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How would you define waterproofing?

Waterproofing can be defined as a process in which first we clean the surface. Then apply primer, bond breaker, and waterproofing membrane. This process makes the surface waterproof and ready for applications like bathroom and pools, etc. If waterproofing is not done, then water may seep under the tiling and result in loss of structural integrity.

Which substrates can take waterproofing?

Waterproofing is generally done over screed or concrete. But virtually any substrate can take waterproofing like structural plywood, composite timber sheets, fibre cement sheet, wet area plasterboard, and whatnot.

Explain the process of waterproofing?

Waterproofing can be done in a few easy to follow steps. First clean and dust the surface. Next, apply primer over the whole area that has to be waterproofed. Then apply bond breaker on joints and places prone to building movement. Lastly, apply two coats of waterproofing membranes at 90 Degrees angle to each other.

What is a waterproofing bond breaker?

Building movement can result in waterproofing membrane failure. But bond breakers help use the elastic properties of the membrane to adjust with the building movement. This keeps the waterproofing sturdy and resilient.

Are waterproofing bond breakers a necessary step?

Yes, complying with Australian Standards, it is mandatory to apply waterproofing bond breakers. They help accommodate building movement and are compulsory in all areas that have to deal with building movement, like joints, internal corners, etc.

Why does waterproofing fail?

Waterproofing failure can occur due to many reasons. Like, thewaterproofing membrane is not applied correctly, sealant or adhesiveis incompatible with the substrate. Even the wrong application of the bond breaker can be a reason. Any small mistake can lead to the failure of waterproofing.

What is the meaning of liquid rubber waterproofing?

Liquid rubber is liquid Polyurethane and helps in waterproofing surfaces. Liquid rubber is an easily applied waterproofing solution. The best feature is that it can stick to almost any substrate. Like, wood, tiles, most PVC, cement, etc.

Do I need to do surface preparation before applying liquid rubber?

To ensure that liquid rubber bonds well with the surface, we do need to do surface preparation. Like, the surface must be clean of any flaky substance, oils, dust, glossy or loosely bonded paint, varnishes, etc. because liquid rubber cannot stick to oily or smooth and shiny surfaces.

Describe bituminous waterproofing membranes?

Bituminous waterproofing membranes are membranes made of bitumen which is further modified by polymer-modified plastics. Two types of membranes are available- reinforced and non-reinforced.

Why are reinforced bituminous waterproofing membranes preferred?

Reinforced bituminous waterproofing membranes are preferred because it gives them mechanical strength. Polyester wool and fibreglass are commonly used for the reinforcement of these membranes.

Is it true that bituminous membranes melt in warm weather?

No, it is false. Bituminous membranes are very sturdy, and they do not melt in warm weather. Bituminous membranes need a very high temperature to melt, and that cannot be provided by warm weather although they can get a bit soft. But, this does not impact their structural integrity.

What are glazed ceramic tiles?

Glazed ceramic tiles are those ceramic tiles that are covered by glaze. Glaze here is a covering of liquid glass. Glazing can be done over both ceramic as well as porcelain tiles. Glazing is essential because it makes them water-resistant and stain-resistant. In short,it makes it suitable for usage in wet areas.

What are mosaic tiles?

Mosaic tiles are small tiles that are of varied design, colour, and type, all combined to form a design. Their variety makes them suitable to fit any décor. They look lovely, and the designs you can form from them are only subject to the imagination. Also, sometimes they come laid on sheets. This makes them very easy to install.

What is a vitrified tile?

Vitrified tile is the one that has very very less water-absorption. It also gives a glossy finish and is scratch-resistant too. Vitrified tiles are usually made by mixing clay with feldspar, quartz, or other minerals.

What is a rectified tile?

A rectified tile is a tile that has undergone a unique ‘grinding’ process. This grinding process makes the edge of the tile smooth and even by grinding away the irregularities. When rectified tiles are tiled, they render a single tile/stone look. Because they require very less grout, thus, it creates a single panel look.

Which tiles can I use in my pool?

Many types of tiles are available in the market these days. Like, porcelain, ceramic, brick, mosaic, and various stone tiles. But which one you choose depends on your preferred colour, price range, size, etc. The texture is also a key factor.

Differentiate between porcelain and ceramic tiles?

There is a vast difference between ceramic and porcelain tiles. Their manufacturing process is different. Porcelain tiles are made to be more durable and sturdy. Also, porcelain isdenser, which makes it harder to lay. Finally, ceramic tiles owe their colour to the glazing on top. But porcelain tiles have designs that are spread throughout the tile.

How to add colours to my swimming pool?

An excellent solution to this problem is mosaic tiles. Mosaic tiles are small tiles that are a combination of different colours, types, and sizes put together. That is some tiles can be glass, some ceramic, some porcelain. All combined to craft a design. Mosaic tiles are so varied that they can help make any design and match any existing décor. Also, sometimes they come in sheets, which are easier to lay.

What are the advantages of putting glass tiles in a pool?

Glass tiles are small tiles that are usually dark coloured. This dark colour gives the pool depth and a very stylish look. They are made of recycled glass and are an eco-friendly tiling solution. Also, glass tiles are very robust and non-porous. Lastly, they are fit to be used in cold and hot swimming pools too.

