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Hollywood style makes a splash

Hollywood style makes a splash | Tiling | Scoop.it

Having lived on their big block in Greenfields, near Mandurah, for 20 years, these homeowners decided it was time to refurbish the tired old concrete kidney-shaped pool and its surrounds.


They commissioned Oasis Pools principal Gil Howard to do the renovation but Mr Howard suggested that for the same price they could have a new pool with a 15-year warranty.


“Four large shallow entry steps provide a glamorous Hollywood pool entry from the entertainment area. Unique colour selections include mosaic waterline tiles in shades of grey with granite tread tiles on leading edges.”


The owners chose the pool and pond mosaic tiles from Queensland-based The Pool Tile Company online and were impressed to get a sample in the mail within three days.

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Why Porcelain is Practically Perfect

Why Porcelain is Practically Perfect | Tiling | Scoop.it

Whether or not you’re a trend enthusiast, it’s hard not to observe the increased focus on stone and tile materials in interior design.


The trend is being prompted by a rise in artisanal work, a love for the handcrafting and a renaissance of modern stonemakers.


Following the market's madness for marble, it seems porcelain is the next tile material to take centre stage.


Tile porcelain is extremely strong and practically maintenance-free. It can also replicate many popular natural stone finishes without the porosity.


The Porcelain Tile

Ceramic and porcelain tiles are often confused, but there are some key differentiators.


While both are kiln-fired, ceramic or non-porcelain tiles are usually constructed from red or white clay where the glaze carries the colour and pattern.


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How to affordably refresh your pool for the summer

How to affordably refresh your pool for the summer | Tiling | Scoop.it

Summer is here, and so is the pool season. TFO recommends a great way to create a real splash by renovating your pool in an affordable way.


TFO stocks a wide range of outdoor tiles including ceramic tiles, porcelain tiles, natural stone tiles and mosaics, all available at a fraction of the price of other retailers. TFO offers high quality tiles at factory outlet prices along with glues, grouts and sealers for the complete package.


Outdoor Ceramic Tiles - TFO’s outdoor ceramic tiles are available in a wide range of colours, textures and styles to suit varying design requirements. These outdoor tiles are highly durable and can withstand exposure to the harsh Australian elements, extreme heat and heavy traffic. TFO’s range includes slip-resistant ceramic tiles.


Porcelain Tiles - Produced using advanced technology to emulate natural stone, porcelain tiles are stain-resistant and frost-resistant with the colour running through the whole tile. Their slip-resistant finish makes these tiles perfect for outdoor use, especially around pools and for coping.

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Retro pink bathrooms back in fashion

Retro pink bathrooms back in fashion | Tiling | Scoop.it
Vintage pink bathrooms are back in fashion with renovators who are keen to save their retro charm.


The bathroom tiles used prior to the 1970s have been recognised as being of higher quality than recent ceramic tiles and less prone to cracks or breakages.


The way tiles were mud-set into the walls and floors of houses also provided longevity with many surviving unbroken for 50 years.



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How to make a statement with bathroom tiles

How to make a statement with bathroom tiles | Tiling | Scoop.it

Tiles have enduring appeal for their functional and aesthetic qualities, and the choice available is dizzying. Ceramic, porcelain, natural, handmade or glass? Lantern, penny rounds, hexagonal or fish scales? So how do you make a statement with tiles?  

Melbourne CBD apartment dweller Dina Zeini, a graphic designer who loves the flamboyance of Baroque art, chose an eye-catching mosaic design by Bisazza – a leading Italian brand, renowned for intricate and detailed designs.


In the pattern, named Bouquet designed by Carlo dal Bianco, each mosaic tile is 10 square millimetres and is made from coloured glass. The mosaics are sheeted to make it easier for the contractor to install, and each sheet is numbered so the tiler knows where to place it.


“The mosaic feature wall creates an impressive statement and adds a luxe feel to the bathroom. All other surfaces are kept plain and simple so as not to compete with the vibrancy of the pattern,” says Robert Perini who supplied the mosaic.


