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What are the signs of a leaking bathroom?

A few signs can tell you that your bathroom may be leaking firstly if there is staining at the base of your bathroom door. Also, mould growth and chipping paint at the back of your bathroom walls, which means the side of your bathroom wall that is part of your bedroom. Similarly, the ceilings need to be checked for the same if the bathroom is on the upper floors.

What is the meaning of waterproofing?

Waterproofing refers to a whole process where we perform various steps to cover the surface with a waterproofing membrane. This is done to avoid moisture build-up and leakage. Otherwise, water may seep into tiles and cause structural damage. It is done in all the wet areas.

What is the process of waterproofing?

Waterproofing is done in various steps. Firstly, clean the surface of any grease, dust, fungi, or anything else. Once clean, apply primer over the whole surface. Now, apply bond breaker in all the areas like internal corners, joints, etc. Lastly apply two coats of waterproofing membrane, at 90 Degrees from each other. This membrane can be applied with a roller or brush. You are done now!

What is a primer?

A primer is a liquid that is used for surface preparation. It can be used for preparing surfaces for waterproofing and tiling. It’s another benefit that it improves the adhesive’s function. Primer is usually made up of polyurethane, latex, or epoxy.

Is the primer application necessary?

Definitely yes! Primer application is a necessary step. Without it, you can void the warranty of your product. The primer must and can be applied to all types of substrates. But, it is not applied on waterproofing membranes as these membranes are non-absorbent.

What effect does high temperature have over primer?

Primers are indeed affected by high temperature as the contents may get evaporated before they do their work, i.e. controlling porosity and trapping contaminants.

What is liquid rubber waterproofing?

Liquid rubber is a waterproofing solution. Liquid rubber is sprayed or painted over the surface. It can adhere to any surface like cement, tiles, wood, brick, fibreglass, most PVC, etc. Any surface that is not too smooth or oil-based.

How to do the surface preparation for liquid rubber application?

The liquid rubber application is straightforward. For this, you just need to take care that the surface does not have any oils, varnishes, flaky substance, dust, or any glossy paint, etc. Once the surface is free of all contaminants, liquid rubber can be applied with the help of roller, spray gun, or brush.

How would you describe bituminous waterproofing membranes?

These are reinforced or non-reinforced, polymer-modified bitumen membranes. These bituminous membranes are an excellent waterproofing solution.

Do bituminous membranes melt in warm weather?

No, it is not possible. Bitumen melts at very high temperature. And warm weather cannot provide that. Maximum, these membranes can become a bit soft. But even that does not affect its structural integrity. So, they are entirely safe.

What are some of the application of bituminous membranes?

Bituminous membranes are very versatile. They can be used in various projects like water tanks, pools, highways, multi-level car park, concrete roofs and structures, etc. Some other applications are balconies, outer walls, etc.

What is efflorescence?

Efflorescence is a white flaky substance that appears on concrete walls and tiles. It happens due to the presence of calcium hydroxide in all types of cement. This surfaces from grouts or walls. When this calcium hydroxide reacts with carbon dioxide present around, it becomes this flaky white efflorescence.

How to control efflorescence?

Efflorescence is a natural process, and it will occur to some extent. But it can be somewhat controlled. For this, you can make use of a low efflorescence grout and an adhesive that dries faster. Once tiles are laid, try not to use much water for the cleaning purpose. In a nutshell, when less water goes inside, lesser efflorescence surfaces.

What are glazed ceramic tiles?

Glazed ceramic tiles are tiles that are covered with a glaze that is a layer of liquid glass. This layer of liquid glass is done over most ceramic and porcelain tiles. Glazing gives the tiles their colour and makes them water-resistant and stain-resistant.

What are mosaic tiles?

When many small tiles are set to make a pattern or a design, then these tiles are called mosaic tiles. These tiles can be of one type or a combination of many. Like glass, porcelain, ceramic, stone, etc. These are sometimes set on a sheet. This makes laying them easier. The designs to be made are subject to only imagination and can match any décor.

What are the various tile options available in the market?

Ceramic and porcelain are the most traditionally used of the lot. But there are many more like glass, mosaic, cement, and stone (marble, cobblestone, travertine, etc.). But some newer options these days are of resin, rubber, and metaltiles.

What is a rectified tile?

Rectified tiles are those tiles that undergo a unique process of ‘grinding’. The grinding process includes smoothening and rectifying the edges of the tiles so that they are even and less irregular—this evenness results in lesser grout being required. And the finished look of rectified tiles creates an illusion of a single stone or tile usage.

Can I use ceramic tiles in my swimming pool?

Many ceramic tiles can be used in bathrooms but using them in the pools is not advisable because even a hairline crack in the glaze can cause significant damage to your pool tiling. Water will seep into the tiling. Thus, impervious or vitreous tiles must be used for pools.

What points should I keep in mind while choosing tiles for my pools?

The first consideration is the size of the tile. It should not be more than 100mm. But 20mm to 50mm is the most preferred one. Next is the colour. You can use blue, which is most popular or white for an aqua tone. You can also use black or charcoal colour for a modern and classy look too.

