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What to do to make sure that my bathroom does not leak?

To ensure that your bathroom does not leak you have to get the waterproofing done in that area. In waterproofing, a layer of waterproofing membrane is used to cover the floor and walls in the bathroom, toilets, laundry area etc. This layer makes sure that the buildup of moisture does not occur in the tiling.

What is the process of waterproofing?

The process of waterproofing is very straightforward. You need to start with cleaning the surface so that there is no dust, oil etc. Next you move on to apply the primer so that the surface is even. Now, you need to spread the bond breakers on the joints. Finally, you can apply the first coat of waterproofing membrane, and after it dries, you can do the second coat. After letting it dry your work is done.

Should I prime the surface before waterproofing it?

Should I prime the Yes, you should necessarily apply a primer on the surface that needs to be waterproofed. This is because priming has its benefits. Such as it makes the waterproofing membrane stay more durable and longer on the substrate, the primer also doesn’t let the moisture on the surface to come up and create a problem for the waterproofing membrane. before waterproofing it?

Do I need to apply primer on all the substrates?

You need to apply the primer on every substrate except the waterproofing membrane. As this membrane is non-absorbent, hence it cannot be primed like other surfaces.

Should waterproofing membrane be primed?

You need to apply a primer before starting the waterproofing as it will create a base for the application, although priming over the waterproofing membrane is not required. Owing to the non-absorbent nature of these membranes, they do not have to be primed over.

What does liquid rubber waterproofing mean?

Liquid rubber waterproofing is made of polyurethane which is in liquid form. And it is used to waterproof things. Also, it can stick to anything which is not oil-based. It can be used on many surface types like brick, wood, cement, tile, metal, fibreglass, PVC etc.

How are the bituminous waterproofing membrane made?

To make the bituminous waterproofing membrane, the bitumen is modified by polymer-based plastic. The membrane can be reinforced or not. Both options are available.

What is reinforced bituminous waterproofing membrane better?

If we compare the reinforced membrane to the normal bituminous membrane, then there is a difference in the mechanical strength of these two membranes. The reinforced membrane is more durable, which helps the membrane to handle building movement with greater efficiency. To reinforce the membrane, usually,fibreglass and polyester wool are used.

How to identify whether it is discolouration or efflorescence?

It is easy to identify which one your tile or wall has. The discolouration is more prominent and when water is poured on the surface discolouration is still visible. At the same time, efflorescence tends to become invisible when wet but reappears as soon as the water dries. Also, it appears way more prominently on dark-coloured surfaces.

Is there a way to limit the efflorescence in the tiling?

To limit the efflorescence from showing up at the surface, you can opt for a unique fast-drying adhesive and also use a special grout which lowers the efflorescence. If your tiles are already installed, then you should keep in mind to use as less water as possible to clean the surface. This is because if less water enters into the tiling, then it will reduce the chances of efflorescence coming up.

Can I cover my swimming pool with ceramic tiles?

Yes, using ceramic tiles to cover swimming pool is a good idea, they can be placed as a boundary at the waterline of the pool and also can be used to cover the whole pool floor and walls. Although each pool is different, which means they have their unique requirements. So it is advised to use the tile which matches your requirement. But ceramic tiles come with their constraints. Even a small crack in the glaze can lead to infiltration of water into it.

What specifications do I consider before picking tiles for my pool?

Before finalizing a tile, you need to ensure that they are not larger than 100mm. Ideally, they should have a size of 20mm to 58mm. You also need to choose the colour of the tile very carefully, most commonly the colour blue is preferred. But if you go for glass or ceramic tiles, then you can find colours both in light and dark shades. If you need an aqua shade, then go for whitecolour or else you can even choose black charcoal tiles to cover your pool.

Is glass tile a good option for the swimming pool?

Glass tiles are eco-friendly and are also non-porous and sturdy which gives your pool longevity and durability. These tiles are made of small squared glass which gives the pool an iridescent look and feel. These tiles are also available in many different dark hues which gives an illusion of depth in the pool. This also brings an element of style and luxury into the whole décor. Lastly, these tiles are versatile as they can be used both in hot and cold water.

How to tile a swimming pool?

To tile the swimming pool, you need to prepare it properly before tiling. You need to remove all the contaminants, oil, dust etc. sticking to the walls. If the wall is painted, then remove the paint by sanding. In case the pool is new then you need to let the concrete cure for six weeks and then prime the area. After doing this, you can butter the adhesive and then do the tiling.

What are mosaic tiles made of?

These tiles are made by combining tiny tiles of different or same category into a pattern or design. There can be tiles of one type or a mixture of many tiles of varied textures and colours. Tiles like porcelain, glass, stone etc. are used. They sometimes are even laid on sheets so that it becomes easier to install. The designs can be changed according to your liking and preference.