Things handmade are on trend in the contemporary design scene, and handmade tiles leave a lasting impression.

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The right way to cut tiles

The right way to cut tiles | Tiling | Scoop.it

When installing tiles expect that some of it will have to be cut in order to fit your floor flat form, your bathroom wall, your kitchen wall, and other parts of your home; some tiles will have to be cut into different size and into different shapes.


In doing this, you need the proper equipment and the right guide for you to get this task done. You might need a spare of tiles if this is your first time in going to cut tiles. But don’t worry and just read carefully these instructions and enjoy cutting your tiles.  


Making a straight cut –


Mark the tile where it needs to be cut.  Make sure that you cut the tile smaller than the space to allow for even grout joints. Place the tile in the tile cutter. Run the scorer across the tile only once, this will create a break point in the tile. Push down the breaker, this will deliver a nice, clean, and evenly cut tile.


Cutting tiles in shape –


Mark the tile where it needs to be cut. Make sure that you cut the tile smaller than the space to allow for even grout joints. Use the tile cutter to score each of the lines that will be cut. This creates a break point in the tile.  Cut to the scored lines using an electric grinder, the sides of tiles first and then the middle.


Cutting tiles into a small shape or cutting away a small piece –


Mark the tile where it needs to be cut. Make sure that you cut the tile smaller than the space to allow for even grout joints. Use the tile cutter to score each of the lines that need to be cut. This will make a break point on the tile. Break off the little pieces (nibbles) of the tile using a pair of tile nibblers until the mark shape is achieved.  Break the small amounts at a time; never try to break the whole shape at once.

Top4's insight:

Cutting tiles is fun, you just need the proper instruction and proper equipment in doing it. You can also do it with friends or someone who can help you. Just do it carefully so you would not hurt yourself; you might cut your hands for instance. 

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Helpful tips in installing floor tiles

Helpful tips in installing floor tiles | Tiling | Scoop.it

Installing floor tiles may not be so difficult. If you do not have money to rent people for their service then you can learn the steps in how to do it. You just need the information and equipment in installing the floor tiles.


Here are the major steps in installing floor tiles:


Preparing to install the floor tile --


The first thing you have to do is to prepare the subfloor properly before you lay the tile. Remove tiles from the boxes and randomly mix them to make sure that minor color differences do not form an unwanted pattern in the new floor. The floor tiles should be laid with the first tile centered in the middle of the floor then work onward from that.   


Mix the polymer-modified thinset mortar in a bucket to the consistency recommended by the manufacturer. Starting at the reference line cross in the middle of the room, spread the mortar with the thin side of the trowel in areas about 3 feet by 3 feet. Make sure that the reference lines are not obscured. Apply the mortar using the notched side of the trowel held at a 45 degree angle. Comb the mortar in one straight direction to ensure uniform application. Remove excess mortar with the trowel and return it to the bucket.


Installing the floor tile --


Lay the first tile square at the crossing of the reference lines. For best results, lightly press and twist the tiles to set them in the mortar. Place tile spacers at the edges of the first tile. Continue laying tiles in the same manner along the reference lines, then add spacers. Once you have completed a work section, use a rubber mallet and carpenter’s level to level the tile. Remove any excess mortar with a damp sponge. Continue applying thinset mortar and laying the tile in work sections in the same manner. Make adjustments as needed so the tiles are aligned straight, especially along the longest dimension of the room where variations will show. Apply thinset mortar and set the cut tile in position. Add tile spacers as needed. Allow the thinset mortar to dry for at least 24 hours or as recommended by the manufacturer before continuing.