What is the process of tiling swimming pool walls?

The first step is to check that the pool walls are contaminants free. There should be no dust, oil, or efflorescence. If the walls are pre-painted, then sand away all of it. If the surface to be tiled is a concrete shell, then wait for six weeks till it dries and then do primer over it. If the surface to be tiled is cementitious rendering, then let it dry for three weeks. Lastly, apply adhesive and add water-replacement to it.

Which type of tile is best suited for usage in shower walls?

Shower tiles need to be water-resistant while looking good. Stone and porcelain tiles are great options. While glazed ceramic tiles and glass tiles are also good options. But stone tiles like say quarry needs regular maintenance in the form of sealant application.

What do you mean by a tile adhesive?

A tile adhesive is a pre-mixed paste or a cement mixture that adheres the tile to the surface beneath. Many factors determine which one of the two versions will be used for the project. Like, type of tile (stone, porcelain, ceramic, etc.), area, and the substrate over which the tiling has to be done.

How does cement help the tile adhesive?

Cement bonds with sand in the presence of water. This bond extends into the substrate and the tiles above. Thus, this cement-sand bond sticks tiles to the substrate below. But, for excellent tiling longevity, the cement, sand, and water ratio must be perfect. Also, factors like humidity and temperature determine the bond quality of cement. If even one of these is not proper, tiling will not be proper.

What factors are responsible for good bond strength of the tile adhesive?

Many factors affect the bond strength of the tile adhesive. First and foremost, the quality of adhesive matters. Then the area in contact. Next, come the temperature and humidity of the surroundings. The area in contact is maximised by applying the adhesive with a twisting motion. Also, the surroundings should not be of low humidity and have a temperature below 35 Degree Celsius.

What happens to tile adhesive if there is low humidity?

In low humidity, water from the tile adhesive evaporates at a faster rate. But cement needs water to make strong bonds that can hold the tiles for long. Without water, the bonds formed are weaker, and this affects the tiling longevity.

What happens to tile adhesive if the temperature is high?

In high temperature, the cement and water’s reaction gets paced up. When the reaction occurs at a faster pace, the crystals formed are smaller. These crystals are responsible for bonding the cement with the tile and the substrate.Thus with smaller crystals, weaker bonds are made, and the longevity of tiling gets affected. The optimum temperature for tiling is below 35 Degree Celsius.

Is it possible to directly tile over a wooden floor?

The first step is to check that the existing wooden flooring is well braced at a maximum stretch of 300mm. Next, you need to sand the surface of any wax or polish, etc. Now, apply primer over the whole area. Finally, it’s time to apply adhesive and lay the tiles.

Is it possible to tile over the existing layer of tiles?

Firstly, check the current tiling is sturdy. That is, they cling correctly to the surface beneath. If not, then re-tile that tile or fill screed in that place. Let the repairs set. Now, acid-wash the surface and see to it that it is free of any oil, grease, etc. Later wash the surface with cold water to remove any residues of polish or grease. Now, it’s time to apply adhesive and laying tiling.

Why is a tile shower replacement a costly affair?

A tile shower replacement is costly. The primary reason is that it involves a lot of work from waterproofing to levelling to re-tiling. A lot of effort and material go in replacing a tile shower. Thus, it is best to do it right for the first time, and according to Australian Standards. It saves a lot of money and inconvenience.

Which type of grout is best suited for shower tiles?

Epoxy grout. Epoxy grout is the best type of grout for shower tiles. It is remarkably resilient. Also, it is very less absorbent. Thus, it stains very less too. Epoxy grout is excellent for applications like kitchens, bathrooms, and even heavy-duty applications like public toilets, hospitals, etc.

Our ceramic tiles theright choice for shower walls?

Ceramic tiles if glazed are an excellent choice for shower walls. Glazed ceramic tiles are sturdier than our antique cups and urns. They have enough water-resistance to be used in shower walls and other bathroom applications.

How to differentiate between a bathroom remodelling and renovation?

Remodelling and renovation are the same but just differ on the scale of work being undertaken. When it is a more uncomplicated makeover, like changing a sink or just re-tiling or merely playing with some decorative items, it is called a renovation. But if you do a more elaborate makeover, then it is called a renovation.

What is a bathroom renovation?

A bathroom renovation is changing the look of your bathroom by doing one or more of the following things. Like, changing the tiling of the bathroom, changing the fixtures like sinks, showerheads, bathtub, changing the setting of sinks and bathtub, etc. You can even play with the lighting as even that is a significant factor.

Is having a master plan of my bathroom renovation necessary before I start?

Well, it depends. If you are going for an ultra-luxurious look or a very extensive makeover of your bathroom, then it is better to have a plan set for your bathroom before commencing the work. Because that will help the final result look more consistent. But otherwise, if the work is not that extensive, you can always work as you progress.

Why should I choose Central Coast Tiling Pro?

Central Coast Tiling Pro is a respected and reputed firm of the city’s tiling industry. We have spent years doing tiling and waterproofing projects. And a few things we have learnt from our experience is in-depth knowledge of our field and to make healthy,sustainable relationships with our clients. We assure you that there will be no nasty surprises at any point in time. Also, we provide excellent workmanship with an eye to detail.