Here at Tom Gavins’, we have the experience to know that getting the perfect finish on you walls and floors can be complicated, so we have compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions to help you along the process! Laid out below according to material type, so just follow the link of whatever finishing type you are looking at.
Whats the difference between porcelain and Ceramic tiles?
Porcelain and ceramic tiles are both made of clay and minerals, then formed and fired into tile shapes. The differences are that porcelain is fired at a slightly higher temperature and absorbs less water- which makes them a little bit harder wearing and less impervious to swelling.
What does rectified mean? Whats a rectified tile for?
Rectified tiles are cut after forming, which gives them straighter lines and neater 90 degree corners. This means that they look cleaner and smoother when installed, especially on floors. They are a better choice if you would like thinner grout lines
Can I tile over tiles already in place?
This depends of the condition of the tiles that are down. If they are stable, i.e none are loose/wobbly, if they are nice and level, it is sometimes possible to tile over tiles. However, they need to be cleaned, levelled (for floors), primed and you need to be sure your doors etc wont be obscured. The best bet is to call in a professional to assess it for you- quotes are free!
Can I use mosaic for a backsplash?
Yes, you can of course-Mosaics look amazing as a backsplash! On a practical note, a polished mosaic tile is easier to clean that an unsealed stone finish, but yeah, go mad!
Whats an R-Rating?
An R Rating is a numbered rating assigned to tiles, and it explains how slip resistant a tile is. The scale starts at R9 and goes up to R13. R9 are suitable for low traffic area which see little to no moisture e.g. A sitting room, while R13 tiles are very structured and textured, providing grip in areas of high moisture content e.g. Swimming room changing rooms. The chart below gives a quick guide for R rating choice by room type. Remember, no tile is completely slip-proof, as everything can be slippy in the right circumstances, so please choose tiles carefully for your own needs!
|Rating||For room type:|
|R9||Use in low moisture areas; sitting rooms, inner hallways|
|R10||Use in light moisture, low traffic areas: inner hallways, cloakrooms|
|R11||Use in higher traffic, higher moisture areas e.g. Kitchens, bathrooms|
|R12||Use in commercial settings e.g. Lobbys, extrernal facing hallways|
|R13||Use in wetrooms, Suanas, commercial kitchens|
Do wall tiles have R-Ratings?
Not as such- if you are fitting a wetroom, it is handy to have some extra grip on the walls, but is not always necessary.
Do I have to use R-Rated floors in my project?
If you are installing a wet room or a commercial project, then yes, an R-Rated floor is required by government guidelines and strongly recommended- let us know what you are looking to fit an we can talk you through your options. If it is for a domestic application that is not a wet room you have a little more flexibilty.
Can I use a wall tile on the floor?
No- it will not last very long and might be very slippy! You can use a floor tile on the wall though, as these are generally stronger and have better structure.
Do you sell natural stone tiles?
Yes we do, please let us know what you are looking for and we can show you the options we have available!
Can I use my floor tiles outside?
This depends, some tiles can be used outside as well as indoors- you will need to check that they are porcelain, at least R11 rated, frost-proof and that whoever is installing them uses a suitable adhesive. Highly poilshed tiles are not recommended for outdoor use, as they would be slippier than an ice rink..
Can you recommend a tiler to me?
Yes we can! We have our own directly employed tilers or if we cant get to you we will happily recommend one of our colleagues- call the showroom on 021 4374285 or email email@example.com and we can recommend the best person for your needs.
What kind of toilet do I need?
Right, this depends on what direction/angles your pipes are installed at. Generally, the options are Close coupled, Back to wall or wall hung, (which float and look amazing) but some are easier and more practical to fit than others. If in doubt, best bet is to get it checked by a plumber or call us to have a look: there is nothing worse than going to the rouble of picking out and getting a toilet and then finding it wont fit. If in doubt, give us a call, we can advise on the best choice for the pipes in situ.
Can I get short projection toilets?
Yep! We have several ranges of short projection, comfort (tall) toilets and everything in between! If you are worried about your space, remember to plan for the toilet AND the person it accommodates, and watch out for shower doors that open out catching the toilet as well.
I’m taking out the bath and installing a wet-room or shower: what do I need to know?
First things first: Measure the bath and decide what kind of wet room or shower you want to install- how big, where is the door going to go, will the shower door swing out, am I having wet room panels…..if in doubt, plot it out on a piece of paper, you would be amazed how hard it can be to visualise all theses things..
Second: if bath is coming out, the area might need to be re-tanked and or lined before anything else goes back in- this prevents any moisture getting into the walls.
Third: if you are keeping your tiles outside of the bath area, you may not get an *exact* match- always bring a sample with you if you are matching tiles to something in situ!
Instead of tiles, can I have PVC panels on the walls?
You can of course! They are ideal for older walls that might not be exactly straight or even, and finish a bathroom beautifully! Plus, they can also cover the ceiling and be sealed to prevent moisture getting in behind them. call or email us with your measurements for a quote!
If you are thinking of getting a new floor or are unsure about any finishes, or have queries about installation? Call us or call down to the shop, we can sort it. Specialist appointments can also be booked to discuss any specific enquiries e.g. custom lacquering, commercial installations etc.. Call 021 437 4285 or fill out the contact form to make an appointment.