What are porcelain tiles?

These tiles are made up by using specific minerals and porcelain, which makes the tile extremely sturdy and water-resistant. They are also very dense. These qualities are a result of the fact that they are baked at a very high temperature of 1200 degree Celsius; hence they are a perfect choice for heavy usage and commercial projects.

What are the advantages of vitrified tiles?

Vitrified tiles have many advantages like they are highly water-resistant; they also have a glossy finish to them and even have a scratch-resistant surface. They get these qualities due to the raw materials that are used to make them like quartz, feldspar, silica etc. and some other factors like high temperature etc.

What are the best tile options for tiling in the bathroom?

If you want tiles that are best for placing in a bathroom, then a few things you need keep in mind are that the tiles should be low absorbent but still have a great look to them. You can achieve this by going for glass, stone or porcelain tiles.

How many types of tiles can I choose from?

There are many types of tiles, but most commonly ceramic and porcelain tiles are selected. Although you can choose from the various stone tiles as there is a wide range of marble, travertine, limestone or bluestone available for every budget. If you want to experiment with the new, then you can go for glass tiles, mosaic tiles, metal or resin tiles etc.

Is polymer modified adhesive better than standard adhesive?

Yes, the polymer-modified adhesive is better than regular adhesives as the added polymer makes the adhesive more water-resistant, increases its strength to create bonds and improves its flexibility. Individualtiles like vitrified and porcelain are quite dense, so conventional adhesive cannot hold these tiles properly. That’s why the polymer-modified adhesive holds the tile longer as it can form stronger bonds.

Is it safe to tile overwooden floor directly?

No, tiling over wooden floor directly is not at all recommended, you need first to remove any oil, grease, polish or wax done over the wood. Then get the surface primed by using a good quality primer. After doing all this, you can tile the surface using an adhesive.

What precaution to take while tiling over a cement plastered wall?

If the new wall that you are tiling over has a concrete surface, then you have to leave it set for a minimum of 6 weeks, and in case it has a plastered surface then you have to wait for two weeks before starting the tiling process. Also, if your plaster has a wooden finish, then you can tile over it directly, butin the case of steel finish, you will have to apply the primer on it and then place the tiles.

What do you mean by perimeter movement joints?

There is a specific space located between the tile and the wall, which is not filled with grout. These joints are called the perimeter movement joints.

What precautions do I need to take to increase the longevity of the tiling?

To increase the life of the tiling, you need to clean the tiles regularly through brushing and mopping. Another trick can be to limit the wear and tear of the tiling by using rugs, mats and doormats. Also, you have to be diligent about cleaning any spills over the tiles as they can stain the tile. Lastly, and most importantly, you need to get the grouts, and the tiles deep cleaned once every few months.

Do I need to take extraordinary measures for the exterior tiling?

Extra measures are required to be taken for exterior tiling because the tiles on the exterior go through rough conditions caused by extreme weather and thermal expansion. This problem is not faced by interior tiling. That’s why special measures like using adhesives with additives, giving the tile a mechanical fixing every 2 meters etc. are employed.

What is the reason for the water to be leaking through the grout?

If the water from your shower is leaking through the grout into a crawl space, then the cementitious grout is not the problem.The problem can be more profound within the waterproofing membrane done on the shower pan. So to resolve this problem correctly, you need to remove the shower pan, repair it and reinstall it properly so that no problem occurs in the future.

If the ceramic tile has a small crack, should I replace it or repair it?

If the ceramic tile that you have noticed has a small hairline crack then you don’t need to replace it you can repair it quickly by applying epoxy resin over it. As the crack is tiny, you will need to use a pointed tool like a toothpick to push the epoxy deep into each crack. Here the resin will harden and heal the crack properly.

What elements in my bathroom should I spend the most during the renovation?

If the renovation is on a small scale, then you can spend on something like new signature fixtures and bold decorative pieces which can give the bathroom a new look. Although if you are going for a larger-scale project, then you can consider spending on suitable quality tiles and finishes. Also, you can splurge on a new bathtub which will change the look of the whole area.

Should I have a design plan before starting the bathroom renovation work?

Having a plan is recommended as it smoothens the whole process of renovation and increases efficiency. But it is not necessary to have a plan. You can add and remove things as you proceed into the work without any problem.

Why should I choose Hobart Tiling?

Hobart Tiling is a respected and reputed company of Hobart’s tiling and waterproofing industry. Over the years, we have done many tiling and waterproofing projects and given form to many visions. But the best part of this journey has been creating a community of happy customers. Anyone of our customers would testify our honest dealing, excellent workmanship, and the eye to detail. We assure you will have a very pleasant experience with us.