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How to minimize the risk of moisture buildup in walls? 

Waterproofing is the way to go. In waterproofing, layers of chemicals are used. Most importantly, the waterproofing membrane is applied, which inhibits the entry of moisture and water into the walls and ceilings. It is of utmost importance in pools, spa, laundries, toilets, bathrooms, etc. 

Can you tell the process of waterproofing?

Well, waterproofing is a process involving a couple of layers. The first layer is of primer. Primer is a liquid that serves as a base for waterproofing. Next, after the primer is waterproofing bond breaker. The bond breaker is applied in joints and internal corners, etc. Lastly, apply two coats of the waterproofing membrane. Both at 90 Degrees to each other. Let the last coat dry, and you are done. 

Can you explain the concept of primer? 

Primer is a liquid base that is made up of latex, epoxy, or polyurethane. It helps in both tiling and waterproofing. In tiling, it improves the adhesive function. And in waterproofing, it inhibits the moisture of the substrate from entering the waterproofing membrane and many other tasks. 

What are the functions of primer in waterproofing? 

Primer is a vital product of the waterproofing process. Primer, first of all, traps the dust over the surface. Then it controls the porosity of the substrate. Also, it decreases the pin holding problem. Lastly, it inhibits the moisture from entering the waterproofing membrane. If moisture reaches the membrane, then, it can cause blistering and render the membrane useless. 

Is the primer’s functionality affected by high temperatures? 

Yes, primer is affected by high temperatures as the primer evaporates before it can do the task of controlling the porosity and trapping the dust, etc. 

What is the concept of waterproofing bond breaker? 

Waterproofing bond breaker uses the elastic properties of the waterproofing membrane. The membrane needs to be elastic so that it can cope up with the building movement.  

Where do I apply waterproofing bond breaker, and is it necessary? 

Waterproofing bond breaker needs to be applied in all the joints and internal corners, etc. All the places that have to cope up with the building movement. And its application is compulsory according to the Australian Standards. 

What are some common mistakes that can lead to a waterproofing failure? 

Waterproofing process can look simple but demands a lot of knowledge. Some rookie mistakes are using an incompatible tile adhesive or sealant. Another one is the wrong application of bond breaker or missing it somewhere. There are many more. The waterproofing process must be well researched before attempting it yourself. 

How should I choose my pool tiles? 

There are many considerations you should keep in mind, like the size, texture, colour, etc. The size of a pool tile should not be more than 100 mm. But the most preferred size is 20 to 58 mm. So, once you decide the size next is colour. Colour can be white, blue, charcoal, black, or any other fitting your décor. The texture should be such that it does not slip and not to rough that it bruises. Lastly, choose the right type of tile. Like porcelain, stone, glass, mosaic, etc. whichever fits your requirements. 

Our ceramic tiles a good fit for my swimming pool? 

Well, that depends on the quality and type of ceramic tile. Depending on the various tile specifications, we can use it in different parts of the pool. Like, the waterline, floor, or walls. But you should avoid using ceramic tiles for swimming pools because even a single crack can result in the infiltration of water into the structure. 

Is there a way to make my pool more colourful? 

Mosaic tiles are the answer to your dilemma. These tiles are a combination of many types of tiles– ceramic, porcelain, stone, etc. combined to make a specific pattern. Owing to this variety, they can match any décor. They are an easy way to add colour to your pool. They come laid on sheets, so it is easy to lay them also. 

Can you explain the process of tiling the swimming pool walls? 

The first step is to check whether there is any oil, dust or any other contaminants over the surface. If something is there, remove it. In case the surface is already painted, then, sand it all away. If it is a new pool, then let the concrete shell dry for a minimum of 6 weeks. Also, if you are going to tile over cementitious rendering, them curing should go for a minimum of 3 weeks. After preparing the surface, apply primer, then adhesive, and finally tile over it. 

What is a vitrified tile? 

Vitrified tiles are high-quality tiles. They are incredibly water-resistant as they have deficient water absorption. Due to this, they are very stain resistant too. They also have a glossy finish to them. Vitrified tiles possess these qualities because of their manufacturing process and raw materials which are clay mixed with individual minerals. 

What is a rectified tile? 

Rectified tile is a particular type of tile which undergoes a ‘grinding’ process. This grinding process rectifies the tile. This process grinds all the tiles to the same size making the edges also very smooth. This means that now less grout is required and the grouting is also less. This gives the tiling a single tile look, which is very aesthetically appealing. 

Can you list the various types of tiles in the market? 

There are many types of tiles available in the market apart from the ceramic, porcelain, and stone which have been present for quite long. Also, stone tiles come in many types like quarry, cobblestone, travertine, bluestone, etc. The newer entries are glass tiles, metal tiles, cement tiles, and even resin tiles. 

Can you explain what tile adhesive is? 