Cutting and fitting the tile --


As you near cabinets, doorways, walls, and other flooring stops, trim tiles as needed for installation. Use a tile cutter for small, straight cuts. Use a tile saw (rentable) if necessary for cutting numerous or thick tiles. For making curved cuts, you can use tile nippers. If the tile is too thick for nippers, try the following method; mark the curve on the tile. Make relief cuts with a tile saw. Snap off the pieces with tile nippers. Use a file to smooth down the edges. Use a tile edging strip along carpet, wood flooring and other entry ways. Just spread the thinset, then set the strip in the mortar. The tile will hold it in place.


Smoothing the breaks in tile --


Remove the tile spacers from between tiles. Mix the grout following the manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure you use the proper water-to-mix ratio for a paste-like consistency. If you have well water, purchase distilled water to mix the grout. Apply the grout into the joints, then diagonally across the joints with a rubber grout float, removing as much excess as possible. Allow the grout to dry for 20 minutes or as recommended by the manufacturer. Wipe the grout lines in a circular motion with a sponge and water to set the grout just below the tile surface. Follow up with a grout haze remover to clean the tile. Once the grout is installed, avoid heavy traffic on the floor for at least 72 hours to allow the grout to dry. Wait approximately three weeks for the grout to cure completely before sealing the grout. Apply a grout sealer to the joints following the manufacturer’s instructions. Install any trim work or transition strips.

Top4's insight:

Some construction works are fun to do by yourself and installing floor tiles might be the one you can try. Here, you will enjoy your time doing it and afterwards you will have your reward when you see that your house become more beautiful. 

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Ceiling tiles and suspension system for Wesley College Perth

Ceiling tiles and suspension system for Wesley College Perth | Tiling | Scoop.it

USG Boral supplied acoustical ceiling panels and an acoustic suspension system for a project at Wesley College in South Perth.


MARS ClimaPlus acoustical ceiling panels and DONN DX/DXL acoustical suspension system were specified by architecture firm Taylor Robinson for the installation. Looking to maximise natural lighting and air circulation, Wesley College’s facility management team sought a clean and bright acoustical ceiling tile that was easy to maintain, and also provided quick access to services.


Approximately 1200 square metres of MARS ClimaPlus acoustical ceiling tiles, each measuring 1200 x 600 x 19mm, were used in the installation.

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Global ceramic tiles market set for rapid growth, to reach around USD 120.0 billion by 2020

Global ceramic tiles market set for rapid growth, to reach around USD 120.0 billion by 2020 | Tiling | Scoop.it

Zion Research has published a new report titled “Ceramic Tiles (Floor Tiles, Wall Tiles and Other Tiles) Market for Residential Replacement, Commercial, New Residential and Other (Countertops, Facades,.) Applications: Global industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis and Forecast, 2014 –2020”. According to the report, the global demand for ceramic tiles market was valued at around USD 72.0 billion in 2014 and is expected to reach around 120.0 billion in 2020, growing at a CAGR of slightly above 9.0% between 2015 and 2020.


In terms of volume, the global ceramic tiles market stood at 13.0 billion square meters in 2014.


Ceramic exhibit various chemical and physical properties such as strength and brittleness but are weak in tension and shearing. Owing to these properties ceramics can withstand unkind environments such as high temperatures, acidic materials,.


Owing to these differentiating attributes of ceramics, they find host of applications in various industries such as floor tiles, pipes, bricks, cookware, tableware, sanitary ware, pottery products, gas and fire radiants, kiln linings, glass and steel crucibles, knife blades, disc brakes in vehicles, watch cases, and biomedical implants. Basically, ceramic tiles area mixture of clays and other natural materials such as sand, quartz and water.

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Storm terrazzo tiles star in Flack Studio's Bendigo residence

Storm terrazzo tiles star in Flack Studio's Bendigo residence | Tiling | Scoop.it
One of Fibonacci Stone’s latest terrazzo tiles is taking the Australian design industry by storm.


A sought-after flooring and wall solution, Storm terrazzo tiles are a first choice among celebrated interior designers, such as David Flack, who chose them for his recent Bendigo Residence project.


