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How is it possible to find out if I have a leaking bathroom? 

When your bathroom is having a leakage problem, you will see some signs. You can see stains at the base of the entry door. There can be mould growth on the back of the wall of your shower. If your bathroom is on the upper floor, you would be able to see mould growth on the wall and ceiling beneath your bathroom. These are the clear sign of leakage. If you see any of these signs mentioned above, you should call a waterproofing expert.

How is waterproofing done?  

If you want to waterproof a surface, the first thing you should do is clean the surface. Make it free from dirt and contaminants if there is any. Then you should apply primer on the surface. Apply bond breaker on the joints properly. After that apply waterproofing membrane all over the area. Now, apply a second coat of waterproofing membrane. This coat needs to be applied at right angles to the first coat. Leave it to dry, and your work is done. 

What benefits does a primer have?

Applying primer before tiling a surface has many benefits. Some of them are an increase in water retention of the surface. It helps the curing process to go longer. The adhesive that you apply after primer stays wet longer so you can lay more tiles at a time and also adjust the tiling if you want to. It also reduces the pin holding in waterproofing membranes. 

What is the work procedure of a waterproofing bond breaker? 

Bond breaker treats the bond between the substrate and waterproofing membrane and creates an elastic bridge. This elastic bridge stretches as there is a building movement. Thus it helps to keep the structure intact.  

Where can we apply a waterproofing bond breaker? 

Waterproofing bond breakers can be used in areas like internal corners, joints, and other parts of the house, which are prone to the effects of building movement. To maintain the Australian standard, you must apply the bond breaker in these particular areas. 

What is the definition of liquid rubber waterproofing? 

Liquid Polyurethane solution is known as liquid rubber. It is an excellent waterproofing membrane and can adhere to almost any non-oily substrates. Like, cement, brick, wood, tiles, most metals, most PVC, fibreglass, etc. But not something shiny, smooth, and oil painted. 

What do you mean by efflorescence? 

Efflorescence is the foggy white layer of calcium carbonate we find on our walls and tiles. The layer is generated from Calcium Hydroxide salt, which is a common substance present in all types of cement. It comes out on the surface through grout joints or directly through concrete walls. When the salt reaches the top of the surface, it starts reacting with the atmospheric carbon-di-oxide. Thus it forms Calcium Carbonate.

How to stop efflorescence in the tiling system? 

If you want to prevent your tiles from efflorescence, use fast-drying adhesive and low efflorescence grout while you are tiling the wall. There are just a few precautions you must take after the tiling is done. Use less amount of water when you want to clean the tiles. So that less water goes inside the tile surface. This would prevent calcium hydroxide from coming up to the surface. 

What should we look for while choosing pool tiles? 

When you are thinking about tiling your pool, the first thing you should keep in mind is the size of the tiles. The tile size should not be larger than 100mm. While commonly used tiles are between 20mm to 58mm. The choice of the tile colour is up to you. The most used colours are blue in light and dark shades. The aqua, white, black, and charcoal-coloured tiles are also in trend. 

What are the advantages of using glass tiles in the swimming pool?  

Glass tiles are made from eco-friendly, recycled glass. They are tiny square tiles with a smooth iridescent look. They are non-porous and more robust than any other form of pool tile. As glass tiles are darker in colour, they give an impression of depth in your pool. Temperature doesn’t affect these tiles, so they are suitable for both hot and cold water pools. 

Which tile is suitable for Swimming Pools?

For many years porcelain and ceramic tiles have been the clear choices for pool tiles. They are comfortable to scrub and clean. You can hand-paint any design on them that suits your backyard. Their surfaces are smooth, so there are fewer chances of bruises. The advantages of porcelain tiles are that it is heat resistant and absorbs less water. Ceramic tiles absorb a certain amount of heat and water, so if you are going to use it, use glazed ceramic tiles.   

How many types of tiles can we find in the market? 

There are a lot of options available in the tile market. Ceramic and most porcelain tiles are the most popular. Other than that there are tiles made up of stones like marble, travertine, bluestone, and limestone tiles. Nowadays, people use glass tiles, cement tiles, mosaic tiles, metal tiles, and even resin tiles. 

Can I use tiles inside a fireplace? 

Putting tiles inside the fireplace is not a good idea. The most heat resistant porcelain tiles can withstand temperature up to 80 Degree Celsius. So placing tiles inside the firebox is out of the question. But you can use tiles for the surrounding place and the hearth. It will give your fireplace an aesthetic look. 

What do you mean by a porcelain tile? 

These types of tiles are made by using porcelain with some added minerals. Porcelain tiles are dense, durable, and water-resistant. The reason behind it is the added minerals and the high temperature in which the tiles are baked. Porcelain tiles are perfect for commercial purposes and high traffic. 