A tile adhesive is either a premixed paste or is a cement-based mixture that is used to stick the tiles to the substrate. And which one of these will be used is determined by several factors like, the type of tile and substrate. The size of the tile. Factors like humidity and temperature also affect the choice. 

What is an additive? 

The additive is the performance enhancer for adhesive and grout. Depending on why it is being used, it can increase the bond strength, or increase water-resistance and stain-resistance. It can also help in the prevention of efflorescence. 

Can you explain what movement joints are? 

Movement joints are those spaces in grout joints that are left ungrouted. Yes, these are left empty. The idea is to accommodate excess movement in tiles and building. Thus these are called movement joints. They are of two types- field and perimeter movement joints.

What is a field movement joint? 

Field movement joint, like all movement joint, is left ungrouted. But its speciality is that it extends from wall-to-wall. Also, it is sometimes filled with caulking. 

What is a perimeter movement joint? 

Perimeter movement joints are also left empty. And these run along the wall. They are left all around the perimeter of the room. Thus they are called perimeter movement joint. 

Why are grout joints preferred over butt joints? 

Grout joints are preferred over butt joints for the reason of keeping the tiles safe from tile movement. Butt joints can take the compressive stress arising due to the movement in tiles while grout present in the grout joints is soft. It can take the stress, and the tiling is not affected. Also, the grout serves like a ‘window’ for the adhesive to cure. 

What is grouting, and why is it done? 

Grouting is the process of filling grout in the spaces between the tiles. Usually, it is a mixture of sand, water, and cement. But it comes in many types like unsanded grout, epoxy grout, etc. Grouting is done to cope up with the tile movement and building movement. 

Is it OK if I tile directly over brickwork? 

No, it is not OK to tile directly over brickwork. You first need to prepare the surface. Like, render it with an acrylic modified render. Then apply primer, then adhesive, and lastly, lay tiles. 

Is it OK to tile over a wooden floor directly? 

Firstly, you need to see that the wooden floor is well braced at a maximum length of 300 mm. After that, sand them so that there is no wax or polish left. Next apply primer, adhesive, and lay tiles. 

Is tiling over a painted surface possible? 

Yes, it is possible. But the surface has to be prepared for it. The first step is to scrape the paint. If it is PVA paint, then a minimum of 80% of it needs to be removed. And if it is enamel paint, then 100% of it is removed. Next, clean the surface of dust and lose paint. Once clean, prime it. Then apply adhesive and finally spread tiles. 

What is better for my tile shower, matte or glossy tiles? 

Depends on your preference. But, matte is better because it is low maintenance and also they do not show watermarks. On the other hand, glossy tiles can sometimes be a bit dramatic which you may or may not prefer. 

What can be the possible cause of leakage in my tile shower? 

If you are experiencing leakage in your shower, and it is not visible. Then, some grout may be missing somewhere. To figure out where, first, check for it before and after it is dampened. This might give you the missing grout. Even a small grout can cause a problem. 

Which type of grout should I choose for my shower tiles? 

Shower tiles have constant contact with water. Thus it is better if you choose epoxy grout. Epoxy grout is very stain resistant and does not need a sealant. It is also great for douches, kitchens, laundries, etc. 

How do I differentiate between a bathroom renovation and remodelling? 

It is only a question of scale. It is called renovation when it is done at a smaller scale, like changing a sink or changing the lighting. But when you change the whole look and feel of the bathroom, it is called remodelling. 

Can I paint my joint sealants? 

Yes, inevitably, you can paint your joint sealants. That too, with the colour of your choice. But there is a limitation that not all sealants are paintable.  For example, Latex, Polyurethane, or Silicone sealants can be painted. But Epoxy or Butyl Sealants cannot be painted. 

Is having a plan in mind necessary to have a successful bathroom renovation? 

No, it is not. But it also depends on the style of your bathroom renovation. If you are planning for a very detailed or an ultra-luxurious makeover, then it is better to have a plan beforehand. Otherwise, the elements may not get together. But for a decent renovation, you can progress as you go. 

What is the preparation required for starting a bathroom renovation? 

Two things must be thought about. The first research on an excellent design for your bathroom makeover. For this, you can visit décor websites or read magazines. You can also watch some good TV shows for this. Once you have an idea of the décor, it’s time to move to the next step. That is to make space for keeping your belongings and make some arrangements for bathing when your bathroom is under renovation.  

Is it OK if I don’t change the tiles of my bathroom during the renovation? 

Yes, it’s OK if you keep the same tiles. It becomes essential to keep the same tiles if your adjoining bedroom has the same tiles too. Or anyways if your bathroom tiles are in good shape, then you can keep the same tiles. 

Why should I choose Newcastle Tiling? 

Newcastle Tiling is a respected and reputed firm of the tiling and waterproofing industry. We take every project as our responsibility. We complete every project with passion and diligence. Also, we assure you that our service would be honest and transparent. And that there will be no nasty surprises at any point in time.