Ceramic tiles add an element of class and individuality to any self build. Whether built for profit, raising the standard of decor and adding that deal making "wow" factor at the upper end of the market, or as an individual home and placing a stamp on your property.
With the vast range of ceramic tiles available some are sculpted and cast, while others are forged from a mould. Tiles individually painted or dipped in glaze are often finished with metallic or ceramic glazes.
Handmade ceramic tiles are often heavily fired, meaning that standard tile cutters may not be up to the job. Hiring a diamond wheel cutter or compact tile saws for around £20 a day is money well spent.
With more and more self builders seeking individuality through the use of tiles companies can supply a pack of pre-painted mural tiles. Variegated tiles are achieved with two or more colours reacting with each other, creating a two-tone appearance.
Adhesives and Grouting
Most grouts and adhesives can be used for fixing and grouting, but some manufacturers suggest tile cement. There is also a range of grouts to suit the application - waterproof, suitable for indoor or outdoor use, swimming pools etc. Fast setting adhesives have their pros and cons - on one hand they will set faster meaning less chance that they may slip. But should you have positioned a tile incorrectly you may discover it has set before you fix it.
Inconsistencies in the shape and size of hand made tiles should be allowed for with a 3mm gap between each tile.