Guide To Floor Tiles

Floor tiles for heavy duty or commercial specialty applications can contain up to 100 percent post consumer rubber. They are made from used truck and airline tires. Floor tiles containing 90 to 100 percent recovered plastic are also readily available

Planning:
Always plan the design and layout on paper first, especially if you are going to mix shapes and designs. Take account of the fixtures and fittings in the room as the design will have to work alongside these features. Try to avoid patterned tiles at internal corners where they will have to be cut and the beauty of the design could be lost. Also try to avoid using a quarter or less of a tile on an end wall, as the small parts are very difficult to accurately cut without breaking the small end section.

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It is always wise to buy a few extra tiles, in case you crack or break a tile while cutting it to fit, or to keep as a spare in case of accidental damage in the future. Laying tiles on a floor is similar to the method for laying them on a wall. However due to their thickness, a floor tile cutter with angled jaws is required to cut the tiles, or hire a floor tile cutting tool.

Use a wooden stick and mark the length of tiles along its length and then use it as a tile gauge. Remember to allow spacing for grouting.

Laying the tiles:
Use a waterproof, floor tile adhesive which allows slight flexibility when set. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and using a notched or plain trowel, as directed, to spread the adhesive on the floor to cover a manageable area for laying approximately 10 tiles.

Use a layer of adhesive on the back of the tile and press into the desired position. It is very important to lay the first tile correctly, as its position will determine the position of all the other tiles in the room. Use a batten nailed to the floor to give a straight edge to guide the positioning of the tiles. Remember to use plastic spacers or thick card to regulate the distance between the tiles. These areas will be grouted when the floor is complete and must be equally spaced for neat, accurate results.