Storm terrazzo tiles are a stunning feature of Flack Studio’s Bendigo Residence project. Set on three acres of native bushland, the long, spacious pavilion-style house has both modernist principles and a warm, inviting country-home feel. It features finely handcrafted joinery and custom textiles, which sit perfectly with the Storm terrazzo tiles.


Storm features marble-based compositions, which highlight the beauty and sophistication of natural marble. The tiles also provide a low maintenance, hardwearing and long-lasting flooring and wall solution. This makes them a perfect addition to environments such as the Bendigo Residence, as well as hospitality and commercial settings.


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How to get a custom look in the home using travertine tiles

How to get a custom look in the home using travertine tiles | Tiling | Scoop.it
Every homeowner seeks a unique look in their homes and tiles are one of the ways to achieve this distinction.


When selecting tiles for the house, decisions are made based on the homeowner’s personal preferences. For instance, marble tiles may suit the needs of people who look for a neat and high quality finish. Those who seek a custom look that exudes a certain level of authenticity as well as a striking aesthetic would want to consider travertine tiles.


Although travertine tiles are made of natural stone such as limestone, marble or granite, they stand apart for their formation, hardness and overall appearance. Formed in hot springs or limestone caves, travertine is characterised by the holes within the stone, which is caused by carbon dioxide evasion. The presence of holes is also an indicator of its quality - the more holes there are, the lesser is its overall quality.

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Easy steps in grouting wall tiles

Easy steps in grouting wall tiles | Tiling | Scoop.it

Grout is one of the major components in tiling; either for floor tiling, bathroom floor and wall tiling, kitchen wall and backsplash tiling, and other forms of tiling. Grout fills the gap between tiles; it bonds and secures the tiles to its base.


A person who is assigned to install tiles must know how to put grout in tiles. In case you have no clue in how to do it, let this simple steps help you, and for this case you will be guided in how to put grout on wall tiles.


First – Put on your gloves and safety gear. Pour a small amount of water into the clean bucket and add some grout powder. Mix until it has an even consistency, about the same as toothpaste. If it is too runny, add more grout powder, if it’s too thick add a little more water. 


Second – Protect your floor from splatters by laying drop sheets on them and use masking tape to keep them secure. Then remove any spacers between the tiles before you start.


Third – Dip your grout float into the mixture and spread a generous amount onto the tiles. Use the float to make sure that every joint is full of grout. Always try to grout diagonally across the tiles, so the mixture goes into the gaps. Run the flat edge of the float across the tiles to remove the excess grout. Keep applying the grout until the mixture in the joint starts to set.


Finally – Wet your sponge and wring out all of the excess water. Wipe diagonally across the tiles, until you have a nice clean joint that is full of grout. Repeat the grout and wiping off excess grout processes until all the tiles have grout between them. Once the grout is completely dry, put on your safety gear and buff the tiles and grout with a soft cloth. 

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Putting grout in tiles is fun, but in order to enjoy this task is you have to know on how to put it properly, because if you don’t,  you might encounter hassle while you are doing it and you may not have the result that you want. 

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Hints in buying the right glass tiles

Hints in buying the right glass tiles | Tiling | Scoop.it

Deciding to pick the right glass tiles for your new flooring (or other part of your home) at home  might be a little bit difficult. You have to consider many things like the prize to the tiles, the size, the color, and more.


Looking for stores to buy the tiles is the first thing to do, and don’t worry because you will found a lot of glass manufacturers and stores at South Australia who are offering glass tiles at affordable prize and great value. Researching about tiles through internet is another right thing to do, look for stores who are near you and search for the tiles that you really need; tiles that will make your home beautiful, and tiles that are durable that you can step in for a long time. You can also asks others or some experts about tiling, particularly at floor tiling, who can advice you in what will be the tiles that you  must buy.   

Top4's insight:

Do not get too excited and too hasty to have your new tiling at your home. We suggest that you make a research about what kinds of tiles that you must buy and where you can get it so you can have the floor tiling (or others like bathroom tiling) that you really need without hassle and trouble.    

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