Tiling

FAQ

Can you tile over tiles?

Yes we can.  Most tilers will use 2 part adhesives to stick to your old tiles however what they neglect to do is clean the years of cleaning products, dirt and grime from the pores in the surface of the tiles.  This can mean the adhesive doesn’t stick as well as it should giving unreliable adhesion and possibly dummy tiles and cracking grout.  Sovereign Tiling checks your existing tiles to ensure they are sound then we take to them with a dustless floor grinder to abrade the surface of the tile they are then ready to take the adhesive.  People often worry about the increased height at carpeted areas, to remedy this we pull the carpet back and use a smooth self leveling compound to negate the difference in height, it is seldom noticeable once this is done.

 

What is Porcelain Tile?

Porcelain tile is a tile that is generally made by the dust pressed method from porcelain clays which result in a tile that is dense, impervious, fine grained and smooth, with a sharply formed face. Porcelain tiles usually have a much lower water absorption rate (less than 0.5%) than ceramic tiles making them frost resistant or frost-proof. Glazed porcelain tiles are much harder and more wear and damage resistant than non-porcelain ceramic tiles, making them suitable for any application from light traffic to the heaviest residential and light commercial traffic. Full body porcelain tiles carry the color and pattern through the entire thickness of the tile making them suitable for polishing or bullnosing. They are suitable for any application from residential to the highest traffic commercial or industrial applications. Porcelain tiles are available in matte, unglazed or a high polished finish. Depending upon the quality of manufacturing these may or may not require sealing, doing a small spot test with raspberry cordial on a sample tile and trying to wipe it off after 5 mins will tell you if sealing is needed..

 

What is Nano Porcelain?

Through the latest SUPER POLISH TECHNOLOGY a nano-level stable protective structure is formed on the surface of the porcelain tile. This technology means your tiles will NOT stain and do NOT require sealing.

 

What is glazed Porcelain?

The latest trend in porcelain tiles is blending the benefits of porcelain products (durability, low porosity) with benefits of ceramics (low maintenance, endless colour range, low production cost), to create a hybrid product called ‘glazed porcelain’. These products have proven to be very popular with time-conscious builders and home owners and do not need Sealing.  They are extremely low maintenance whilst giving the flat tight effect of porcelain.

 

Do I need sealing?

Depending upon the quality of the porcelain they may or may not need sealing.  As mentioned, Nano porcelains do not require sealing.  With other Porcelains it is advisable to do a small test patch with raspberry cordial or coke,wipe it off after 5 mins and if no stain is apparent then they are of good quality and will be resistant to staining.  If after doing this a stain is apparent sealing may not be enough to protect these lower quality tiles.  We advise our clients to use Nano Porcelain.

 

What is Ceramic Tile?

Ceramic tiles are generally made from red or white clay fired in a kiln. They are almost always finished with a durable glaze which carries the color and pattern. These tiles are used in both wall tile and floor tile applications, are softer and easier to cut than porcelain, and usually carry a PEI 0 to 3 rating.  Non-porcelain ceramic tiles are usually suitable for very light to moderate traffic and generally have a relatively high water absorption rating making them less frost resistant and they are more prone to wear and chipping than porcelain tiles.