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. L

    Trying to source an obscure size octagonal tile

    I hope you can help we are trying to source (for a match) some 300mm by 300mm matte white taco tiles with a black insert. We are finding this hard as a lot of the websites we find seem to have 200mm by 200mm or 316mm by 316mm. I have attached some photos for reference below. We have one box...
  2. Lou

    New Good Morning Thread 2024

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  3. C

    White Tiles Gone Grey Around Shower/Bath

    I've got some matt white ceramic tiles that have gone grey on the shower wall. Presumably water ingress. I had two or three tiles do this before and had them replaced. I've only got a few left to replace the two that have discoloured. Will they go back to the white again and if so can I seal...
  4. M

    Tiling on walls after old tiles removed

    Do you think it would be ok to tile over this wall after the removal of the original tiles?
  5. A

    Advice for neating up tile edges left by professional tiler.

    Hi there Homeowner here who recently had my kitchen tiled by a professional tiler. We’ve been left with some untidy edges to tiles and I’m looking for an easy solution to fix and improve the appearance myself. The tile had to be cut and the edge that has been left is not neat. The tiles are...
  6. joebloggs1983

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    Hello I am trying to find tiles like the one in the picture below. They are 2in x 2in. The tiles are a range of colours all similar to the one shown. Many thanks in advance Joe Bloggs
  7. W

    Advice on fixing "professional" tile job

    Hello, I'm just a home owner who doesn't have much experience with tiling but I'm looking for advice on fixing a few problems that a professional left me with. He of course has not responded to any messages. Basically it turns out that he used the dot and dab method when retiling my bathroom...
  8. D

    I'm looking for this BCT tile older and possibly discontinued

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  9. B

    LF Nerea Crema Johnson's tiles

    Hi there, Thanks for my successful registration within this group and Forum. I am currently hunting down a specific tile, made by Johnson's tiles that was imported from Spain in 2013 / 2014 called Nerea Crema, due to a tile breakage. Please see the attached photos for shade variation and...
  10. C

    Has anyone purchased tiles from the UK website tilers-world.com ?

    The trustpilot reviews for tilers-world are excellent, but there's not a huge number of them. Price seems good for the tiles I need, but I need a large number of porcelain tiles for an external job. It will be a lot of money in total so I wanted to be confident before ordering from an online...
  11. S

    Floorboard needs changing in bathroom . Wet/rotten

    Hey guys I have a small bathroom but water seems to leak to the kitchen. I realised under the floor tiles, one of the floorboards on side of the bath was wet through and almost rotten over years of this issue. So I feel the water has been seeping through that due to splashes over the bath...
  12. S


    Hello I'm new to tiling my first flooring job it's 42sqm in 600x 200 floor tiles (wood effect) My room starts at front door where I'm hoping to start"?" To then go right through door into living room then left into dining room ans left to the kitchen! It's like a big u shape I do have a floor...
  13. nick9one1

    how to lay out tiles in wetroom form

    Hi, I'm tiling the floor of a wetroom and would like some advice on the best way to lay the tile. I plan to use 300mm x 600mm tiles, and there is a 800x1100 wet room form installed with a 300mm linear drain. Because the wide of the form has been trimmed, it doesn't exactly match the tile...
  14. L

    Ceramic Wall Tile Failure - How?

    Looking for some technical advice on these tiles please. Our installers fitted this CaPietra Ceramic tile in Oct 22. CCL Wetroom floor, tanked plasterboard to walls. We believe they used a ready-mix adhesive such as BAL White Star as it looks too white from installation photos to be...
  15. J

    Can anyone identify this floor tile please

    Anyone know where I could find this tile to replace cracked ones. It is a floor tile and measures 330mm x 330 mm many thanks
  16. Mtile89

    Slc or ditra mat to tile over UFH?

    Hi I asked the Wunda technical department if I can just use a Ditra mat only and not the SLC. They said the Decoupling membranes are fine to use, they just don't form part of their normal recommendations. They advise that it would be best to bond the Ditra mat down with the recommended tile...
  17. leemkule

    Has anyone ordered tiles from Tile.expert website?

    I'm trying to source some specific tiles from Marazzi, but it seems most UK dealers are just re-sellers that rebrand tiles under their own name from Spanish / Italian manufacturers. I found the Tile.Expert and can get the tiles I'm after, they have decent trustpilot reviews, but have my...
  18. S

    Split tiles remove or seal?

    We inherited split face tiles on a feature wall in our ensuite. In my naivety over the last few years these have been cleaned with a steamer and bathroom cleaner. They aren't fairing so well now - constantly damp, chip easily when cleaned and a brown residue can comes off when cleaned (this may...
  19. G

    DIY Pebble floor tiles installation

    Hi looking for advice laying these floor tiles. My bathroom is chipboard. I’m going to get hardie cement backer board, lay it onto adhesive and screw to floor and line joints with tape. Then I’m going to install these natural stone pebbles on top with adhesive. Question 1. Would the (mapeker...
  20. O

    Tile trim & shower screen

    Hi I have two questions. First question. My bath is only 700 wide & im only going to tile to the edge of the bath. I have a glass shower screen which I was going to put in after & set it about a 10-15mmm in from the edge. So I’m going to be left with about 10/15mm of tile showing just past the...
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