Can tile adhesive go off?

27th April 2020

The shelf life on tile adhesives is usually around 6-12 months, depending on the type of adhesive you are using (ready-mixed or powder). It is of course always best to go by the manufacturers’ recommendations as if anything goes wrong, you won’t be covered by any form of guarantee. However, as with anything, if the use-by date is 30 June, it will not suddenly be unusable at 1am […]

Can tiles be painted?

27th April 2020

Porous materials, such as wood and plaster, take well to paint because their porous nature helps grab the paint and help it stick. But tiles have several factors working against them when it comes to painting.  Tiles used for interior applications, such as showers and bathtubs, are usually denser than other tiles. It is best to avoid painting areas that are frequently exposed to water altogether […]

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Can tile grout be painted?

16th September 2019

Grout looks so good when it’s new and freshly applied. It enhances the look of your chosen tiles. However, over time, it can lose its crisp and clean colour and may even look dirty, regardless how well floor or walls are cleaned. Many people think that the only solution is to re-grout the desired area […]

Can you tile over tile?

3rd September 2019

This surely is an interesting one as the same question could be asked for floors and walls. The simple answer is yes, you can. Though this answer is always followed by a BUT, as the surface needs to be well prepared in order to avoid tear-out (demolition) and unnecessary cost. If you feel that your […]


How many tiles to a m2?

4th June 2019

This is a common question and ultimately this depends on the size of the tile. A 150 x 150mm will give you approximately 44 tiles to a square metre, but a 600 x 600mm tile will give you 2.8 tiles per square metre. We have created a table giving you the most popular tile sizes […]

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What is a shade variation?

29th April 2019

Many tiles are inspired by natural materials like stone, marble and limestone and just like nature, sometimes the beauty of décor is in the differences rather than uniformity. With this in mind, some tiles come with a shade variance, so when laid together, they create a rich patina and add interest to your space. Each […]

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What is the difference between rectified and non-rectified tiles?

29th April 2019

With so much choice in tiles, it can sometimes be difficult to know which to go for. One element of this is rectified versus non-rectified tiles. Rectified Tiles A rectified tile is a tile that, in its production, has been finished so that all sides are exactly the same size, making the tile uniformed with precision. […]


What are the types of tiles?

27th March 2019

Tiles come in all shapes, sizes, finishes and styles, so how do you know which one is right for your space? We’ve broken down the main types of tiles below to help you. Ceramic Tiles Can be glazed or unglazed, glazed tiles are available plain or decorated and can be used on walls and floors. […]


How many wall or floor tiles do I need?

27th March 2019

This may seem a daunting task but really is quite simple. Treat each wall/floor space as a separate area. Measure the length of the wall followed by the height. These two measurements will determine the area you need to cover. (adjustments can be made for windows, furniture etc as required). Take the measurements and multiply […]

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What is the best floor to put in a kitchen?

5th February 2019

Considering kitchen flooring ideas? Make durability and function a priority when choosing. There is a huge variety of beautiful options and styles which can make the choice an overwhelming experience. The kitchen is one of the highest traffic areas in a home. It is prone to spills of all sorts therefore, one of the key […]