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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    I'm Looking For This Tile Discontinued white tiles

    Hi everyone, this is a long shot but I'm looking to see if anyone recognises this tile or better still has any for sale? Unfortunately I do not know the manufacturer or where it was bought from. It's 15 cm square and 5mm thick. Any help would be most appreciated, thanks for looking
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    Thin Porcelain Retro discontinued tiles

    Hi everyone, this is a long shot but I'm looking to see if anyone recognises this discontinued tile and better still has any for sale ? Unfortunately I don't know the manufacturer or where it was bought from. It's white 15cm square and 5mm thick. Any help would be most appreciated, thanks for...
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    peel n stick tiles are they popular and in much demand ?>

    Hi guys I d like to ask you who live in US, is there any trend now in buying and installing peel and stick tiles? it seems like that is very popular. I am located in Poland so would like to know what is in fasion in US. Thanks. Pete
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    Tiles not bonded to floor properly

    We are having some issues with our newly laid tiles. Within several weeks of being laid, we noticed some hollow and 'popping' sounds on the tiles in high traffic areas and the grout started to crack. We are getting conflicting answers about what the issue could be from our contractor. Can you...
  5. K

    Tiles stuck to chip board

    Hi all, moved into a property and dining area has been tiled. The tiles have been placed directly on to chip board floors . Really struggling to get them up, is there an easier way than chipping off tiny bits at a time? Can’t really afford to get anyone in to do it so could really do with some...
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    I'm Looking For This Tile Trouble identifying Johnson Tiles

    Hi, Got a few broken bathroom wall tiles but don't know the name. On the back of the tile reads: JOHNSON 88 88 and are 360mm x 275mm, probably a B&Q special in about 2016 Does anyone know the significance of the 88 88 or anywhere I might source them? TIA
  7. denners

    Cutting pre cut\grooved tiles

    I am a pretty experienced DIY tiler and bought some pre scored tiles without realising.... obviously not experienced enough at online shopping. There are several threads regarding grouting this type of tile.but I can't see any about cutting. Can you score and snap pre grooved tiles as I fear...
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    I'm Looking For This Tile Stamford Topps Tiles

    Looking for some Topps Stamford tiles. Around 7/8 years old?
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    I Have Spare Tiles Domino Monsaraz Castanho mix and decor floor tiles

    I have 141 Domino Monsaraz Castanho floor tiles unused as new - rectangle (32.5 16.5 cms) x 67; large square (32.5 x 32.5 cms) x 32; small square plain (16.5 x 16.5 cms) x 37; and small square decorative (16.5 x 16.5 cms) x 5 Total 8.1 sqm These are made in Portugal and are terracotta...
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    I'm Looking For This Tile Johnson’s Illusion tiles

    Hi All, I’m looking for a minimum of 18 and a maximum of 30 Johnson’s Illusion White Marble Effect 360 x 275mm tiles. Apparently they were B&Q only, I’ve tried Johnsons and B&Q but neither has any stock. Don’t mind travelling up to 100 miles from Nottinghamshire to collect. Fingers crossed.
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    tiles over tiles with thin adhesive suggesetions?

    600 x 600 tiles over 600x600 tiles. Lower tiles solid. WHY is 10 mm of adhesive recommended. I've seen tiles in my house with almost no adhesive underneath and they have been down 40 years. Now I want to put tiles on top of textured tiles (which get dirty too easily) (don't want to remove as...
  12. Conversaro

    Tented tiles in middle of Livingroom concrete slab condo

    Hello, does anyone know why my tile would tent? Bottom floor concrete slab condo in Tampa. Had water detection company, sinkhole company, slab engineer and several tile companies completely stumped, it is in the middle of my living room. I finally chiseled out the grout of one tile and it came...
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    Replacing tiles currently laid on ply wood

    Waterproofing a small shower room in a loft conversion. Original tiles laid on ply wood. Solutions offered are: lay ditromat (but there is not much space under existing tiles and may raise the floor too much in relation to shower tray. Or replace ply wood with hardi board. Any views?
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    I'm Looking For This Tile Crema Marfil tiles 397 X 297 required

    Hi all I am looking for 6 boxes of the Wickes Crema Marfil bathroom tiles, size 397x 297. Wickes no longer stock them and Johnson tiles no longer produce them. They we very popular but are now discontinued. Does anyone please have any boxes of this tile in storage anywhere? Or can you provide me...
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    DIY Wanted | Bambu blanco tiles wanted

    Hi, anyone know where I can get c. 50 Porcelanosa Bambu Blanco tiles? (Note: tiles not in production now).
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    Wunda UFH tiles cracked

    Hello I’m in Hampton SW London and have a floor problem. Wunda UFH water heating was installed over a kitchen area that was half boards and half concrete. The tiles over the concrete are fine, but the ones over the other part have cracked. I’ve lifted one of the tiles up and the adhesive...
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    What would you do. 800mm tiles

    I have a small ensuite that is 1950mm on 2 sides, the other two sides are 1850mm. I have 800mm wide tiles x 300mm high. My question is what way would you set these out. I have two options, start with the 800mm coming out from the corner, another then this leaves me 350mm in the other corner...
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    Crunchy tiles on concrete floor (first floor

    Hello We live in a townhouse built 2007. Both the floors are concrete. The first floor kitchen tiles have suddenly started sounding crunchy. It's been very cold, is that causing it in some way? Is it something to do with whatever was used to bond them to the concrete in the first place? Is there...
  19. Saars1337

    Drummy tiles, is this normal

    I just had these tiles installed last week by a professional, they tell me this is normal and there is nothing wrong https://www.youtube.com/shorts/Tj1mpy_CGnc
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    Gap between ceiling and tiles

    Hello, we’ve just had a bathroom tiled. A 1.5cm gap is at the top, between the tiles and ceiling, which has been grouted. I wondered if this was normal? I think it looks slightly odd and worry that such thick grout will crack and look bad over time. I wondered if there was any way of fixing it...
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