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What does waterproofing mean?

Waterproofing means doing a layer of waterproofing membrane over walls or in toilets or on the bathroom floors, inside the swimming pool and spa etc. The primary purpose of doing waterproofing is to stop the moisture from seeping inside as it can lead to loss of structural integrity.

In what places should I do waterproofing?

Places which tend to continually come in contact with water or moisture and can get damaged with prolonged water exposure, require waterproofing. You should waterproof areas like pools, ponds, spa, bathrooms, toilets etc.

What is the primer?

Primer can be explained as a liquid solution used to prep surfaces before tiling or waterproofing. It also ensures that the adhesive properties are improved. Primer is made either of epoxy, latex or polyurethane.

Is primer beneficial for tiling process?

Yes, primer is very beneficial for the tiling process as it ensures that the tiles retain water for more time which results in better curing of the tile. Primer also helps in letting the adhesive dry a little slower, so that while installing you can place many tiles at a go and also adjust them if some mistake happens.

Can my warranty get null and void without primer?

Yes, not applying primer correctly or not applying primer at all may become a cause for the manufacturer warranty to get void. Also, you don’t need to apply the primer on the waterproofing membrane, as it is non-absorbent.

Will the primer get affected if the work is being done in high temperature?

High temperature causes the primer to get evaporated very quickly, even before the primer can successfully trap the dust or control the porosity. So you should avoid priming when the temperature is high.

What is waterproofing bond breaker?

Waterproofing bond breaker is a solution which is used to ensure that the building movement does not damage the waterproofing membrane. Bond breaker uses the elastic properties present in the waterproofing membrane to help it with the building movement.

Should I install waterproofing bond breaker?

Yes, you should place waterproofing bond breakers in the areas like the joint, internal corners and also in all other places that might get affected by building movement. According to Australian standards, this application is a must.

Can warm temperature hamper the structural integrity ofthe bituminous membrane?

If the temperature is boiling, then the bituminous membrane may get a little soft, but this membrane requires a boiling temperature to melt. In our climate, even in extreme conditions, we don’t have such high temperatures which are required to melt the membrane. So, the warm temperature cannot let the bituminous membrane hamper the structural integrity of the building.

Where should I use the bituminous membrane?

You should use bituminous membrane in massive traffic places like pools, highways, concrete roofs and floors, in high rise car parking etc. You can also apply it in your bathrooms or balconies etc.

What should I do to control efflorescence in the tiling system?

There are special low efflorescence grouts available and also special adhesives that are fast drying which prevents the efflorescence from appearing on tiles. If your tiles are already installed then to avoid this problem, you should consciously use less water for cleaning the tiles, as more water results in the efflorescence to come upon the tile.

Can efflorescence harm my walls?

Yes, efflorescence can weaken your walls, and it may even in some cases cause the loss of structural integrity of the wall, which can have many severe effects in the long run.

Should I install ceramic tiles in my swimming pool?

You can use ceramic tiles in the swimming pool by adding the tiles as a boundary of the pool, a single row of tiles set at the waterline of the pool give a very chic look. You can even cover the whole pool floor and wall also with these tiles. Although each swimming pool has unique tile requirements, so keep them in mind before selecting the tiles.

What factors should I consider while picking tiles for my swimming pool?

You should consider the size of the tile, the tile should not be larger than 100mm, and ideally, the tile has to be in between 20-58mm in size. Next is the colour, commonly the colour blue is preferred, but you can go for some other colour according to your choice. The tiles can be of many types. You can go for ceramic or even glass tiles. They come in both light and dark shades.

Amongst travertine and limestone, which should I use for my pool deck?

Limestone has the quality of absorbing less water as compared to travertine. Travertine is a cream-coloured sedimentary rock which is formed through deposits of calcium carbonates. In contrast, the limestone is produced in a warmer climate, and the rock is denser. The limestone has a better grip, and itproduces less glare in the sun.

How are mosaic tiles made?

Mosaic tiles are made by combining small tiles of different types, styles and colour to create a specific design. You can either use a single type of tile or combine various tiles, like ceramic, glass, stone etc. you can personalize and customize the design according to your décor and liking.

How are Porcelain Tiles formed?

To form these tiles, porcelain and certain other minerals are combined in specific proportions. These tiles are made to be very dense, durable and even water-resistant, these qualities are embedded in these tiles through the use of some specific raw materials and by the high temperature of 1200 degree Celsius at which they are baked. Owing to these specifications, porcelain tiles are great for high traffic projects and commercial work.

What does a vitrified tile mean?

