Deciding what grout colour to use is purely a personal preference, but there are a few hints and advice we have accumulated over the years, on how to achieve the look your after.
The above images show the effects of different grout colours, the picture on the left has a very light grout colour and frames the tiles. Whereas the image on the right has grout more to the colour of the tiles and so blends in with the tiles. Grouting is an important part of the decision process.
If you wish for the tiles to stand out and be “framed” then go for a contrasting colour, but be careful as sometimes all you will see is the grout and not the other way around, try with some grout swatches first, or have a look in our showroom, as we have nearly all the tiles on display with grouting to show the different choices available.
Another important aspect of tiling is choice of grout size, often wrong grout width choice can ruin the look of a tiled area. Have a go with a few tiles on the floor, put a 3mm joint between them and have a look, keep going until you find the space you prefer the most.
In our showroom you will see many displays of tiles with various grout widths and our fully trained staff will be more than willing to advice you on the correct choice to give you your required look.
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Yes, Underfloor heating can be installed under just about any floor covering.
Underfloor heating is simply a heating system installed underneath, rather than above the flooring, providing radiant heat to the room. Once installed electric underfloor heating will perform significantly better than radiators. If you are considering installing underfloor heating in your home, but are unsure as to whether it is really worth your while, take a look at the many advantages below:
The heat given off by underfloor heating makes for a much more comfortable depth of warmth in the home. The heat is distributed closer to the bottom of the room than the top, so all of the heat given off is felt.
In general, less heat is lost via ventilation when an underfloor heating system is used. This means rooms stay warmer, improving energy efficiency.
It is also the case that underfloor heating uses less energy, again improving energy efficiency and, lowering household energy bills.
With underfloor heating, it is possible to control the temperature of each room individually, from a central location. This means that people who like their bedroom to be cooler than their living room, for example, can easily adjust their system to their preference.
Finally, an often overlooked benefit of underfloor heating is the fact that there are no bulky radiators cluttering up the room, so homeowners are freer to make the best use of their space.
They are supplied in outputs of 100w, 150W or 200W per square metre and come in a large range of sizes allowing you to select the perfect underfloor heating system whatever your room dimensions. For the prices of the 100W, 150W and the 200W please call 01823 667242 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In normal circumstances they do not add any build height to your tiled floor as they are so thin that they are contained within the tile adhesive layer.
Customers in our showroom often ask “Can I tile myself or do I need to employ a tiler?”
If you have time, patience & some DIY skills then tiling is a job which can be done by the customer.need to employ a tiler?”
Listed below are some helpful hints to DIY tile fitting.
Planning and preparation is key.
First make sure you know your floor substrate and the correct preparation required prior to tiling.
All surfaces, including existing tiles, must be clean, firm, dry, free from dust, dirt, oil and grease, and strong enough to support the weight of the tiles and the adhesive. When tiling on to timber floors the surface should be prepared to provide a rigid and secure base without any deflection.
Some Questions to ask
Q:What is my floor substrate?
Q:Is it suitable to tile straight on to?
A: Most substrates can be tiled onto but will need different preparations (www.tiles.co.uk/help)
Q:Can I tile on top of existing tiles?
A: Yes provided they are soundly fitted to the floor and you prepare the (surface correctly)
Q:Can I have underfloor heating under tiles?
A: Underfloor heating system are available to go under most floor surfaces for further details email: email@example.com
Q:How many square metres do I require?
Q:Will I need expansion joints?
Q:What tools will I need
A: Notched Trowel, Grout Float, Hydro Sponge, Spacers, Cutter, and for natural stone tiles additional: Cleaning & sealing kits
Now you are ready make sure you have the correct tiles,tools, adhesive and grout ready for your job.
Find the centre point of the room and section into quarters.
Work one quarter at a time, if possible lay your tiles out without adhesive first to check the finished effect and to arrange the cuts at the edge of the room.
You would normally lay from different boxes to avoid shade variation rather than one box at a time.
Spread the adhesive evenly using a notch trowel or spreader. Place the tile in position, giving it a slight twist to bed in to the adhesive. Continue laying your tiles leaving a grout joint of your choice (NEVER butt joint).
Helpful tip: spread a thin layer of adhesive on the back of the tiles as well to achieve perfect bond.
Check from time to time that your tiles are level (by using a spirit level) and that there are no hollows under the tiles.
Clean the tiles regularly to avoid adhesive remaining on the tiles and remove excess adhesive in the joints.
It is recommend to leave the tiles for 24 hours before cutting and laying the edge tiles.
Allow the adhesive to dry (cure) before grouting.
If the tiles require sealing such as natural stone, terracotta, polished porcelain & slate then applying 1st coat of sealer before grouting- this not only helps ensure the grout does not stain the tile, but it also helps with the cleaning of the excess grout.
Using your grout float apply enough grout as you can effectively work with.
Press the grout into the joints (in a diagonal direction) to an even level with the tile. Remove the excess from the tile with the grout float.
Wait for the grout to stiffen then using a damp sponge work across the joints being careful not to drag the grout out of the joints. Clean as you work checking the grout joints are full and smoothly finished.
Useful link (www.tile.org.uk/joints)
Leave for the entire floor to cure. Grout residue (hazing) can be removed with LTP Grout St Remover (on the appropriate tiles).
The foregoing advice, whilst given in good faith and from experience gained in various installation situations is for guidance purposes only. If in doubt at any stage of floor laying, experiment before proceeding further or seek further advice. Neither the supplier nor the manufacturers will be liable for any dissatisfaction resulting from these instructions nor will they in any circumstances accept responsibility for any damaged or incorrect tiles once they have been fixed.