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What is Waterproofing?

Waterproofing is a process in which we cover thewaterproofing membrane on the outer surface of construction, like in rooftop, bathrooms, toilets, pools, etc. The objective is to stopthe leakage and moisture in the walls and ceilings.

How is waterproofing done?

Before we start waterproofing the surface, we have first to clean the surface. Check if there is any dirt or contaminants. After cleaningthe surface properly apply primer on the surface. Apply bond breaker on the joints properly. Then apply coats of waterproofing membrane over the surface. Apply a second coat at the 90 Degrees angle to the previous coat. Give it some time to dry, and your job is done.

Benefits of applying primer?

Applying primers on the surface has a lot of benefits. Applying primer means there is more water retention, and the curing goes longer, which is required. Then you apply the primer the adhesive also stays wet for a more extended period. It enables you to fix more number of tiles at a time. It also reduces the pin holding in waterproofing membranes.

Is it necessary to apply primer?

Applying a primer is a necessary step. If you don’t apply the primer, it can void the manufacturer warranty. You can use primer on all types of substrates apart from waterproofing membranes. Waterproofing membranes are non-absorbent. It will be a very hugewaste of money if you apply primer over it.

What is liquid rubber waterproofing?

Liquid rubber is a water-based rubber membrane designed to protect your household items. It is liquid Polyurethane. Liquid rubber is an excellent, waterproofing solution. It offers exceptional chemical and puncture resistance. Liquid rubber can stick to almost any non-oily substrate like cement, masonry, brick, wood, tiles, most metals, most PVC, fibreglass, etc.

What to do before waterproofing the surface with liquid rubber?

Before we apply liquid rubber solution, we have to check that the surface is free from oils, dust, flaky substance, varnishes, and paint that is not bonded correctly. After a proper inspection, if everything is looking good, we can start applying liquid rubber with a roller, brush, or spray gun.

What is the meaning of efflorescence?

Calcium Hydroxide salt is present in all types of cement. It comes to the surface through grout joints or leakages. When the salt reaches the top of the surface, it reacts with the carbon-di-oxide present in the atmosphere and forms Calcium Carbonate.Calcium Carbonate creates a thick white layer on the surface. This is known as efflorescence.

How can I control efflorescence in the tiling system?

If you want to prevent efflorescence from appearing, you should use a fast drying adhesive and a special low efflorescence grout when you are installing the tiles. After installation, you should use less water for cleaning purposes. If there is less use of water, the chances of water getting inside the tiles are narrowed down. So it will not be able to come to the surface. Thus you can avoid efflorescence from happening.

How many types of pool tiles are available in the market?

There are different types of pool tiles available in the market. Some of them are Porcelain, mosaic, ceramic, brick, and stone tiles. When you are trying to buy pool tiles, it depends on your choice of colour, size, and price preferences. There is another consideration to make. That is texture. Although smooth tiles can look fantastic, if you want grip then textured tile should be your first choice.

What is the difference between a Porcelain and a Ceramic Tile?

The difference between a Porcelain tile and Ceramic tile lies in their manufacturing process. The Porcelain tile ismore robust than ceramic tile. It is more durable. Porcelain tiles are more reliable and difficult to mount. On the other hand, the ceramic tile is lighter in weight and easy to install. The design of porcelain tiles extends throughout the tile, whereas the design pattern in a ceramic tile is contained within the surface of the tile.

Compare the durability between ceramic and porcelain tile?

The primary difference between porcelain and ceramic tiles is their durability. Porcelain tiles are smoother and more durable than unglazed ceramic tiles. Ceramic tiles are mostly used in the home for partitions, bathrooms, and other floors as they can withstand light to moderate traffic. But we can use porcelain tiles almost anywhere. They can be used in houses, industrial and commercial places. The porcelain tiles are durable and can withstand higher traffic.

Points to keep in mind while choosing pool tiles?

When you are choosing pool tiles, the first thing that you should keep in mind is the size of the tiles that you are choosing. The pool tile size should not exceed 100 mm. In general, 20mm to 58mm tiles are the best. Porcelain tiles, glass tiles, and ceramic tiles are commonly used as pool tiles. The colour choice is according to your choice. But for your information the most common swimming pool colour is blue. You can easily find blue coloured glass and ceramic tiles. They are available both in light and dark shades. You can also use white tiles to create a light blue watercolour in your pool.

What are the advantages of using glass tiles in the swimming pool?

Glass tiles are smaller in size and are made of recycled glass. Recycled glass tile is eco-friendly. They are non-porous and more durable than any other pool tile. It gives you a smooth iridescent look. Glass tiles usually come in a dark colour, so it makes your pool to look deeper. You can use glass tiles both in a hot and cold climate as glass is heat resistant.

What is a vitrified tile?

