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What is meant by waterproofing? 

A layer of waterproofing membrane covering our exterior walls in places such as the bathroom, backsplashes, toilets, laundries, pools, spas, etc. is called waterproofing. This membrane stops leakage and moisture build-up in walls and ceilings.  

Which areas require waterproofing? 

Waterproofing is required in areas which come in continuous contact of water. It is required in areas such as pools, spas, ponds, planter boxes, etc. Not only in outdoor areas, but waterproofing is also required in interior areas such as toilets, shower areas etc. as well.  

What is meant by primer? 

Primer is a liquid, made of epoxy, polyurethane, or latex. Primers are used for various purposes, they can be used to get a surface ready for tiling, waterproofing, and it also enhances the adhesive property. It provides an excellent base and is critical for the longevity of the tiling.  

What benefits do I get by using a Primer while tiling? 

There is not one but several benefits of using a primer while tiling. Benefits such as, the water retention in tile increases, which is an advantage while tiling. As a result of using the primer, the adhesive also stays wet for a long time which gives more time for the proper placement of a tile and the ability to place more tiles at a single stretch.  

Is there a requirement of primer before applying a waterproofing membrane? 

Yes, before applying a waterproofing membrane, it’s essential to apply primer. Waterproofing membranes are as the name says “waterproof” and non-absorbent, so it is not required to put primer once the membrane has been applied as using it will be unnecessary. But keep in mind that you might void your warranty if you don’t apply a primer beforehand.  

Can primers be exposed to high temperatures? 

No, primers are not meant to be exposed to high temperatures. If they are used in high temperature, they will evaporate even before trapping contaminants and controlling porosity. Thus it is useless to apply the primer in places which are exposed to high temperatures. 

What is meant by liquid rubber waterproofing? 

Liquid polyurethane is called liquid rubber. Liquid rubber is a great, waterproofing solution. If the material you’re trying to adhere it to is not oil-based, then it can stick to it as it can stick to almost any substrate that is not oil-based. Such materials include cement, masonry, brick, wood, tiles, most metals, most PVC, fibreglass, etc. 

Can waterproofing be applied in the basements? 

Yes, just like other places, waterproofing works in the basement, and it’s very beneficial to waterproof the basement. Basements are at a higher risk of water leakage as they are situated below the ground level. A much safer and healthier living environment is ensured if you waterproof the basement. Even damage to your belongings can be avoided if you do this. 

What can be the reasons for waterproofing failure? 

There can be several reasons for waterproofing failure. It may fail because the placement of waterproofing components was incorrect or the bond breaker or primer was wrongly applied. Another reason can be the use of an incompatible sealant or an incompatible tile adhesive. There are several things which need to be done correctly when creating a waterproofing system. 

Can ceramic tiles be used in a Swimming pool? 

Ceramic tiles can be used to cover just the walls or the ground, or you can cover both. Also, a single line of ceramic tiles may be added at the waterline as a boundary. But no matter which tiles you plan to use, keep in mind various aspects needs to be taken into consideration while tiling as each type of tile has unique specifications. 

How can a swimming pool look more colourful? 

To look at your pool a vibrant feel, you can try mosaic tiles. To match your backyard style, mosaic tiles come in a variety of colours and patterns. They are a combination of different tiles like glass, ceramic, porcelain etc. Mosaic tiles are various pieces of tiles which can be put together to make different patterns with the colour of your choice.  

What points should I consider before buying pool tiles? 

A tile larger than 100mm is not recommended for tiling a pool. However, the sizes that are most generally used for pool tiles are 20mm to 58mm. You’ll need to keep in mind the colour of your choice for your pool tiles while buying pool tiles. You can choose from glass and ceramic tiles, available in dark and light shades. To produce a light blue colour, white tiles can be used. While Aqua, Black and Charcoal tiles are used.  

Are there benefits of using glass tiles in swimming pools? 

Made up of tiny recycled pieces of glass, these tiles give off a smooth iridescent look. Compared to any other form of tile, they are non-porous and more robust while being environmentally friendly. When it comes to colour and style, glass tiles are available in dark colour which can provide your pool with a sense of depth. They also provide a stylish touch. Whether your climatic conditions are hot or cold, glass tiles can be used in your swimming pools. 

Should regular tiles be used as pool tiles? 

Pool tiles serve a different purpose than regular tiles. Thus, pool tiles are different than regular tiles. Pool tiles have to go through a lot of rigorous conditions, so they are designed to withstand changes in temperature, exposure to sunlight, exposure to water, and they come in direct contact with chemicals. But regular tiles cannot be put in such harsh conditions. Hence they are not durable outside due to these reasons.  

What should you use for your pool deck, Travertine or Limestone? 

Created by calcium carbon deposits, travertine is a sedimentary rock which is cream in colour whereas limestone, which is created in hotter climates, is a sedimentary rock and is denser. Limestone is of a more solid colour and offers a better grip than travertine also limestone produces less glare on sunny days. Lastly, it also absorbs less water than travertine. 

