Month: September 2016

How To Tile With Metro Tiles

Metro tiles, also referred to as subway tiles, can truly transform your kitchen and offer contemporary appeal that makes a home sophisticated, sleek and clean.

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The name subway or metro tiles stems from the tiles featured on the London and New York City subway stations in the early 1900s.

Although metro tiles tend to suit more modern and contemporary properties, it doesn’t mean you should avoid metro tiles completely if you’ve got a more traditional style of property.

In fact, metro tiles come in a great variety of different colours and therefore suit a variety of kitchen designs and styles. You can opt for bright and vibrant tiles, or clean black and white ones, as well as neutral shades. Metro tiles also work incredibly well with wood furniture.

When it comes to how to lay metro tiles, it is useful to know that metro tiles are usually ceramic and therefore more or less follow basic tile installation practice.

How to tile metro tiles

What you will need

PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
Metro tiles
Tile adhesive
A 6mm notched trowel
Grout
A sponge
A small bucket for water
A cloth
A grout shaper
A tile marker
Tile spacers
Tile file
Tile cutter (manual and electric)


How to tile a wall with metro tiles in a brick bond pattern

Because metro tiles are often ceramic, in most cases when laying metro tiles, you can use any type of adhesive. Simply lay the first row of tiles on the worktop and then measure the length of the metro tile.

Once you have measured the length of the tile, makea mark at the half way point of the top and bottom of the tile with a tile marker.

Then, the idea is to place this half way mark on the joint on the second row (B) so that the second row is exactly half way over the first.

Once this row is in position, tile this row and then start row (A) again on the third row, matching the joint on the first row.


How to tile metro tiles in a wrap return

A wrap return is when you start tiling the return wall and make it look as if the tile has bent round the wall and the tiling pattern started again.

To start the return wall, you’ll need to make sure that you use a tile that is roughly the same size as the piece you cut off against the internal wall, this gives the look of the tile bending around the wall and starting on the next one.

Once you have tiled the whole room, you can then apply the grout to the tiles, being careful not to leave any grout marks on your carefully positioned tiles.

Design Patterns with Metro Tiles

Subway
Herringbone
Double Weave
Vertical Brick
Horizontal Brick

Grouting your Metro Tiles

You can follow our How to Grout tiling guide when it comes to grouting your metro tiles. Remember to allow plenty of time for the tiles to dry before grouting them. Also, you may want to use clear white grout, or a colour variation, depending on the look you are aiming for.

How to cut metro tiles

Cutting metro tiles in the same as ceramic tiles when the method is applied to ceramic metro tiles. You will need to mark how big you need the tile with a pencil, then cut it using a tile cutter.

Choosing metro tiles

Metro tiles can be used on the walls and floors, and are a particularly popular choice for use in kitchens and bathrooms.

If you would like some more information on how to lay metro tiles, then please contact us at UK Pro Tiling Training.


Tiling with quartz tiles.

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Quartz tiles can look beautiful especially with the mirror glitter pieces in which can catch the light and give a twinkle across the whole floor, it is a very impressive tile indeed and comes in a multitude of colours, however dealing and installing this tile can be troublesome.

How they are made

Quartz tiles are unlike a normal natural stone tile such as marble, which will be pure 100% marble, a quartz tile is usually about 93% quartz and the other 7% will be a resin to bind the tile together.

Adhesive when fixing quartz

Quartz has a very low porosity, which means the tile does not absorb very well, due to the curing process of cement adhesives, this causes a problem for a standard adhesive to work and stick to quartz. Water is not to be used in the mix when using a cement adhesive therefore a two part adhesive is required to make the adhesive flexible, this will add extra grip to bond to the tile. A two-part adhesive will consist of a 20kg bag of standard cement and a 5 lt bottle of liquid latex.

Under Floor Heating

When using quartz tile it is not recommended to use this tile with underfloor heating, this is down to the resin content in the tile, the heat from the floor can cause the tile to warp and cause lippage between tiles.

Preparation

Prime the floor with a diluted acrylic primer and leave to dry until the prime has gone tacky.

Use a 10mm – 12mm notched trowel and serrate the floor area, apply the quartz tile making sure that the tile comes into contact with each of the ribs of adhesive.

Sealing the tile, even though quartz has low porosity, it is still advisable to use a suitable stone sealer in case the grout stains or dulls down the surface of the tile.

Use a 2-3mm grout joint and use a flexible grout.

Hard Wearing

Quartz is an extremely hard surface and will last and look good for many years.

Tiling Training Courses

Thinking of doing your own tiling projects then UK Pro Tiling Training runs fast track professional tiling courses and a dedicated natural stone installation course, please check out our website www.tiling-courses.co.uk to find out more

Are you a plumber and missing out on tiling work?

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Plumbers

If you are a plumber and do not currently tile you could be missing out on some serious cash.

Most customers would prefer 1 tradesman to complete the whole job without having to rely on multiple tradesman who can let them down at the last minute. If you are already an existing plumber then why not offer your customer a full bathroom installation service and watch your earning dramatically increase.

Customers are generally prepared to pay a lot more for 1 tradesman to complete the full installation.

Wet Rooms

Wet rooms are becoming quite mainstream in properties all over the UK, from trendy apartments to elderly and disabled bathrooms, again your plumbing skills coupled with tiling skills will see you completing these kind of jobs with ease, again your earnings will rise very suddenly.

Training

UK pro Tiling Training are fast track tiling specialists, we have had lots of enquiries lately from plumbers looking to add tiling to their skills.

On the course you will cover huge amounts of practical exercises and product / background information and see what is entailed to tile like a professional, acquire the know how of what is required to install a wet room along with tanking systems and aqua trays etc.

Contact

Anyone interested in learning to tile professionally in the fastest possible time can visit our website, to find out more please visit www.tiling-courses.co.uk.