Which one should I choose for my pool deck? Travertine or Limestone?

Travertine and limestone both look great. But there are some differences like limestone has a more solid colour than travertine. Also, travertine is smooth and limestone rougher, thus grip factor is there. Also, limestone provides lesser glare and also absorbs lesser water. But travertine does not get that hot as limestone. So the final choice is yours.

How is tiling done for swimming pool walls?

The first step is to check that the surface is clean of oil, efflorescence, dust, etc. Then, if your surface is painted, and all of it correctly. If the surface is a concrete shell, then let the shell dry for six weeks. Make sure you apply primer before tiling. And if the surface is cementitious rendering, then let it dry for three weeks. Also, the use of water replacement in adhesives because the pool is a heavy-duty application.

Which tile type is best for a bathroom?

Porcelain Tiles, Glass Tiles, and Stone Tiles arebest suited for bathrooms. All of these tiles look great and absorb very little water.

Is placing tiles inside the fireplace a good idea?

Porcelain tiles are very heat resistant, but even they can resist temperatures upto 80 Degree Celsius. Thus, you definitely cannot use them for the firebox, where the fire kindles. But using them in the hearth and the surrounding place is a great idea. Tiles are sure to make your fireplace look great.

What is the process of laying tiles?

Laying tiles is a simple process but involves many steps. First is surface preparation. In this, we waterproof the surface (if required) and do levelling. Next, we apply adhesive and make grooves in it. Because they help tiles stick better. Next step is to lay the tiles. But do remember to insert spacers in between the tiles. Once laid, remove the spacers and perform grouting. Now, if required, apply sealant. And you are done with your tiling!

What is an additive?

Additives are added to adhesive or grout for enhancing performance. Different additives offer different benefits. Depending on which one you are choosing, the additive can increase bond strength and flexural strength. It can also increase resistance to water, stains, and even chemical reaction.

How much time should I wait before tiling over screed?

Screed is cement. Thus it needs proper curing time which is 28 days in the case of the screed. Tiling should wait till then. Because cement shrinks when curing. If tiling is done before full curing time, then it can lead to a tiling failure.

What is grouting?

Grout is filled between the tiles to accommodate the tile movement. Traditionally it is made up of sand, cement, and water. But there are many types of grout with different benefits like unsanded grout, epoxy grout, etc.

What is an epoxy grout?

Epoxy grout is known for its resilience. It is not made up of sand and cement rather epoxy hardener and resin.Owing to this resilience, it is used in places of rough usage like hospitals, public toilets, restaurants, etc. Another feature is it is very less water-absorbent. Also, it stains less.

Why shouldn’t we use cement instead of grout?

Cement is hard and cannot accommodate tile movements. Whereas grout is softer and can help accommodate these movements. If not handled properly, these can lead to tiling failures. Another issue while grouting is that extra adhesive should be removed. As the adhesive is also hard as it is made up of cement.

How is grouting done?

Grouting is simple. For this, first, remove the excess adhesive. As if the adhesive is not removed, it can cause a tiling failure. After doing this, apply grout with a rubber squeegee. Now, wait for 1 to 2 hours, until the grout is dry. After it is dry, wipe the extra grout with a non-wet, but still damp sponge.

What can be the cause of my leaking shower?

If you find that your shower is leaking, then possibly there is a small hole in the tile grout. You need to check the grout thoroughly before and after it is wet. Even a little bit of missing grout can cause big problems. When found, push epoxy grout in the gaping through a toothpick and you are done solving your problem.

Can I re-tile my tile shower over the existing tiles?

Yes, you can re-tile over the existing tiles of your tile shower as long as certain conditions are fulfilled. The existing tiling should be free of any mould or any other contaminants. Also, the surface should be stable and free of any cracks. The existing tiles should be free of any warping also. If all of these conditions are fulfilled, then re-tiling is possible.

Can I cover old shower tiles with paint?

Yes, you can cover old tiles with paint. Use epoxy paint. It is best for such purposes. But lots ofcare should be taken not to cover grout with the paint. To avoid doing this, cover grout linings with masking tape. Once you finish painting, remove the tape. Enjoy the fresh look!

Can I use ceramic tiles in a tile shower?

The ceramic tiles are suitable for use as shower tiles. They are more resilient than our antique urns. Their longevity makes them suitable for usage as floor tiles as well as for shower frame.

What can you change in a bathroom renovation?

There are many things you can do to give your bathroom a fresh look. Or else, you can also go for a change in fixtures like bathtub, showerheads, and sinks. For a more cost-effective renovation, you can change the setting of the bathtub and sinks. Another option is to play with the lighting. Even that plays a significant role.

Why should I choose GoldCoast Tiling Pro?

Gold Coast Tiling Pro is a respected and reputed entity of the Gold Coast tiling industry.We have long been in this business of tiling and waterproofing. And we also havea lot of pride with the fact that we have in-depth knowledge of our field. Also, dealing with us will be a memorable experience, and you will leave a happy customer. Our many happy customers also testify our excellent workmanship and eye to detail.