Vitrified tiles are made by mixing clay with quartz, feldspar, or silica. These types of tiles are extremely water-resistant. Their finish is glossy, and they are scratch-resistant too.

What is a rectified tile?

The term rectified means corrected. These types of tiles are rectified by grinding the edges. All tiles are cut into the same size. So their edges are less irregular. Sowhen you put the tiles next to each other, it creates a whole tile look as you have to fill less amount of grout between the tiles.

Which type of tile is best for shower walls?

When you are going to buy tiles for shower walls, the first thing you should keep in mind is that the tiles should absorb less amount of water. Stone tiles or porcelain tiles are a clear choice. They both absorb less water.In the case of stone tiles, you have to use the sealant to maintain its sheen. Stone tiles like quarrylook great, but porcelain tiles also have a premium look. You can also use Glass tiles. It will also prove a good option.

What is the best type of tiles for the bathroom floor?

The same logic is applied in this case. Use the type of tiles that absorb less amount of water. Porcelain tiles and stone are perfect for this. Vinyl is also a good option as it absorbs less water. You can also use glazed ceramic tiles if you have a low budget. It will also serve your purpose.

What is a tile adhesive?

A tile adhesive is a substance that is applied on the surface beneath the tile. It helps the tie to stick to its place. There are two types of adhesive one is cement-based, and another is a premixed paste. Which type of adhesive you should use depends on various conditions. The conditions are the type of tiles and the surface beneath the tile. Other climatic conditions are humidity and temperature. They have a significant impact on adhesive. These points you should keep in mind before applying adhesive.

What is an additive?

Additives are a mixture of compounds added to grout or adhesive to enhance their performance. Additives help to increase water resistance, minimizes stains, and chemical reaction. Additives can also be used to increase bond strength.

What is grouting?

Grout is a mixture of sand, cement, and water. It is applied between the spaces of tiles, and this process is called grouting. Grouting helps to keep the tiling safe due tomovement of tiles. It keeps the tile structure secure. There are different types of grout, like unsanded grout, epoxy grout, etc.

How to clean the grout at home?

Make a thickwhite paste of baking soda and water. Apply it on the grout and leave it for a night. In the morning, rub it with a toothbrush. Make warm water and take a mop. Use the mop to clean the remaining paste. You will get a clean grout using this process.

What measures should I take while doing exterior tiling?

The Exterior tilings are exposed to sun, rain, and wind. They face rough weather. So there is always a chance of wear and tear. If you take some measures, you can avoid it. Apply adhesive with additives. Apply it in liberal quantities. Also, use mechanical fixing every 2 meters.

How can I take care of tiling?

Taking care of the tiles is easy. Mop your tiles regularly. Use of rugs and doormats to protect it from wear and tear. This will give your house an enhancedlook. Clean the floor quickly if you accidentally, spill something. Once in a week clean your tiles and grout properly.

Is it possible to tile over the existing shower tile?

It is possible if the surface is solid and smooth. First, you have to clean it properly. Make it free from dust, mould. There should be no oddly shaped tiles else it will create difficulty to apply new tiles over it.

What is grout more suitable for shower tiles?

You should use Epoxy grout instead of cement grout in the bathroom. Epoxy grout is stain-resistant and does not need sealing. Cement grout, on the other hand, gets dirty in humid condition and needs sealing quite often.

How can I cover old tiles placed in the shower?

If you want to cover your old tiles, you can cover them with paint. If you are having a problem with the colour of the tiles, paint it with epoxy paint. But keep in mind, do not paint over the grout. To do so cover the grouts with masking tape and then start painting. This is how you can cover your tiles.

What is the difference between a bathroom renovation and remodelling?

Renovation and remodelling are altogether different. When you are doing a renovation, you are either replacing tiles, changing the taps, or a bathtub. But in case of remodelling your bathroom,you are almost changing the whole set up.So renovation is a small scale work, but when you are remodelling it is a significant scale work.

What can be changed in a bathroom renovation?

At first, you can change the tiles to give it a brand new look. You can also change sinks, bathtubs, and even showerheads. If you have a very low budget and you need a visible change, try to change the setting of bath and sink. Put some decorative items in the bathroom. Proper lighting in the bathroom will also give it a new look.

How can I prepare myself before getting my bathroom renovated?

When you are thinking of renovating your house look through some home décor websites and magazines, it will give you some ideas. Watch television shows on home décor. They are accommodating. They can provide you with some unique idea to make your bathroom a smart one. First, think about how much you want to spend in the renovation. Then shop around and pick up the items that suit your budget.

Why should you choose Darwin tiles?

Darwin Tiling is a well-known and reputed business in northern Australia. We have been in this business for more than three decades now. Our work is detailed and professional. We are diligent with all our work,and we offer personalized service too. We can handle all types of tiling and waterproofingtasks. Our team will offer you a high-quality job. Your satisfaction is our priority.