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Is there a way to eliminate the problem of leakage in the tiles?

To eliminate the problem of leakage, we can during the initial time of tiling, do waterproofing. This process is placing a layer of waterproofing membrane in the bathrooms or at any other place you want to be waterproof. Waterproofing helps in stopping the moisture from getting into the tiles or in the walls.

What can all substrates be waterproofed?

Concrete and screed can be waterproofed. Also, substrates like structural plywood, composite timber sheets, tiles, blockwork, fibre cement sheet, plasterboard, etc. can be waterproofed.

What gives the tiling a good base?

To give the tiles a good base primer is used, primer provides a smooth surface with minimum unevenness which allows tiling to increase its longevity. Primer is used before doing waterproofing or tiling. There are many types of primer available like epoxy, latex, polyurethane etc.

What are the early signs of leakage in the bathroom?

Few signs can help you to detect leakage in your bathroom are like you may find stains at the base of the bathroom door. There might be some chipping of paint and also the growth of some mould on the wall or ceiling that can be noticed. This is the wall just at the back of the shower.

Is applying primer beneficial before tiling?

Yes, primer is very beneficial as it increases the water retention of the tiles, which allows the tile to keep more amount of water and thus cure for a more extended period. Primer also slows down the drying speed of the adhesive, which means that you can install many tiles at a single go; this increases the efficiency of the process. Also, there is a longer window to adjust the tiles once laid.

Why is applying primer a necessary step?

Primer is necessary to apply on all the substrates besides the waterproofing membrane as this particular membrane is non-absorbent, so applying primer on it will be a waste of resources. Besides that, all other substrates need to be primed as not priming them might even result in voiding your manufacturer’s warranty in case something goes wrong.

Can high temperature harm the primer?

Yes, priming a surface when the temperature is high results in adverse effects to the primer. As the moisture in the primer evaporates quickly due to the heat and because of this, the primer is unable to seal the dust and the contaminants properly.

What is the purpose of applying waterproofing bond breakers?

The reason behind using waterproofing bond breakers is to use the elastic property present in the waterproofing membrane and thus help the membrane to survive and tackle the building movements easily.

Is waterproofing a must according to the Australian standards?

Yes, it is an absolute necessity according to the Australian standards to place waterproofing bond breakers in the areas such as the corners in the interiors, joints etc. which are more prone to the effects caused by building movement.

Is bituminous membrane safe to use in areas with warm weathers?

Yes, it is entirely safe to use in warm temperatures as the melting point of the bituminous membrane is very high, and creating such high temperatures through hot weather is not possible. Although if the temperature is boiling, it may make the membrane a little soft, even after being soft, the structural integrity of the building won’t get affected.

Is bituminous membrane suitable for use in heavy-duty areas?

The bituminous membrane works amazingly in areas which have heavy footfall or are heavy-duty.It is safe to be used in the areas like pools, concrete structures and roofs, water tank, highway projects, many layer car parking, balconies, exterior walls etc.

Can efflorescence be harmful if left untreated?

Efflorescence if left untreated or unidentified can weaken the walls and the whole structure, which in the long run can cause damage to the whole building and can cause a significant loss of the structural integrity.

How can I make my pool look more creative?

To make your pool look more creative, colourful and vibrant, you should invest in mosaic tiles as they come in various colours, textures and variety. This lets you be very creative with the whole designing process. You can choose to make different patterns with these tiles which can complement your whole décor. Usually, these come in sheets so that they are easy to mount and use both at the pool’s floor and walls.

What is a mosaic tile?

Mosaic tile is essentially a collection of various types of tiles with different patterns,colours, and types like glass, porcelain, ceramic etc. They are combined and placed thoughtfully to make the required designs.

Amongst limestone and travertine which one is better for a pool deck?

Both of these tiles have their pros and cons. Travertine is made by calcium carbonate deposits and is cream coloured. While limestone is also a sedimentary rock produced in a dense and hot climate. Travertine is a little slippery as compared to the limestone, which has more grip. Limestone also glares less in the sun and also absorbs less water as compared to travertine.

What tile should I choose for my swimming pool?

Most commonly, ceramic and porcelain tiles are used to tile swimming pools. The reason behind them being so popular is that they are easy to install and clean. They have a smooth finish which prevents injuries caused by rough texture. The ceramic tile can be painted in whatever design and colour you prefer, and the porcelain tile is excellent because it does not absorb much amount of heat. Hence these two tiles are considered the best to be used for lining the pool.

What are glazed ceramic tiles covered with?

