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Can I shop online on your website?

The tiletoria website offers quote-requests only.

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Do you deliver?

Yes, we can do deliveries – your area is required before we can assist you with this.

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What is a ceramic tile?

Ceramic tile is made up of sand, natural products, and clays and once it has been moulded into shape they are then fired in a kiln.  When making ceramic tiles they can either be glazed or unglazed, but the majority of homeowners have glazed ceramic tiles in their home.  With their increasing popularity, there are hundreds of different designs of ceramic tiles.  If you are considering changing your flooring, it is important to consider the advantages associated with using these tiles in your home.

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What is a porcelain tile?

Porcelain is one particular type of fired clay, albeit of a more refined quality than those used in ancient times. Kaolin clay (kaolinite) is the main component of porcelain tiles, although other minerals such as feldspar and quartz are present.

In British Standard terms, BS EN 14411 defines a porcelain tile as a ‘ceramic fully vitrified tile with water absorption of 0.5% or less’. In addition, traditional European porcelain tiles are produced with clays containing as little iron oxide as possible to produce a material as white as feasible.

When clay is fired, it is the degree of vitrification (from Latin ‘vitreum’), which determines whether a tile fulfills the requirements of a porcelain tile.

Vitrification is the transformation of a material into ‘glass’, which is formed during the high-temperature firing phase of tile production. The glassy materials produced fuse together forming a vitreous mass with a reduced number of pores, which is extremely hard and dense.

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What is a glazed finish tile?

Glazed tiles are subjected to a second firing process where they are covered in a protective coating of liquid glass. This protective coating makes the tiles somewhat slick, but also allows them to be printed with a wide variety of designs and colors using inkjet technology.

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Why do i have to consider tiling weights?

When tiling onto walls consideration must be given to weight of the tiles, always check that the background you’re tiling onto can take the weight of your tiles, plus adhesive and grout.
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What is a matt finish tile?

Matte-finish tiles are dull and do not reflect light like gloss-finish tiles. Hence, they are more appropriate for larger kitchens. Matte-finish tiles in compact kitchens can make the kitchen look and feel smaller, unless the rest of it is carefully designed to counteract this effect.

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What is a glossy finish tile?

Glossy tile surfaces are shiny, but they are also resistant to liquids and dirt, allowing you to be able to clean them without issue. … Glossy tiles open up smaller spaces in your home, making the room looks bigger than it is. This is an ideal choice for smaller homes or areas such as living rooms.

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Why can't I use mosaic tiles for floors?

Mosaic floors are fragile and susceptible to breakage. Dropping heavy objects on mosaic glass tile should be avoided because this may result to either crack or chip tile. This becomes a risk to whoever walks on the floor barefoot.

As opposed to other types of flooring they cannot withstand a lot of foot traffic. Proper care and maintenance are important to ensure that the tiles don’t get damaged and remain beautiful.

Another disadvantage of using mosaic flooring is that it can be slippery when wet. They can still catch water like any other tile, so they need to be covered with waterproof grout in order to avoid being slippery when wet.

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What are rectified tiles?

Rectified tiles, or sharp edge tiles as they can be known, are ceramic or porcelain tiles that have been manufactured to a very precise tolerance. This means they are cut to near exact measurements with a near perfect straight edge.

Due to this precision, rectified tiles are the perfect choice for fitting with a finer grout joint creating a clean, even and seamless finish. The cleaner edges also make it easier to create intricate laying patterns as you have more flexibility with the grout line width, a prime example being basket weave.

Rectified tiles follow the same production process as non-rectified tiles except that the clay mix is moulded slightly bigger than required, this allows the edges to be ground or cut down with a diamond saw after the kilning process, it’s known as the ‘rectifying’ process.

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Is laying tiles difficult?

Laying tile is easy but laying tile and doing it well is difficult. From that angle, it may make more sense to hire a professional tiler than to do it yourself.
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Can i buy grout & adhesives at Tiletoria?

Yes, we stock a wide variety of different coloured grouts, adhesives and glues. Our friendly agents can also connect you with professional tilers if you need.
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What do i need to install tiles?

Backerboard and Underlayment.
Grout, Caulk and Mortar.
Trowels, Floats, Paddles and More.
Maintenance Products.
Metals, Transitions and Wood Molding.
Buckets, Spacers, Leveling Systems and Miscellaneous Tools.
Cutting Tools.

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