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Tiles are usually thin, square or rectangular coverings manufactured from hard-wearing material such as ceramic, stone, metal, baked clay, or even glass. They are generally fixed in place in an array to cover roofs, floors, walls, edges, or other objects such as tabletops. Alternatively, tile can sometimes refer to similar units made from lightweight materials such as perlite, wood, and mineral wool, typically used for wall and ceiling applications. In another sense, a tile is a construction tile or similar object, such as rectangular counters used in playing games (see tile-based game). The word is derived from the French word tuile, which is, in turn, from the Latin word tegula, meaning a roof tile composed of fired clay.
Tiles are often used to form wall and floor coverings, and can range from simple square tiles to complex or mosaics. Tiles are most often made of ceramic, typically glazed for internal uses and unglazed for roofing, but other materials are also commonly used, such as glass, cork, concrete and other composite materials, and stone. Tiling stone is typically marble, onyx, granite or slate. Thinner tiles can be used on walls than on floors, which require more durable surfaces that will resist impacts.
Global production of ceramic tiles, excluding roof tiles, was estimated to be 12.7 billion m2 in 2019.

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  1. Dan

    Preparation Tile Adhesive Brands you lot use, ready for a new poll in a couple of weeks.

    Let us know which brand of tiles adhesive you use. And the price per bag trade if possible. Let's see if there's is a disparity across the country.
  2. blackarrow1990

    Height difference big tiles/mosaic

    Hello I plan to tile our bathroom with 60x60 cm tiles (8 mm thick) and the shower (because of the slope from all sides) will be done with mosaic tiles (5x5 cm). After researching I came to the conclusion that the big tiles will be done using buttering-floating-method (trowel 10 mm on the floor...
  3. S

    UK Question about tile sizes

    I have moved into a new house and want to tile the downstairs bathroom walls. Its not a big room but my wife likes the idea of a feature wall tile and then a grey / white tile on the other 3 walls. I've never tiled before and ordered some samples from an online store. My query is that the...
  4. E

    USA Verde Alpi marble tiles 12 x 12

    I'm searching for 42 pieces of 12" x 12" Verde Alpi marble tiles. Preferably honed. 12" x 24" could work also. I am in San Diego, CA, USA, so would need packaging and shipment if not local. here is photo:
  5. Dan

    Have you ever worked for a National Tile Supplier or even just smaller big chain tile suppliers?

    Have you ever worked for a National Tile Supplier or even just smaller big chain tile suppliers? I'll tell you a funny story about how I got a job with Topps Tiles Newcastle and got top sales every month while the manager was an utter arse. Phillip Cuthburtson (Will Check Spelling Tomorrow)...
  6. A

    Setting Out How would you orientate these tiles?

    Hi, I have a small en-suite 1200 x 2400, with a 1200 x 900mm linear drain tray which will have sliding shower doors. The tiles are 600x1200 blue/grey onyx style which I would like to look like one continuous pattern. I have 5 tiles (plus one broken one) Which way would lay these?
  7. M

    UK Wet tile cutters for 1200x600 porcelain

    Hi all. Just wanting some advice and wondering what the pros in here are using nowadays for cutting large format porc? Ive been relatively lucky up until recently and been able to cut most of the tiles customers choose with my trusty DeWalt D2400 but I have a few wet rooms coming up with...
  8. C

    UK Tile backing board adhesive and application

    I'm having a nightmare trying to establish product info from distributors. For example, Jackoboard: Installation instructions say put the adhesive on the wall, their video tells you to put it on the back of the board. There are countless examples like this from other manufactures. Abacus...
  9. A

    Efflorescence issue

    Hi! Hoping for some advice on fixing this efflorescence. Only have this issue in the shower. Have the same tiles elsewhere without issue. Have tried vinegar, have tried dravco tile cleaner and have tried 12% hydrogen peroxide. Each one has made no change. Each one gave a good scrub with.
  10. S

    Aus Wanted: 1-2 Sqm of Porcelonosa GLASS BLANCO 31.6cm X 90cm tiles

    Hello, Anyone got any left over tiles need 2 to repair a client shower installed in 2014. Tile cracked due to heavy lefroy brooks shower handle falling onto it. ( wish they did not make them so heavy & solid but thats old quality product for you). Tile is Porcelonosa GLASS Blanco 31.6cm X 90cm.
  11. S

    UK White rings on reclaimed quarry tiles

    Hi there. Wondering if anyone can help? We had a path laid using reclaimed quarry tiles on top of a new concrete base. It looked fine to start with, but a few days after laying, some of the black tiles started to show white haze / rings. I presumed grout haze so tried white vinegar and then a...
  12. C

    natural tiles adhesive blooming through

    HI Can anyone help me with some tile blooming that has happened , laid a floor on durabase decoupling with white regular set tile cement and some blooming as appeared on the surface
  13. R

    Wall & Floor Tiler Queensland Australia Tile Right

    Wall & Floor Tiler Queensland Australia Tile Right About the role Seeking a Wall & Floor Tiler to join our down to earth team. Mainly domestic insurance work around Brisbane Australia metro suburbs. This position can lead to permanent residency. Why should you join us? Yes, a total of 8...
  14. Dan

    Rocatex Tile Adhesive - Is this any good?

    Just seen Rocatex on uHeat.co.uk and thought hmmm that's a new one on me. Anybody used it yet? ROCATEX C2FT S1 RAPID FLEX GREY ADHESIVE - 20KG Grey rapid set flexible adhesive for natural stone and tiles. Ceramic / Porcelain / Mosaics Natural stone / Flagstones Screeds / Concrete / Timber...
  15. How to cut tiles

    How to cut tiles

    How to cut tiles
  16. Dan

    Sod the Princess and her picture, checkout those tiles!

    Checkout those encaustic floor tiles. Don't think she's doctored those. Some lippage.
  17. J

    Advice for mat and marble tiles :)

    Hi everyone I am building my own house and now I'm ready to tile the floor downstairs. I have underfloor heating (wet system) with the calcium screed on top. Its about 65 mm thick the screed is. I was advised by the company that installed the screed to sand the top to get the film off, I have...
  18. N

    Remove and replace shower river rock tile flooring and marble wall tile water damage help

    This is my first time posting, I searched for a similar thread and didn't find much- apologies if this is a repeat! My upstairs bathroom has a walk-in shower with marble wall tile and river stone floor. The river rock flooring is getting messed up. The grout is cracking and coming loose, and a...
  19. K

    Desperate Need of Old Tile Pieces

    I am looking for a tile that may be discontinued. But the box says MONOCOTTURE IN PASTA BIANCA 1200C ceramiche di sassulo. Any ideas will be so appreciated. Located in South Florida area.
  20. J

    TEKCEM FIBRE what needed to porcelain tile

    hello new here but wished i had found and asked before screed and ufh down but here goes. We have an extension (9m by 6.2m) which has a standard slab been down for 4 months, and then insulation in quick drying screed, the existing part has a slightly friable slab with approx 20mm of latex self...
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