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. M

    Finding a matching tile

    Hi, Any ideas how I could find a match for this tile in my bathroom? Lightly patterned grey, measuring 39.5cm square. Guess its about 13 years old... many thanks
  2. notanotherjob

    DIY Tiling on tile in open porch

    HI Would I be able to tile over tiles in an open porch with porcelain patterned tiles. If so what preparation do I need to do first? Hopefully the link shows the tiles that are down at the moment...
  3. L

    Loose broken tile help/how was it affixed and how to reaffix?

    Our tile installer abandoned our new installation project. A smaller section of cut tile (approximately 11 3/4 inch by 2 inch) had broken loose before he left. It was installed on top of LVT flooring in the adjacent room without orange DITRA underneath. When we pulled the tile up we found a dry...
  4. A

    I need Himalaya ivory tile

    I am looking for 15 sq ft of this tile to match my floor. Tile was removed around toilet after a major overflow.
  5. L

    Broken tile help! How was/how to affix??

    Our tile installer abandoned our new installation project. A smaller section of cut tile (approximately 11 3/4 inch by 2 inch) had broken loose before he left. It was installed on top of LVT flooring in the adjacent room without orange DITRA underneath. When we pulled it all the way out there...
  6. P

    Looking for this tile

    Can anyone suggest what tile or where I could buy a match to this bathroom wall tile? The only info I have is CMCER/PROG-B. Progressive Beige 40 x 40 External Walls. It was originally sold by Elite Tiles in Hendon, but they closed down. I think the code may be the shop code only Any help...
  7. roch2177

    I'm Looking For This Tile Can anyone identify this tile

    Can anyone identify these black and white tiles in my hallway. All I know is they are a topps tile and they are 20cm x 20cm. Thanks
  8. roch2177

    I'm Looking For This Tile Can anyone identify this tile

    Can anyone identify these black and white tiles in my hallway. All I know is they are a topps tile and they are 20cm x 20cm. Thanks
  9. roch2177

    I'm Looking For This Tile Padova 80 topps tile

    I'm due to have my shower area regrouted and I was hoping to find someone that has some spare padova 80 tiles in case they crack. I really hope someone can help me?
  10. D

    I'm Looking For This Tile Wickes mayfield riven beige tile

    I'm looking for wickes 300mm x 500mm mayfield riven beige supplied in 2016 if anybody could help out. Thanks
  11. jaybirdswe

    Tile cracks while using montolit p3

    Hi! I get this very unwanted result when i try to cut a 60x60 (cm) tile with a Montolit P3 (bought used) What am i doing wrong? the red arm doesnt seem to support the tile very good if this could has something to do with it..
  12. A

    Tile edges showing after tiling- can anything be done?

    Hello, We recently had a family friend who is just about to finish his tiling apprenticeship tile out splashback (paid job). Unfortunately we have noticed that the tile edges are showing in two areas. Are there any options to rectify this or will we need to pull tiles up and start again? We...
  13. K

    Can ceramic tile trim be installed over existing Schluter trim?

    My parent's shower tile was installed using Schluter trim, but it is Mexican tile and would look better with tile trim. Is it possible to install tile trim over the Schluter somehow? The highest priority is adding tile to the outside of the pony wall as shown in the photos, but we would like to...
  14. P

    Gap between the ceiling and tile

    Hi, please looking for some advice, so we had a horrible tiler leave a tiny gap between the tiles and the ceiling, I honestly don't know what to cover it with to make it look seamless. The tiler lied to us and later we found out he's never actually tiled before. Any advice will be appreciated.
  15. D

    Porcelain Upstairs/2ND Story Durock 1/4 for Italian Porcelain Tile Florida home

    Hello, A recent property purchase as an investment in Florida. Home is 1-owner from new. I'm second owner. Mint condition home. No pets or kids. Just an older retired couple who originally bought it. I took out the upstairs carpet and orginal tile. Subflooring was mint. I decided to put 6x36...
  16. T

    How to trim/hide handmade mexican tile edges

    Planning to tile halfway up my kitchen window, I want to tile inside the recess but how to negotiate the external corner has me stumped. Absolutely cannot find any such thing as a bullnose mexican tile in the UK and I feel like a metal or plastic trim would ruin the handmade aesthetic... How to...
  17. leerbergtiling

    Licensed tiler in Sydney, 50+ years in experience - AMA

    Hi guys, My name is Jepp, the co-owner of Leerberg Tiling Pty Ltd, a licensed tiling company in NSW, Australia with over 50 years of experience in the field. I recently just joined this forum and thrilled by all the great threads and replies this place have. I've also seen a lot of people with...
  18. J

    Chipped Floor Tile - Best Way to Fix

    Hi all I have some chips on my kitchen floor tiles. What is the best method to fix them please? Thanks in advice. Jim
  19. R

    FLAT BED WET TILE CUTTERS

    HI FOLKS. LOOKING TO EXPAND ON MY TILING TOOLS AND INVEST IN A WET TILE CUTTER. WITH SO MANY TILING JOBS BECOMING LARGE FORMAT WAS WANTING ONE WITH A GOOD RIP CUT LENGTH. ALSO NEED SOMETHING NOT TOO BULKY AND EASY TO DISMANTLE /ERECT I SEE ONLINE THE DEWALT D2400 GETS GOOD PRAISE. DONT WANT TO...
  20. Tergly

    Does size really matter?

    Hi there I have had some tiling done in a downstairs toilet. Tiler has said that I have made it more difficult for him as I changed my mind from 2' x 1' tiles to 1' x 1' (I am sure at the time he said it would not make any difference) which needed more cuts. Would this be true? He has used...
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