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A Guide To Bathroom Waterproofing Under Tiles

Tiling improves the artistic appeal of many rooms’ floors and walls. However, it is necessary to take precautions to prevent the tiles from deteriorating over time. This is especially in wet or moisture-prone areas like the bathroom. Water and moisture that seep into the wall or floor can increase the probability of molting. This can then damage the construction over time. Before tiling, both wall and floor substrate must be waterproofed.

It is advisable to consult an expert tiling contractor, such as the Itile bathrooms NT team, to evaluate the issue or damage to waterproofing tiles. They will be able to identify if the issue is similar to failed waterproofing or cracked grout. If the waterproofing system fails, it is recommended to remove the tiles and begin the waterproofing and tiling procedure over.

Is it possible to waterproof over the bathroom tile?

Definitely, the answer to that is yes. It is possible to waterproof and tile over existing tiles. However, the existing tiles must be in excellent condition and securely attached to the substrate. Ensure that the tiles are not cracked, loose, or hollow-sounding. Moreover, make sure that the current floor level allows a height increase, particularly near door entrances.

How does bathroom waterproofing work?

Waterproof the substrate with a waterproofing compound like Tradies Choice WPM, a Grey Class III fibre reinforced water based polyurethane membrane that has been designed for a range of waterproofing applications for under Tile.

Step 1: Priming

The substrate must be in good shape, clean, and dry. After checking the substrate use Tradies Choice WPM. This product is appropriate for wet areas, balconies, and deck areas that will be tiled and not left exposed. Outstanding adhesion to concrete, masonry, renders, internal cement sheeting, and plasterboard sheeting. Then apply Tradies Choice Master Primer, a fast-drying water-based acrylic primer, which should be used on rough, porous surfaces.

Step 2: Application

For waterproofing, use Tradies Choice WPM this is a fast drying two component waterproof membrane that is suitable for a wide range of waterproofing applications.

  • Tradies Choice WPM should be tested on a small section of tile and grout to assess any potential discoloration.
  • The application should begin at the top of the structure and work its way down. Tradies Choice WPM should be carefully applied under tiles and grout. Finish by installing the bathroom base. Tradies Choice WPM should be properly applied to every surface.
  • Give at least 15 minutes for its first application to take effect before repeating the procedure throughout the entire area.
  • Require at least 15 minutes for the second application to penetrate before wiping away any excess on the tile surface with a dry cloth.
  • Allow Tradies Choice WPM to dry for 24 hours before showering.

Step 3: Drying Time

After the second application, let the Tradies Choice WPM to dry for at least 15 minutes before polishing off the surface with a clean soft cloth. Allow at least 24 hours before using it.

Guaranteed Bathroom Workmanship

Waterproofing over old tiles is a specialised job. We do not recommend to have it as a DIY project. To have the advantage of a guarantee, we highly recommend hiring Itile Bathrooms’ professional team.

We have over 20 years of tiling and waterproofing expertise and have been serving Darwin, Palmerston, and Humpty Doo. Itile Bathrooms NT is a licensed tiler and waterproofer of walls and floors.

Our team can handle full bathroom renovations, including tile demolition, waterproofing, tiling, and plumbing, as well as remedial waterproofing. You can be confident that our years of experience will meet all of your remedial waterproofing needs, including leaky balconies, showers, and tile-free bathrooms. Contact us today and let us know how we can help you.

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The Pros and Cons of Ceramic Floor Tile

Ceramic tiles, as we all know, are made of clay and are commonly used in bathrooms, kitchens, and other areas where there is a lot of moisture. This type of tile is resistant to water damage. But like with other materials, there are advantages and disadvantages of opting for ceramic floor tile.

Are Ceramic Tiles as Good as a Waterproof Material?


Ceramic tiles can be considered “as good as” waterproof in many ways. If you splash water on tiles, the water will land on the surface and remain in a puddle until you wipe it up. Meaning, you won’t have to worry about a large amount of water being absorbed, as well as stains or other issues in the kitchen. Ceramic tiles, for the most part, can be treated as if they were waterproof.

Ceramic Tile Issues


While ceramic tile is durable enough to withstand everyday spills and drip, it is slightly porous. This property prevents it from chipping, cracking, or breaking while also allowing some water to enter. Though normally not a problem, the porous nature of ceramic can be a problem during the colder months if the water freezes. The ice has the potential to break the tile. This type of issue requires an immediate solution for countries with cold weather, such as Australia.

