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Prevent Cracked tiles with these Tips

Prevent Cracked tiles with these Tips

Doing a good DIY tiling job means having the right tiling equipment from the Tilers Trade Centre. There’s nothing worse than laying down a new tile floor, only to find that one has cracked shortly after. In that case, you have two choices. You can replace the entire tile, which is rather difficult, or you could just leave it. Or, you could take measures to prevent those tiles from cracking in the first place. There are several things you do to keep this from happening. Keep reading to find out what they are.


Choose Porcelain Tiles


One of the best ways to prevent your tiles from cracking is to choose those that are well made and sturdy. Porcelain is the sturdiest and the most resistant to cracks, making them the ideal choice for many tiling projects. Glazed ceramic is nearly as sturdy as porcelain. However, for either choice, you need to be sure the subfloor is stiff enough to hold the tiles in place once they’re in place.


Use Plywood and a Concrete Subfloor


Most experts will tell you that your subfloor needs to be a combination of ¾-inch plywood, topped with a ¼-inch of cement board. You’ll want to keep the joints of the plywood and cement board from lining up. That way when you walk on the tile, it won’t press at the same place for both parts of the subfloor. Using an anti-fracture membrane on your subfloor can also help keep tiles in place.


Look for Dead Spots


You should be able to determine if there are dead spots beneath the tile by listening for a hollow sound when you walk on the floor. If you detect this sound, you could be experiencing moisture from the slab below. Knowing where these spots are before you lay new tile helps ensure that those dead areas don’t lead to cracking. Use a vapour barrier beneath the tile and a membrane between the slab and the tile. This will help reduce the risk of cracking once your tile is in place.


Consider Expansion


Anywhere your tile meets the wall or another type of flooring, there’s the risk of expansion, which can lead to cracks in your tile. Make sure you leave a bit of space to allow for this, using a baseboard or mortar to cover the space and make it blend with the rest of the look. That way you have a seamless look without any cracks along the edges.


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Shopping For Tiling Supplies

Shopping for tiles is not generally something people do every day. Having tiling work done is quite a major step, especially for businesses. It is often one of the finishing stages of a project, signalling that work is nearly coming to an end. As tiles are permanent, nobody envisages having to get them ripped up again once they are laid. Getting the details right is therefore vital. There is an awful lot of choice available for tiling supplies and all the tiling equipment which come with them. What you need is a tile shop which has years of experience in the industry.

Wide Choice

Floor tiles themselves come in a variety of materials. Obviously, they have to be hard wearing, but there are other considerations which come into play. Non slip tiles might be vital to your project, for example. These may be needed to comply with health and safety regulations. Laundry rooms, on the other hand, may require porcelain floor tiles to live up to their requirements.

Travertine is also a popular floor tile material. This is limestone which is produced near natural springs, so is widely available. It is also hard wearing and has been in use since Roman times. Travertine naturally occurs in cream, rust, tan or white, and has lines or circles within its natural structure. This gives tilers and designers a wide range of choice, all from the same relatively cheap material.

Other popular floor tile materials are granite, marble, onyx, slate and vinyl. While larger tiles are often chosen for large areas, detailing can be done with much smaller sizes. Some businesses still prefer mosaic tiling for particular parts of their flooring.

Essential Supplies

A good tile shop will have a choice of much more than tiles. Flooring requires leveling equipment and materials which wall tiling doesn’t. Spacing and leveling supplies are essentials which must be chosen and used carefully. Lasting tiling work could require glues, grout, trims and drains, sealers, waterproofing or even soundproofing. Then there are the additives, cleaning agents and primers which go into floor tiling work.

Finally, you may well need a range of equipment necessary to make your tiling safe, great looking and long lasting. These include tile cutters, mortar mixers and sponge holders, to name a few. As floor tiling can be an extensive piece of work, safety equipment may also be essential. Dust extractor shrouds and protective gloves are just two examples of this.

A professional trade supplier will help you out with advice as well as the best tiling supplies for your needs. They want your tiling project to succeed as much as you do, as it’s in everyone’s interests.

More Help

For more about what’s available at a good professionals’ tile shop, get in touch with us at Tilers Trade Centre.  Maroochydore it’s 07 5443 9191.