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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    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
  2. Smith1930s

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    Hi everyone, I'm a competent DIYer and have tiled a couple of bathrooms and recently my kitchen. They've all come out very well - however, I have a friend that wants me to tile their path and I'm not sure which course of action to take in preparing it. You can see in the photo that it has...
  3. L

    subway tile sheets color varies

    i just finished a white subway tile backsplash and now it looks like some of the tiles are gray and not white. all the boxes where sealed and are the same color according to the boxes. i really didn`t notice it when putting it up , it seems like they turned gray overnight. could it have...
  4. H

    Natural Stone Tile over Limestone or remove and start again

    My bathroom currently has Limestone which was laid on marmox, we are now thinking of replacing with ceramic tiles. Tile shop says ok just to tile over it. This would save loads of work and it all seems secure. So, crack on and tile over or remove back to wall and apply new backer board? Cheers
  5. C

    Gap from last tile before ceiling

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    Laying the new tiles over old tiles

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  7. annnajoy

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    Using large format tile adhesive on 6x6 tiles

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    First ever bathroom tile job. Have i done things right or wrong

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    I'm Looking For This Tile Black jewel Diamond Tile from Toppstiles

    Hello, I am looking for the discontinued topps tiles range - Black jewel diamond
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    Tile Search to Match Existing Tile

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    Can I tile onto this?

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    Ideas for filling in a cut-out section of a porcelain tile floor.

    Seeking ideas for filling in a cut-out section of a porcelain tile floor. I removed a display cabinet from my business reception area. What remains is a missing section of tile that was cut to fit around the cabinet and concrete floor beneath the defect. The original tiles are 20” x 20”. The...
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    Quartz tile in shower

    please can I ask if quartz tiles are suitable for inside a shower cubicle. Do they need any special treatment? And do I need to look out for anything in particular? Thanks
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    Tile mitre tools advice.

    has anyone got the rubi du 200-evo 650 for cutting mitres on tiles. or have any recommendations for a cutter to do this. done the last 4 or 5 with the angle grinder looking for a cleaner cut really
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    Adhesive between tile joints

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    I'm Looking For This Tile Mosaic Tile - Find or Make from Scratch?

    Re: the attached photo of a strip of mosaic tiles (15mm x 15mm) - I'd like if I can to either buy some more of this or, if I can't find it, to work out how to find some individual white/blue/green tiles to make something that closely resembles it. It's for a repair to a damaged area. The tiles...
  18. Cutsnake

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    Adhesive Is the adhesive products work well on tile?

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  20. SamCotton

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