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In what way is waterproofing done? 

To waterproof a surface, first of all, we need to clean the area so that no debris or contaminants are left. Then move on to applying the primer on the surface followed by the bond breaker on the joints. Once all these steps are done, you can move on to applying the first coat of the waterproofing membrane, make sure to cover the full surface. Once the surface dries apply the second coat of the membrane and let it dry, your work is done.   

What is the main content of the primer? 

Primer is of liquid consistency which consists of epoxy, polyurethane or epoxy. Primer is mostly used before waterproofing so that surface is ready for the application and the waterproofing membrane can get a good base and increase its longevity.  

Where do I need waterproofing? 

Any area that comes in permanent contact with water requires waterproofing. Areas such as lakes, spa, boxes for planting and so on require waterproofing. Also, it is needed in indoor areas such as shower area, toilets etc. 

Can you define waterproofing? 

Waterproofing is a waterproofing membrane covering film over our external walls, in kitchens, backsplashes, showers, laundries, pools, spas, etc. It shuts down the buildup of water and moisture in the walls and ceilings. 

What is the primer? 

Primer is applied before the waterproofing membrane in the whole waterproofing process. It serves as a base and is made up of liquid latex, epoxy, or polyurethane. 

Should I work with primer if the temperature is high? 

If you are applying primer where the temperatures are high, then the primer will evaporate faster, and it won’t be able to hold any contaminants or dust under it. Hence the purpose of priming will get compromised.   

What do you mean by  waterproofing bond breaker?

Building movement results in damage of the waterproofing membrane so to manage the effects of building movement on the membrane. Bond breakers are installed. These use the elastic property of the membrane and cope up with the building movement. 

Is applying waterproofing bond breakers necessary?  

It is necessary to apply waterproofing bond breakers in all the areas which may get affected by building movement like internal corners, joints etc. They are even a must according to the Australian standards.  

Is liquid rubber waterproofing a good option? 

Liquid rubber is one of the best waterproofing solutions available, and it is preferred as it is very versatile in its application. It can be applied onto almost any substrate which does not have a shiny or oily base, like cement, brick, wood, tiles, fibreglass etc. Liquid rubber is made up of liquid polyurethane.  

What substrate can cause the liquid rubber-not to adhere? 

Substrates which are too shiny or smooth and also oily substrates will not let the liquid rubber adhere to them. So you should avoid applying it on plastic pipes, silicon, varnishes etc.   

Should I waterproof my basement? 

Basements will have a higher risk of experiencing water leakage as they are situated under the ground, so waterproofing them is very necessary. Waterproofing also ensures that the environment in the basement is healthy and not ridden with bacteria which can breed in damp environments. If your basement is dry and safe, then your belongings will also not get damaged.  

Instead of waterproofing, can I just get the wall rendered? 

Rendering the wall is not same as waterproofing. The rendered surface can leak more easily than waterproofed surfaces. If even a slight leakage occurs then the whole coating can get compromised, and water can seep into the walls. So it is better to get waterproofing done instead of rendering.   

What tiles can I choose from for my pool?  

While choosing a pool tile, you need to have an idea about the preferred colour, texture, type, price etc. Then you can look for tiles such as mosaic, ceramic, porcelain, brick, stone etc. you need to decide your priorities as in the matter of texture. If the tiles are smooth, then they won’t provide as good of a grip as a textured tile etc.   

Can all type of ceramic tiles be used in pools?  

Ceramic tiles are available in various types. These tiles are suitable for areas that are always in contact with moisture and water. Still, not all ceramic tiles are suitable for extreme water exposure such as in swimming pools, even a single crack in the glaze can cause the tile to get damaged, so choose tiles very carefully for the pool.  

Our pool tiles and regular tiles different?  

Yes, pool tiles are designed to withstand extreme conditions. They are manufactured keeping in mind that the pool tiles have to go through sun exposure, extreme temperature, chemicals etc. While the regular tiles do not need to experience the harsh environments, so they are made. Accordingly, that’s why keeping in mind this trait. These tiles are not interchangeable.  

What is the purpose of glaze on a ceramic tile? 

Tiles are covered with a layer of liquid glass. And the purpose of doing this is to provide the tiles with colour and also to give them a water & stain resistant property. This layering of glass can be done on almost all porcelain and ceramic tiles.   

Why should I choose mosaic tiles? 

Mosaic tiles are very versatile, and they are a combination of small tiles which are arranged in different pattern or designs. Various types of tiles can be put together to create the pattern. Tiles like ceramic, porcelain, stone, brick etc. are generally used. These tiles are great as they can be made according to the buyer’s imagination and décor requirements. 

What are the benefits of vitrified tiles?  

Vitrified tiles are known to be extremely water and stain resistant as they are made up of clay combined with feldspar, quartz and silica. This allows the tile to have a glossy finish and also be very water resilient and scratch proof.  