What do you mean by a ceramic tile? 

Ceramic tiles are made by burning clay in a kiln. The clay tiles are baked at a lower temperature, so they are not as hard and sturdy as porcelain tiles. Ceramic tiles absorb little water so they are usually preferred for household tiling projects as they can withstand low traffic. 

What is a tile adhesive? 

A tile adhesive is a substance that is used to stick the tile to the surface beneath it. There are two types of adhesives. They are cement-based and premixed paste. The tile type, humidity, and temperature determine the type of adhesive we are going to use. 

What is the effect of low humidity on tile adhesive? 

In low humidity water present in the tile adhesive evaporates faster. So the cement fails to make a strong bond. This makes the tiling lifespan shorter. 

What effect does high temperature have on tile adhesive? 

At higher temperature water-cement reaction accelerates. Thus the crystals formed in this situation are smaller than they usually form at a normal paced reaction. So the temperature needs to be lower when we are installing the tiles. Below 35 degrees Celsius is ideal for tiling. 

Can I tile directly over brickwork?  

It is not a good idea to tile directly over brickwork. At first, apply the acrylic modifier. Then cover the surface with primer. Let the primer dry. Apply adhesive over the primer. Following these steps makes your wall ready for tiling. 

Can I tile over a wooden floor directly?  

Just like a brick wall, you cannot tile directly tile over your wooden floor. Place a layer of 6mm ceramic tile layer over the floor. After that, you are ready for tiling.   

What is the reason for tiling failure? 

To have perfect tiling work, you have first to prepare the surface. An irregular surface containing dust, oil, or a porous or uneven surface, it leads to tiling failure. If you have used the wrong product or have applied them in the wrong amount, then this could also prove fatal. 

How to take care of tiling?

Taking care of your tiles is an easy job. Just brush and mop the tiles at regular intervals. Use rugs on the floor and doormats at the entrance. It helps you to protect the tiling from wear and tear. If something falls on the floor, quickly clean it.  Deep clean the tiles and grout once in a month. 

What does it cost to replace the tiled shower? 

Replacing the tile shower can be a costly affair. It is not only just about changing the tiles. You have to prepare the base of the tiling all over again. That means levelling the surface, applying primer, and waterproofing membrane. Then you can install the tiles. If you are going to use some of the same tiles, it is ok but if you want a new set of tiles then cost will also go up. 

Can we tile over the existing shower tile? 

You can tile over your tile shower. For that, the surface should be stable. If it is stable, clean the surface and make it free from dirt, mould, and mildew. When it is done, your surface is ready to be tiled.  

How much time does it take to retile a shower?  

It is a challenging job. First, you have to uninstall the tiles carefully so that the tiles don’t break.  Then preparing the surface takes time as you have to do everything that a new tiling surface needs. Then comes the reinstallation part. So the job is time-consuming, but it can be done in a day or two. 

What is the difference between a bathroom renovation and remodelling?  

Renovation and remodelling are a different kind of job profile. Renovation is done when your budget is low like replacing tiles or a bathtub or something else. But when you are remodelling the bathroom, you change the whole set up. So it is costly. 

Is re-glazing a bathtub better than replacing it? 

If you have some budget constraints, it is better for you to re-glaze the bathtub. It will last for 2 to 3 years, depending on the usage. But if there is no budget problem, then it is better to change it. It will give a beautiful new look to your bathroom. 

Can I keep the same tiles during my bathroom renovation?  

You can use your old tiles when you are renovating the bathroom. It will save you money. But you have to see that the tiles are in good condition. There is no leakage, and the tiles are in perfect shape. 

What is the reason for Basement Leakage? 

There can be many reasons behind the basement leakage. Water can quickly get in the cracks of the wall or floor. You should call waterproofing experts to find the water spots around the basement. It can be from mortar joints or junctures where the wall and floor meet. 

Is it necessary to have a design plan before I start getting my bathroom renovated? 

If you have a design plan, it is good. It will help you to complete the job as you want it. But if you have not planned, it’s all right—no need to worry. You can figure things out while you are doing the job. So it is not necessary to have a plan. 

How can I prepare myself before getting my bathroom renovated? 

Check some décor magazines and websites or watch some good design shows on television. It will give you a distinct idea of what changes you want to make in your bathroom. What things you want to keep and what new things you want to add in your renovated bathroom. It will help you to estimate the cost. 

Why should you choose the Launceston tiles? 

Launceston Tiling is one of the leading tiling and waterproofing firm in Australia. We have been in this business for a very long time. We are committed to finish the job with excellent precision. We have a well-trained team that maintains the high standard. Our priority is to satisfy you. We at Launceston tiling take pride in our transparent and honest dealing. And our list of happy customers would testify it.