Vitrified tiles are those who are highly water-resistant and have a shiny and glossy look to them. Along withthis, they are even scratch proof. They are made using a combination of clay along with feldspar, silica and quartz.

Describe rectified tiles?

Rectified tiles are individual tiles which go through a grinding process in which they get rectified. Through this process, all the uneven tiles are cut into the same size as each other, and this allows for the tiles to have less irregular edges, and this eventually leads to the joints and the grouts to be smaller. They create a seamless look and give an impression of a single tile/stone look throughout the wall or the floor.

Which tile is the best for installing in a bathroom wall?

Tiles that are to be installed in a bathroom have to be chosen carefully; they have to be low absorbent and look great with your overall bathroom décor. You should go for tiles like glass, porcelain or stone tiles as they take care of all these requirements.

What kind of tile is best for placing on the bathroom floor?

While looking for a tile for the bathroom floor, you need to make sure that the tile is water-resistant and absorbs very little water as water seepage can cause many problems in the tiling system. You can go for the most popular choice which is ceramic or choose from porcelain, vinyl or stone tiles.

How can I install tiles?

For installing tiles, you should start first with ensuring that your surface is well-prepped with primer and then it has been waterproofed in all the required area so that the surface does not have any bumps and it is smooth. Now after the prepping is done, you will place an appropriate amount of adhesive and then lay spacer and the tiles carefully without leaving any gaps. After the tiles are laid, you can remove the spacer and do the grouting.

Does high temperature weaken the bond of the tile adhesive?

The reaction between water and cement gets accelerated if the temperature is high; this causes the crystal to have a smaller form. These smaller crystals weaken the effectiveness of the tile adhesive. That’s why it is preferred to do tiling when the temperature is below 35 degree Celsius.

What does field movement joint mean?

There are grout joints that are left ungrouted, and these are called field movement joints. These joints are unique in the way that they extend from wall-to-wall. To fill these joints, caulking is used.

What is a perimeter movement joint?

While the tiling is done, space is left ungrouted between the tile and the wall. These are called perimeter movement joints. The perimeter movement joints run along the wall.

How many days should I dry screed before tiling?

The screed has to be left to cure properly for atleast 28 days as the screed may shrink in this period. If the tiling is done before letting is dry, then the whole work might get destroyed. That’s why for best results any tiling work should be done when the screed has fully cured.

What is grouting? What does grouting do?

The primary purpose of grouting is to keep the tile structure safe by helping the tilingresist tile movement. In grouting primarily a mixture is prepared of sand cement and water which is called grout and this mixture is filled in between the space of tiles. Many kinds of grouts are available to choose from like, epoxy, unsanded grout etc.

Should I tile over existing tiling?

If the surface that you are planning to retile is stable and does not have any unevenness and has no broken or bumpy tiles, you can retile over that surface. You need to make sure that before starting the work, the tiles are clean and don’t have any mould or grease on them.

Is retiling a shower a hectic work?

Retiling a shower is not necessarily a hectic work. However, removing the previous tiles and then again placing new tiles may sound lengthy, professionals can complete this task in 1-2 days maximum.

How can I repair a hairline crack in my ceramic tile?

Repairing a hairline crack is quite easy when you find a crack you will have to clean the area gently and then place clear epoxy resin on it, as the crack is tiny the resin will not get into the crack easily you will have to use a small sharp stick like a toothpick to push the resin into the crack. Then just let it dry properly.

Should I use ceramic tiling on my bathroom floor?

The floor in your bathroom experiences a lot of wear and tear in the form of chemical soap, constant moisture, hot water etc. The ceramic tiles ensure that the bathroom floor can bear the heavy foot usage and keep the friction intact for a longer time which is essential from a safety point of view.

Our remodelling and renovation in different terms?

Yes, these two are different from one another but on a very slight note. They differ from each other on the topic of scale. Renovation is smaller work like changing the fixtures or replacing the bathtub etc. Whereas remodelling is a much bigger task, in which almost every aspect of that room is changed and replaced. It is a task done on a large scale.

What preparations should I do before getting my bathroom renovated?

You should have some sort of idea in your mind regarding the final look of your bathroom. You may take ideas from décor blogs and websites. You need to have a relocating plan for the personal belongings kept in the bathroom which will have to be removed when the work starts. These are the few things you can think about before getting the work started.

Why should I choose Canberra Tiling?

Canberra Tiling is a respected and reputed firm of the city’s tiling and waterproofing industry. We have been tiling and waterproofing for many years now. And we have enough experience and knowledge to complete your project most smoothly. We take pride in our excellent workmanship and eye to detail. Also, we assure you that there will be no nasty surprises at the end of the project.