible tile adhesive
    A polymer modified cementious tile adhesive that allows for movement due to expansion and contration due to temperature variations
  • Exterior grade tile adhesive
    Waterproof adhesive for use on areas exposed to moisture (Swimming Pools, Balconies, Shower Floors etc)
Tile Adhesive

Tile material

There is little difference these days when buying tiles most are either a form of ceramic or natural stone.
  • Ceramic

    Porcelain tiles are ceramic tiles with an extremely low water absorption rate. Polished porcelain tiles however need sealing as the polishing process opens the pours on the tiles making them susceptible to dirt and staining.

    Vitrified tiles have an even lower porosity level and are ideal for use outdoors or on areas where water and frost may be an issue.

  • Natural stone

    Natural stone tiles need sealing on both sides prior to commencement of tiling as the stones porosity levels mean adhesives and grouts can leach through the stone if left unsealed. As well as being susceptible to staining from grease or other contaminants.

    Terracotta, literally meaning baked earth in Italian, they are made from powdered earth which is then fired to create tiles.

    Mosaics, a very decorative from of tiling.
    Modern mosaics can be constructed of many different materials Glass, Marble,Metal and Pebble being just a few. These are ideally suited to areas where a non slip surface is required due to their many grout lines and depressions creating a riven surface.

Tile Selection

Grout

Tile Grout is a fluid form of concrete used to fill the gaps between and underneath the edges of the tiles. It comes in a wide selection of colours and consistencies, so whether you are looking for bold dark grout lines or subtle near invisible ones there's a colour out there for you.
Tiling Grout

Trim and finish

Trims are used for both practical and decorative reasons, they protect the vulnerable edges of the tile as well as creating a decorative transition between to surfaces. Whether used on an exterior tile to tile corner, a tile to carpet transition or just concealing the ugly edge of a tile on a tiled skirting. Tile trims come in a variety of different forms Aluminium, Brass, PVC, Square edge and Half round being just a few.
Tile trim edging