How is the grinding process used on tiles? 

A grinding process is used on tiles to rectify them, which makes them rectified tiles. In this process, cutting off the edges of the tiles is done to make them all of the same size. This allows the tiles to be less irregular; hence the joints are smaller, and this gives an impression of a single tile look on the whole wall.  

Which tile should I prefer for my bathroom? 

The tiles which are installed in bathrooms have to be low absorbent but still, look good at the same time. Such tiles like porcelain, glass, stone etc. are preferred.  

What tile should I choose for my bathroom floor?

Tiles like vinyl, stone, porcelain etc. are all great options as they have low water absorption yet they look good to the bathroom. You can even go for ceramic tiles but they absorb more water so that you can use the alternate option of glazed ceramic tiles.  

Can low humidity shorten the life of tiling? 

Low humidity occurs when the environment is hot and dry. This causes the tile adhesive to dry at a faster rate which means the cement is not able to make good bonds with the surface; the adhesive needs water for good bonds. Hence, the life of the tiling becomes short.   

Is applying primer beneficial? 

The benefits of priming are the tile adhesive has increased water retention, this means more water is available, and the curing goes longer, which is suitable for tiling. Since adhesive remains damp for longer; thus, more tiles can be laid at one go. When the tile is laid, you can adjust the tiles too. 

How are additives used? 

Additives are used by adding them to grout or adhesives to increase their benefits and properties. Additives increase the water or stain resistance properties of the product or even increase the bond strength and the flexural strength of the product it is added to. So you can decide for which purpose you want to use the additives and add them accordingly.    

Why are some spaces left empty while grouting? 

These empty spaces left between the tiles are called movement joints. These are the spaces that are left for the floor movement. These joints can be categorized as field movement joints or perimeter movement joints.  

What is unique about field movement joints? 

The specialty of the field movement joints is that they extend from wall to wall. These joints can be identified as the grout joints that are not grouted. These joints are filled with caulking.     

Where are perimeter joints located? 

These joints are along the walls, they are present in between the tile and the wall, and it is the space that is not grouted.  

How much time should I wait before tiling over screed? 

While the screed cures it tends to shrink. So if you tile over it at that time, it will not yield good results. To cure screed properly requires about 28 days, so you need to wait for that minimum time before starting any tiling work.   

How do you define grout? 

The process of adding grout between the tiles is called grouting. Grout generally consist of sand, water, and cement etc. Grouting is very necessary as it ensures that the tiling remains safe during building and tile movement, which ultimately results in a sturdy structure. You can choose from a variety of grouts like epoxy grout, unsanded grout etc.   

Which grout is best for rough usage? 

Grouting in places which have heavy foot traffic and rough experience usage require grouts like epoxy grout which are highly resilient and are a mixture of resin and epoxy hardener. This grout is highly stain-resistant and waterproof as compared to cement grouts. For places like hospitals, restaurants, public washrooms etc. this grout is preferred.

Can old shower tiles be covered with paint? 

Yes, you can paint the old shower tiles to give them a new look. In case the problem with the tile is regarding their existing pattern or colour, then you can cover them with epoxy paint. You need to make very sure that you don’t paint over the grout. To ensure this cover the grout with masking tape so that unintentionally the paint does not get on the grout.  

Is retiling shower a time-consuming task?  

Retiling the shower is a challenging task as you need to remove the existing tile and place new tiles in place of the old ones. Although contractors or homeowners generally complete this task in one or two days.  

Can hairline cracks in ceramic tiles be patched? 

Yes, you can patch hairline cracks in the ceramic tile by applying clear epoxy resin on the crack. Hairline cracks are microscopic so they won’t take the resin in themselves, you need to push the epoxy compound down into the crack using a pointed stick. Also, make sure the crack is filled with the epoxy to heal the crack.   

Which grout should I prefer for applying between the shower tiles? 

Places which are more prone to humid conditions require grouts which are stain-resistant and not necessarily need sealing, so the best option is epoxy grout. This grout can be used in places like the kitchen, bathroom, douches etc.  

Is bathroom renovation different from bathroom remodelling? 

The main difference between remodelling and renovation is based on the scale on which they are undertaken. Renovation is the term used for work done on a smaller scale, like replacing the tiles or the bathtub etc. On the other hand, renovation is the term given to work which is done on a larger scale in which almost all the aspects are changed in the bathroom.   

Why should I choose Coffs Harbour Tiling? 

Coffs Harbour Tiling is an old and respected firm of the tiling and waterproofing industry. And these long years of servicing this city’s people, have taught us that passion, honesty, and quality are the three pillars of success. Thus, we promise that with us you will get the best workmanship possible, with an eye to detail. Also, we are sincere in our dealing. And rest assured there will be no nasty surprises anytime during the service.