What is meant by Mosaic tiles? 

Mosaic tiles are identified as tiles which are made by combining different small pieces of tiles like- stone, ceramic, porcelain, glass, etc. These are available in a wide variety of colour, patterns, and textures. This characteristic makes these tiles the best choice for adding a unique look to the décor of your swimming pool, deck area, or any other place. 

What are the pro and cons of glass mosaic tiles? 

Mosaic tiles are great if you want an elegant design. They are easy to clean and take up only half the energy which is required to make some other tile of the same characteristic. These tiles are durable and increase the style quotient of your whole décor. But these tiles come at a high cost, so you need to have a reasonable budget to get these installed. These can be a hazard if they chip and someone walks over them when they are broken. So you can decide while considering all your priorities. 

What is meant by porcelain tiles? 

Porcelain tiles are made up of porcelain and some added minerals. The benefits of this tile include that it’s durable, dense, and is water-resistant. The reason behind these properties of this tile is because of its raw materials and the high temperatures of 1200 Degree Celsius at which they are baked. Because of these properties, it’s great for commercial purposes and high traffic areas.  

What is meant by vitrified tile? 

Vitrified tiles leading quality is their high water resistance. It’s made up of materials such as clay mixed with quartz, feldspar or silica. Not only are they water-resistant, but they are also glossy and scratch-resistant.  

What are the available types of tile in the market? 

The most common types of tiles that are used are porcelain and ceramic. Tiles such as marble, travertine, bluestone, limestone, etc. that are made up of stone are also available. Other types include glass tiles, cement tiles, mosaic tiles, metal tiles and even resin tiles. 

What is meant by tile adhesive? 

An adhesive that’s meant for tiles is called tile adhesive. It sticks the tile to the surface beneath it. Without it, the tile will not remain at its place. Cement-based and premixed paste are the two versions that it is available in. Different types of adhesive are used for different conditions, such as the type of tile used, i.e. stone, ceramic, or porcelain matter. The surface beneath the tile and other conditions such as humidity and temperature matter while choosing the adhesive. 

What is meant by grouting? 

When you add grout which is made from a mixture of sand, water, and cement, between the tiles, it is called grouting. Grouting helps the tiling to remain safe while there is movement in building and tile. Grout manages the compressive stress build-up due to the tile floor movement, and thus the tiling stays safe. 

What is meant by Epoxy Grout? 

Made using components such as epoxy hardener and resin, epoxy grout is a highly flexible grout. For rough conditions epoxy grout is the right choice; it is often used in public spaces such as restaurants, hospitals, public toilets. It absorbs much less water than its cement counterpart. As a result, it doesn’t stain as quickly as the cement grout. 

What should be done if the shower is leaking through the grout? 

Your problem might not be the cementitious grout joints if the water is leaking from the crawl space from your shower. The waterproof membrane of the shower pan can be the root cause. You need to remove and reinstall the shower pan properly as it is the correct way to fix this problem. 

How can old tiles be covered which are placed in a shower? 

You can cover your old shower tiles by using paint. If the issue is with the tile colour or paint, then Epoxy paint should be used for covering. But while painting, avoid painting the grout. Cover the grout with masking tape so that you don’t unintentionally paint the grout. 

What is the process to lay a tile? 

Preparation of the surface is the first step. It is done by applying waterproofing in the required area and smoothening the surface out. After that butter the adhesive and by using a tool, make grooves in it as they help the tile to stick faster. Now put the tiles on the ground and leave appropriate spaces in between the tiles. Lastly, put grout between the tiles and after that, if required, apply the sealant. 

While retiling a shower, how much time will it take? 

Retiling a shower is a challenging and time-consuming task. It takes time to remove the shower tile and replace it. However, it will just take one to two days for most homeowners and contractors to complete the installation. 

Bathroom renovation and re-modelling, what is the difference? 

The significant difference between renovation and re-modelling is off the scale. Renovation is done on a small scale, like when you are replacing tiles or replacing a bathtub. It is done on a small scale. Re-modelling is done on a large scale. Unlike renovation, re-modelling is when you change almost everything. 

How can I get ready for a bathroom renovation? 

To get ready for a bathroom renovation. You first need to get a design ready in your mind. For that, you can go through some décor magazines or websites. Some excellent TV shows can also be considered. Once you have a design in your mind, next, you need a place to keep your belongings, while it is getting renovated. These are a few things you need to do get ready for a bathroom renovation. 

Why should I choose Mildura Tiling? 

Mildura Tiling is a respected and reputed entity of the city’s tiling and waterproofing industry. Our firm believes in three principles- honesty, quality, and passion. Our working is entirely transparent, and we assure you that there will be no nasty surprises at any time during service. Also, we deliver the best quality work with an eye to detail. Lastly, our passion increases with every project that we complete. And we will complete your project with the utmost dedication.