A layer of liquid glass is used to cover the glazed ceramic tiles; this layer gives the tiles thecolourand also makes them stain-resistant and water-resistant. Usually, this layering is done on ceramic or porcelain tiles.

Are vitrified tiles waterproof?

Vitrified tiles are mostly known for their water-resistant quality, they are not necessarily waterproof, but they are highly water-resistant. A mixture of clay, feldspar, silica, quartz is used to make these tiles. Other benefits of these tiles include glossy finish, scratch resistance etc.

How are rectified tiles made?

A process called grinding is used to rectify the rectified tiles. In this, all the tiles are cut in the same shape and size, which makes all the edges less irregular. Hence the joints required are small. The motive behind this is to create a look of single tile or stone throughout the wall. It gives a smoother look to the whole décor.

Can the inside of a fireplace be tiled?

The inside of a fireplace can get very hot when a fire is lit there. No tile is enough heat resistant to bear that intensity of heat. Even tiles like porcelain which are heat resistant can only go as high as 80 degree Celsius. Hence tiling is not an option for the insides of a fireplace although tiles can be used to cover the hearth or the surrounding areas of the fireplace.

What is the complete process of laying the tiles?

To properly lay tiles, you need to start with prepping the surface by applying a primer on the base and then waterproofing the area that you plan to lay tiles on. Then you can move ahead and apply the adhesive on the area and then make lines on it using specialised tools. These lines in the adhesive make sure that the tile stick to the surface better. Now finally you can lay the tiles while simultaneously using spacers for the grouting. Then, in the end, grout the surface and apply sealant if required.

How to ensure that the adhesive has the maximum bond strength?

There are a few points that you can keep in mind like using a high-quality adhesive. You need to maximise the contact area between the adhesive and the tile. And you should make sure that the temperature and the humidity in the area that you are tiling is moderate. Also, you should use a twisting motion while laying tiles and then press the tile with a rubber mallet so that a strong adhesive bond is made.

Can dryness in the air affect the performance of the tile adhesive?

If there is dryness in the air and not enough moisture is present, then it will cause the water in the adhesive to evaporate on a faster pace, which means that the tile won’t get enough time to make a strong bond with the adhesive. The cement requires water for making bonds with the surface. Hence it will cause the tiling to have a shorter life span.

Why do we use additives?

Additives are used to give the grout or the adhesive an enhanced strength and make their performance even better. It helps to increase the bond strength, flexural strength etc. Different kind of additives is used for each purpose. Depending on the additive used, you can increase the water or stain resistance, fasten or slow down the chemical reaction etc.

Instead of replacing them, how can I deal with old stained tiles?

Replacing tiles can be costly, so to deal with old stained tiles, you can cover them with paint. This will not only cover the stains but also give a new look to the tiles and the whole area. You can use epoxy paint to cover existing patterns or colours. The only thing you need to take care of is not to paint the grout. To avoid getting paint on the grout, you can place masking tape over it.

What grout type should I go for my shower area?

Places like bathrooms, douches, kitchens etc. are very humid and are prone to getting stains so you should use an epoxy grout for such places as they are stain-resistant and also do not require extra sealing.

Should I tile my shower area with ceramic tile?

Yes, you can use ceramic tiles, they are very durable and can withstand much more wear and tear as compared to our antique pottery. This particular characteristic of the ceramic tile increases the longevity of the work, thus making this suitable for the shower area.

How to identify the reason behind the leak in my shower tile?

If you notice that the shower drain is not leaking and the water is going from there quickly, then the problem is not with the drainage. You then need to search for a missing grout from the tile area. You can visually inspect the tiling region by observing the grout area with and without dampness. If you seeeven a small hole in the grout, then that is enough to cause leakage.

What components cost the most while renovating the bathroom?

The cost of items dependsentirely on your budget, if we talk about a mid-ranged renovation, then the cost of tiling the floor and wall is the priciest component of renovation. Other components where you can consider spending your budget are the fixtures, shower structures etc.

Is it advisable to not change your tiles while renovating the bathroom?

This depends upon the condition of the tiles, if the tiles are correctly maintained and are not broken or leaking, then you can consider keeping the same tiles. Also, you should keep the tiles if you have the same tiles in your adjoining room as well because otherwise, it will hamper the décor of your area.

Why should I choose Geelong Tiling?

Geelong tiling is a respected and reputed firm of the city’s tiling sand waterproofing industry. We have been tiling, waterproofing, and renovating for years now. And this experience has not only taught us in-depth knowledge of our work but has also proved that ethical dealing goes a long way in doing a flourishing business. We take pride in the excellent workmanship we provide and also that our dealing is transparent at all times.