By John Ripley
"Covers the entire uncomplicated procedures from designing the task via to the ultimate grouting and cleansing down. systems, which are of significant value, equivalent to setting-out, are coated in massive aspect. · The reader is informed what can get it wrong and given suggestion · realization is additionally paid to tiling with terracotta, marble, slate and granite, that contain just a little assorted strategies in comparison to ceramic tiling · Presents highlighted, priceless ?tips? through the textual content · Well-illustrated with distinct, step by step color images and diagrams" -- writer web site (December 2006). Read more...
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If you have all the time and money in the world, that is fine, you will get over the problems eventually. If not, it pays to be honest with yourself and choose a tile you know you can handle. Check that the tiles are suitable for the usage they are going to get. The supplier does not want an unhappy customer. Tell them what you are using the tiles for and ask his opinion. Is the tile surface or glaze tough enough? Is the tile body strong enough? Are they easy to clean? There are plenty of questions to ask.
Tip If you are using random decorative insert tiles, mark their approximate positions on the wall before you start tiling. You will then know that you are happy with their positions and can put the insert tiles in as you get to them. You will also know exactly how many insert tiles you need to buy. Tile Colour All the usual rules of interior decoration apply to tiles. Dark colours pull walls in and make rooms look smaller. Light colours have the opposite effect. Tile surfaces can be matt and rustic, or shiny and slick, decorative panels can be used to create features, inset strips and border tiles to create emphasis.
Tile manufacturing techniques have evolved in a way that makes an enormous range of designs, textures and finishes available. Some of the technologies, such as stencilling and silk-screen printing, have been ‘borrowed’ from other trades. Others, like encaustic decoration and mosaic work, are unique to tiling and have evolved into high art forms in their own right. The range of tiles available today is huge and covers just about any imaginable situation from the point of view of beauty or practicality.