Mold and mildew are another potential issue. If the water seeps all the way through, it can sit behind the tiles, slowly degrading the adhesive and causing them to come away from the walls. Similarly, moisture can create a dark and moist environment that mold spores thrive in. This can result in a musty odor as well as health problems caused by mold inhalation. And because tiles are cold, moisture is more likely to accumulate on them. This is due to the fact that water droplets in the air condense once they attach themselves to the wall, causing it to become moldy.

Other problems can arise if water gets behind tiles. For example, it can seep down and get behind your bath. If you have a bathroom upstairs on the top floor, this can even result in a leak through the ceiling.

Is it still safe to use ceramic tiles?


The answer is yes. In fact, when compared to other materials, ceramic tiles have numerous advantages. These benefits include their technical performance, safety, environmental friendliness, and ease of maintenance. You just need to think carefully about how you use ceramic tiles. There is no reason not to enjoy the beautiful appearance and numerous practical benefits of ceramic tiles. Just make sure you take proper care of them and don’t assume they’re waterproof!

Also, if you want to ensure that the ceramic tile installation is done correctly, hire iTileNT. We have been in business for over 20 years. You can always rely on us to deliver the best results possible. Please contact us right away for a quote.

 

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Top Questions & Answers on Tiling & Waterproofing

Even before the pandemic, more people are becoming enthusiasts of home repair and renovations. Who doesn’t want a comfy, well-built, and repair-free home? Among the top projects when it comes to home building or repair is tiling and waterproofing.

Our team gathered the common questions being asked about this subject. Through our collective years of expertise in the industry, we will provide you with the best answers possible.

Will waterproofing and tiling take long to do?

It will all depend on several factors, which include your budget, the number of people for the job, and their expertise.

On average, it should only take about a week to complete waterproofing and tile installation. But you should be aware that there are waiting times involved to complete the entire waterproofing process and setting of tiles.

Who are the experts for this project?

There are myriads of tutorials on the Internet today about basically everything. And that includes waterproofing and tiling. However, like with most home projects, one cannot rely on the Internet.

To get the best results and return on your budget, hire only the qualified tradespeople to do the job. These include:

Builders. They are mostly a complete package. They know what to do and how to do it best.
Licensed waterproofers. “Licensed” is important so you know that they went through comprehensive training.
Tilers. They are the master of their craft. You can be sure that your home tiles are appropriately installed.

Can I opt out waterproofing?

A big no. Whether in residential, commercial, or any other spaces, there will always be wet areas. This is why you can’t remove waterproofing in your checklist when it comes to construction or repair.

If you don’t want to have your structural timbers rot easily from the water leaking into the floor and walls, include waterproofing. Moreover, you surely don’t want to spend terribly for repairs that could have been prevented early on. No wet areas in any property should be left non-waterproofed.

Is there DIY waterproofing?

Of course there is and as we said earlier, tutorials abound on the Internet. But, we don’t recommend it.

In Queensland and New South Wales, you can have DIY waterproofing only if you are licensed to do the job. Not all states and territories require a license to handle waterproofing. However, the person you will hire to do it needs to present a written assurance that the work is fully compliant of the Australian Standard A 3740-2010 – ‘Waterproofing of domestic wet areas’.

Apart from all these, DIY should still be approved by a building inspector. Also, it may affect your insurance or warranty claims later on.

The requirements are strict because in Australia, poor waterproofing has brought huge damages to many properties in the past. You need to make sure that the right people are doing this job so you can prevent any serious damage and unwanted repair costs in the future.

How is waterproofing done?

Waterproofing here in Australia normally starts with applying a liquid rubber membrane on areas where water is present. This is an approach to seal the area against any water seepage.

With the use of “neutral cure” silicon, the first areas to be sealed are the edges and corners. A ‘polyfab’ bandage or polyester fabric is also applied to create a ‘bond breaker’.

The bond breaker is flexible and it aids in decoupling the waterproofing membrane at joins. This way, any small movements on the area will not destroy the membrane. It is also needed around penetrations through the waterproofing membrane, like tap outlets and drains.

Normally, the waterproofing membrane is applied under the edges of the bandage. This is to ensure that it is deeply submerged and appropriately adhered to the wall or floor. After which, using a roller, the membrane is painted on the walls and floors. Two coats are used: the second coat is rolled at right angles to the first coat. 

