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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    Scratched porcelain floor tile

    Hello, We accidentally scratched a few tiles while moving into our new home. It has been bothering me ever since. I was wondering if there is anyway to polish it up or hide it? Attached is an example. About 3-4 tiles were affected.
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    Broken tile. Could a tiler replace it without breaking others?

    Hello, we have recently had some carpet fitters in who have done a great job but have accidentally broken a kitchen tile. The carpet fitters have contacted a builder who thinks it's too risky to remove the cracked tile due to the risk of breaking others and so he has proposed that he could fit...
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    Removing / hiding scratches in a high-glaze porcelain tile

    Hello, A tile got scratched while trying to move a heavy furniture. Now it bothers me everytime I look at the floor. Anyway to polish or remove it ? Image attached
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    Moving to Australia to tile

    We are a tile retail and fixing company in Tasmania Australia and have had success with one tiler coming from England to work for us. Are there any more that are interested?
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    I'm Looking For This Tile Looking for Merola Mazzo Hex Deco Lace tile

    Need Somertile Mazzo Hex Deco Lace tile. It was discontinued in July 2023. It was distributed by Merola, and had been available at Home Depot, Wayfair, Overstock.com, and Lowes Home Improvement.
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    I'm Looking For This Tile Mazarri Catwalk Blue Ballet

    I need 30 pieces of this 12"x12" mosaic glass tile. Any ideas or leads would be appreciated!
  7. Waynok57

    Need Emser Gateway Noce 12x24 Tile

    I am trying to find some discontinued Emser Gateway Noce 12x24" tile. I need about 2 boxes to add a standalone tub to my master bathroom. I live in Roseville, CA
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    Scratched porcelain floor tile in shower

    I like DIY projects. Figured I'd try my hand at removing cracked grout in my shower and replace it with caulk. To remove the old grout I used a oscillating tool with diamond edged grout remover. The end result is severely scratched floor tile. Is there any way to remove the scratches short of...
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    Repairing large (130mm) hole in tile

    I had some work done leaving an approximately 130mm diameter hole in the floor & tile where pipes previously came through. Wondering if it would be best to replace the entire tile or just patch it with a piece of tile? I know normally it would be replace the entire tile as this would...
  10. mestanovsky

    Advice for tile over unconventional wood subfloor?

    I’ve got 3/4” MDF over 1-1/2” t&g car decking, over 6x8” joists on 48” centers. All solid, good shape. Specs for cement board and ditra seems to suggest I should give up hope of successful tiling because of wide joist spacing. But I want to believe. And think the thickness of Mdf+ car decking...
  11. SanDiegoChip

    Questions About Tile Over Tile Plan for Walk-in Shower

    Hello, Just joined the forum and am hoping to get some advice on a project. I live in San Diego, CA. My wife and I have been unhappy with our master bath walk-in shower floor since we bought the house 25 years ago. We do not like the aesthetics and the floor always looks dirty. For the last 10...
  12. SanDiegoChip

    Looking for Advice on Plan to Lay Tile over Tile for Shower Floor

    Hello, Just joined the forum and am hoping to get some advice on a project. I live in San Diego, CA - hope this is OK (just noticed you are UK based). My wife and I have been unhappy with our master bath walk-in shower floor since we bought the house 25 years ago. We do not like the...
  13. AWM2022

    I Have Spare Tiles Porcelanosa Hampton Beige Floor Tile 22cm x 90cm (13 Boxes,15.444 M2)

    Available - Porcelanosa Hampton Beige Floor Tile 22cm x 90cm (13 Boxes - 15.444 M2) Porcelanosa Hampton Beige 22 x 90 cm – A premium light Grey wood-effect porcelain wall and floor tile with natural grain, knots and tone variations. Practical for internal and external applications. Manufactured...
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    Brutus Pro 1100 tile cutting disk

    Can anybody advise where I can get diamond tipped disk for Brutus Pro 1100 wet saw. I bought second hand and looking online on the user instructions it says disk has 16mm bore I cannot find one anywhere. TIA
  15. Steve_Bcs

    Adhesive How should I remove tile adhesive from the edges of lifted tiles

    The saga of my hollow floor 50sqm continues. All tiles now lifted but there is adhesive around the edges of most tiles (800x800) and a small amount on the back. Whats the best method of cleaning these tiles ip ready for relaying? The tiles were not grouted and the adhesive residue is around the...
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    I'm Looking For This Tile Tiburon Dune tile 16 x 16 from Laufen Tile

    Does anyone have at least 6 tiles called Tiburon dune manufactured by Laufen tile company?
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    Porcelain SLC over old tile adhesive

    Further to my other post re our hollow tiles issue It looks like our tiler has dot and dabbed most of our floor to accommodate tiling 800x800 porcelain over an uneven floor. The gap from defrac membrane to the underside of the tiles in question is around 20mm. The membrane sits directly on our...
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    Tile adhesive as a filler.

    I'm tiling over tiles and I want to extend them a little way beyond where the old ones stop. Can I apply the adhesive an extra 6mm deep to fill the space?
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    PurpleSticker on tiles

    Hello Can anyone tell me why sticker might be on a tile I have uncovered?
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    trowel for 2.4x1.2m tile, 3mm bed (tiger?)

    Manufacturer specified 3mm bed for these large format (2.4x1.2m) tiles, and that's what the build prepped for. Now I'm wondering what trowel to use to get the best results; was going for a u-notched one, but now I'm wondering whether a tiger trowel would be better? Though I can't find any info...
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