tile

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.

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  1. AP tiler

    Grout problems.

    Hi guys. Recently had a problem with grout having to rake out 3 bathrooms worth today. The grout has dried hard with but when wet can be scrubbed and the pigments come off on the cloth. Has anyone ever had similar problems. Don’t want to Name and shame the grout. Probably used it over 100 times...
  2. UKTT Darren

    How To Tile For A Living Course

    UK Pro Tiling Training have developed a tiling training course that can be completed without the need to travel, accessible from anywhere in the world. the program has 45 professional tiling lessons that you follow along with the instructor. Learn how to set tiles professionally, cut and shape...
  3. UKTT Darren

    How To Tile For A Living Course

    UK Pro Tiling Training have developed a tiling training course that can be completed without the need to travel, accessible from anywhere in the world. the program has 45 professional tiling lessons that you follow along with the instructor. Learn how to set tiles professionally, cut and shape...
  4. N

    New Tiler Jobs - any help appreciated

    Good morning, i took voluntary redundancy that kicks in at the end of September. I did a home course with U.K. pro tiling and start a second course in September. I am looking to get work as soon as possible even if it’s labouring for a gang of tilers and learning their tricks of the trade. I...
  5. R

    Cracked tile in shower

    Hello We recently had our bathroom renovated. We have a walk-in shower, so the tiles are the same in the shower and the bathroom floor. One of the porcelain tiles (large format: 800x800x10mm) has cracked by the walk-in shower. The tile was cut (‘L’ shape cut) to fit the wet room kit. The crack...
  6. R

    I'm Looking For This Tile Padova beige floor tile - Topps Tiles code 810329

    Due to being them poorly laid some years ago, I have a few cracked tiles. I know these have been discontinued but if anyone knows how I can get some, myself (and the wife) would be eternally grateful. Paul
  7. T

    Shower glass pane against skimmed wall and up against tile edge.

    Hi all, This forum has been a wealth of knowledge for me while i tackled our new build. A quick question please regarding wetroom wall tiles and a glass partition. Where the wall tile meets the glass partition (tile will finish here and not go beyond the glass), do i finish the edge of the...
  8. T

    Wetroom - Wall Tile Up To Glass Partition

    Hi all, This forum has been a wealth of knowledge for me while i tackled our new build. A quick question please regarding wetroom wall tiles and a glass partition. Where the wall tile meets the glass partition (tile will finish here and not go beyond the glass), do i finish the edge of the...
  9. DcoltGaming

    How to fix porcelain tile chip?

    Hi all, I laid porcelain outside tile earlier (https://www.travisperkins.co.uk/gar...-outdoor-porcelain-tile-600x600x20mm/p/484571) but noticed a small chip on it. Is there any way to repair it to prevent me from taking it up and relay? # I was looking at something like...
  10. C

    looking for help to find a tile

    HI, I,m looking for a tile which is not in stock anywhere anymore. It was made by British ceramics. (who have gone out of business) The tile is a Laura Ashley tile, it's a ceramic, (250mm x 500mm) white and called "cottonwood" the tile code is = LA51454, i have tried all sites and have had no...
  11. J

    Advice on old tile removal

    Hi I’ve removed old tiles in my house and there is the old adhesive behind it. In some cases it fell off when I was taking off the tiles. I’m not sure whether to take this off or not, would you have any advise on the best way to remove this please? We are planning on getting in a tiler to...
  12. R

    Tile supplier wanted

    Hi, We are near completing the work on my house and now looking for 300 Sq meters of 20mm porcelain tiles, to be 600mm X 900 or similar, must be 600 wide tho, I looking for White or very light Grey something like the picture attached Is there a company I can import them from ao a compamy in the...
  13. Bil Man

    Electric UFH UFH - Porcelein tile & Schluter Ditra

    Dear all, First time poster here and would like you r kind suggetion. I am getting a builder installing porcelein tile for me in the kitchen with underfloor heating. Unfortunately the tiler is out of country and not able to discuss with him the details. My electrician recommended that i need to...
  14. M

    Tile expansion joint - small bathroom and boarded

    Hello I have a 3 x 2.4m bathroom. Floor is 25mm ply overboarded with 6mm cement board. Walls are a mixture of brick & stud that have been boarded with either foam tile backer board or moisture resistant plasterboard depending on area. For a room this size and with those features is an...
  15. Zaney1987

    Can anyone recognise this old tile please?

    Total long shot of course but owner needs only one tile for a very exposed position and can’t afford to replace entire floor. Thanks in advance
  16. JL Building

    What type of tile is this?

    Hi Newbie here! I've got a couple of tiles to replace on a job I'm doing but struggling to source the type of tile. Would anyone be able to advise what tile this is? Thanks
  17. I

    Tile sealer which one

    Hi ppl Need advice regarding sealing kitchen tiles. I believe I have lappato tile laid on my kitchen floor . They get very dirty takes hours of scrubbing to clean them . I need to seal them have previously used fila lappato tile sealer didn't make much difference . I'm going to clean the...
  18. S

    Fixing botched tile job in a wetroom, need advice

    Need some advice on a wetroom repair. Tiler installed the tile trim too close to all the edges of the door frame, only discovered this when i went to rehang the door, the hinges cant go flush to the frame and couldnt even put the strike plate back on theres no room at all. Ive removed the trim...
  19. J

    Porcelain Tile in my Garage

    I have been researching this for days and need some help. My garage has a concrete floor. I live in Sacramento (a Mediterranean climate) I ground my floor with a 70 grit grinder to get the epoxy applied 22 years ago and I now have a smooth and level surface with no cracks. I had the expansion...
  20. C

    Cracked tile help please

    Hi could anyone help me a porcelain tile I kitchen has cracked and has a small hole the cracks around it are getting worse. Does anyone know if there is anything I can fill it with rather than removing the tile
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