General information about tiling

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Literally there are about thousand different kinds of tiles: wall tiles, floor tiles, mosaic tiles, natural tiles etc. You could choose an old-fashioned Dutch style with the traditional Delft blue ceramics, or a sleek modern style in a black and white design. If you’re going to tile a floor which has not yet been earthed, you’ll always have to use thick tinned copper wire for this purpose. The wires go from there into the meter cupboard but then all the work in the meter has to be carried out by an electrician! Novo discourages you from doing the tiling yourself, unless you are an experienced tiler, who does this job weekly. To get it done nicely, you’ll have to be a 'natural' at it. Even an experienced tiler who has been at his trade for some time will always not get the same good results if he hasn't done it in a while!  

Requirements:

  • bucket
  • electric drill
  • trowel for shovelling and mixing mortar
  • spirit level
  • carpenters pencil
  • tile cutter
  • adhesive trowel
  • roller tape
  • tiles
  • tile crosses
  • tile glue
  • water


Before you start tiling, the foundation has to be made free of grease and dust and equalized. Local deviations amounting to 5 mm at the most should not be a problem, but if the wall shows more deviations, you’ll first have to equalize the uneven spots. Walls which are going to be exposed to water regularly when they are used later on, like shower cabins, have to be treated with a product based on cement. As for other walls, Red band or Gold band will do. If you’re going to tile the walls as well as the floor, you’ll have to start with the walls to prevent stains, caused by the used grout settling into the newly tiled floor while tiling the walls.

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