Tiling Advice

Checklist before you purchase your tiles:

  • What area do you wish to tile?
  • Are your measurements accurate?
  • Have you organised a tiler?
  • Is your sub-floor or wall surface in a suitable condition?

Choosing the Right Style: Size and Colour

Size and colour are vitally important. You can make a big difference to a tiny space if you swap your small tiles for larger tiles. The brighter the colour the bigger the room will appear. It is also important to keep in mind the amount of natural light available in the room, as this too will play a part in the overall appearance. Another consideration is the main fixtures you need to match your tiles with e.g. kitchen units or bathroom furniture.

Tubs & Tiles Tip...tile both the floor and walls in the same colour. It makes the room appear larger, more uniform and you can transform your bathroom from dull to dramatic with minimal effort.

Shade Variation: Shade variation will occur between different batches of ceramic and porcelain tiles. The shade or tone of the tile will be indicated on the side of the box. Always check that you have the correct shade or tone before tiling commences. For natural stone shade or tone variation, please revert to the natural stone section for tips and advice.

 Do you have the correct measurements? Here are a few simple steps from Tubs & Tiles

Wall Tiles: For your walls tiles, simply measure the length by the height. Measure the windows and doors separately and then subtract them from the total.

Awkward Floors: For awkward floors or where the wall may break into sections, measure these areas separately then add the total together.

Border Tiles: For border tiles, simply measure the perimeter of your room and then divide by the length of the border.

Tubs & Tiles staff are highly experienced in this area and will gladly advice and assist you with your measurements. Simply call one of our experienced sales staff for assistance or arrange an after hour’s appointment at any of our stores.

*Remember to allow for wastage caused by cutting etc. so always order an extra 10%, this will usually suffice for regular size tiles. However, you will need to allow up to 20% for larger sized tiles.

Ceramic Wall & Floor Tiles

Ceramic tiles are ideal if you’re trying to achieve a certain look on a budget. They are an easy material to work with and therefore should result in lower labour costs.

These tiles are most commonly used in bathrooms and kitchens for wall and floor use. They have a glazed biscuit backing (in either white or red) which makes them unsuitable for use outdoors. For this reason they are generally not suitable for commercial high traffic areas or exterior applications. Ceramic tiles are available in a wide variety of colours and designs, which you can enhance by using borders in ceramics, mosaics or natural stone.

Large tiles will make your room look bigger as there are less grout lines. However, bowing is a characteristic of large format rectangle tiles. Bowing can be described as a slight curve in the tile whereby the surface is not perfectly flat. This characteristic is more noticeable when the tiles are laid brick bond or in a staggered pattern. For this reason Tubs & Tiles recommend using a grout joint of 2mm and the grout joints should be aligned. Ask our sales team for fixing advice.

Always remember to use floor tiles for the floor. Never use wall tiles on a floor as they are lighter and not suitable for heavy traffic.