CERAMIC WALL AND FLOOR TILING IN BATH
To get the best result when fixing tiles, the surface to be tiled should be flat, rigid, dry and in good condition. We therefore recommend that before any tiles are fixed, the surface that will be tiled must be prepared to achieve this.
Preparation work necessary may include replacing plasterboard walls, overboarding the existing wall or floor, waterproofing the surface, using a self levelling compound on uneven floors, fixing a de-coupling membrane to accommodate lateral movement, and when necessary removing and fully replacing the existing wall or floor.
Tiling onto tiles is not usually recommended – old tiles may not have been properly fixed, the underlying wall may not be strong enough to hold the weight of two layers of tiles, and the original tiled surface is often in poor condition. We generally recommend that all existing tiling is completing removed before any new tiles are applied.
In some cases when laying a new tiled floor, under floor heating will provide significant benefits to the people living in the house, adding a luxurious warm surface to walk and stand on, as well as providing a relatively cost effective heating solution to the room where it is installed.
CHOOSING YOUR TILES
Whilst wall tiles do not have to be hard wearing, floors suffer much more wear and benefit from use of porcelain rather than ceramic tiles. Natural stone makes an excellent floor tile surface, providing it is properly installed and treated to preserve its natural beauty. We recommend that you check our natural stone tiling section for more information, on natural stone tiling, but we are also happy to provide advice and guidance on choosing the appropriate tiles for your needs.
THE FINISHED TILED INSTALLATION
Should be flat (depending on the riven surface or nature of the tiles supplied) with straight joints that are evenly grouted with expansion joints applied when necessary.