Ceramic Tiling is a beautiful, hard-wearing surface especially suited to wet areas.

Workmanship and the quality of the tile are equally important to achieve quality tiling.

Workmanship

High quality workmanship in tiling starts with the setout and preparation of the substrate. A clean, properly prepared surface will allow the tile adhesive or wet-bed to adhere to both the tile and the substrate correctly. This will minimise the chances of tile delamination (falling off).

Protection of the floor during tiling to prevent damage to the waterproof membrane is important. Tile cutters should be placed onto thin plywood or in another room during floor tiling. Tiles should be stored outside also.

Spot Fixing vs Notch Troweling

Spot Fixing is the method of ‘buttering’ (or applying dabs of adhesive to) the tile before placement onto the wall. This leaves voids behind tiles and is not best practice when used by itself. It is acceptable to pack out walls if used in conjunction with Notch Troweling.

Notch Troweling is where a toothed trowel is used to apply adhesive to the wall or floor surface. The square teeth of the notch trowel spread an even amount of adhesive across the wall and the face of the tile.

We use the Notch Troweling technique wherever possible to ensure a high quality job.