Which areas require waterproofing?

Every space where there’s a water outlet needs waterproofing. Basically, these are:

  • Bath area
  • Bathroom
  • Laundry area
  • Shower stall
  • Kitchen wet area
  • Taps, drains, etc.

The materials used in the area to be waterproofed will determine how high and wide the walls and floors will need to be waterproofed. For instance, in shower recesses, the normal waterproofing height is 1800mm. To determine how far the waterproofing membrane needs to extend on the wall and floor are based on these factors:

  • Shower stall size
  • Shower stall enclosure structure
  • Used of pre-moulded base

Same thing with the materials used on the bathroom floor, it will determine the requirements for waterproofing in this area. If a fibre cement floor is already in use, the concrete floors may be able to offer some sort of water resistance. However, if the floor is made up of timber-based materials like plywood or particleboard, full waterproofing is required.

How are tiles installed?

Tiling is made after the installation of waterproofing membrane. The mortar bed or screed for the shower needs to be installed first before tiles are put up.

These are the general stages of tiling process:

  • Selection of tiles – Different designs may be used on floor and walls. But you need to consider their slip resistance.
  • Tile pattern – Careful planning is needed on where the first tiles will be installed, and how they will be aligned with the floor and wall joints.
  • Tile cutting – They need to fit on the areas where it will be applied.
  • Application of thin set mortar or tile adhesive
  • Allowance for the setting of tiles
  • Removal of spacers between tiles
  • Application of grout on gaps
  • Clean up of remaining grout and debris
  • Waiting for grout setting

Tiling and Waterproofing Experts in Darwin

If you are in Darwin and you need tiling and waterproofing works, iTileNT is your best service provider.

We have more than 20 years of experience in tiling and waterproofing and have been serving the areas of Darwin, Palmerston, and Humpty Doo. iTileNT is a licensed wall and floor tiler and waterproofers.

Our team is more than capable of full bathroom renovations, from tile demolition, waterproofing, tiling, plumbing, to remedial waterproofing. You can be assured that our years of expertise can cover all your need for remedial waterproofing, including leaky balcony and shower and tile free bathrooms.

iTileNT also offers Clear Slip Resistant Coating to make any surface slip-resistant while retaining its appearance.

Call our friendly staff today and get a free quote:

+61 400729303
info@itilent.com.au
15 Wulagi Crescent, Darwin NT 0812 

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Should You Consider Terrazzo Tile in Your Flooring?

With different designs and properties in the market, choosing the perfect tiles for your home may come as a challenge. But this one particular type of tile flooring never loses its charm in the tiles market.

Terrazzo is a composite building material that is used for flooring, walls, countertops, or any custom products. Its consistent popularity is attributed to its overall versatility and durability. From corporate buildings to bathrooms or bedrooms, terrazzo is always among the best choices.

What’s in the Tile?

This trendy Italian terrazzo tile is composed of granite, quartz, marble, shell, or glass chips and many other compatible materials. To perfectly bind the materials together, a cement or epoxy matrix is used.

Terrazo tile has metal strips that create defined sections, transition of interesting colors, decorative patterns, and allows crack mitigation. Meanwhile, its divider strips are formed from aluminum (using epoxy terrazzo only), plastic, zinc, or brass.

Benefits of Terrazo Flooring

  • Provides a touch sophistication and aesthetics to any interiors
  • Uses recycled materials so it is guaranteed to support environmental protection
  • Wide variety of color and design
  • Easy to clean that only a sweep and mop is enough
  • Suitable to any home areas, both indoor and outdoor
  • Can be used with underfloor heating
  • Ultra durable that it can last to about 75 to 100 years 
  • Water-, stain-, mold-, and microbe-resistant

Drawbacks of Terrazo Tile

  • Relatively expensive compared with other flooring options in the market
  • Prone to cracking, which may be difficult to repair, if not installed properly
  • Maintenance requirements may be some sort of a challenge
  • On cold winter months, the flooring material may feel cold and hard

Historical Background

Terrazo’s history can be traced in Italy where marble was the primary choice of building material more than 500 years ago. Back then, Venetian workers used scrap fragments of marble they collected from their high-end projects. They used them to improve their own homes.

It is also believed that terrazzo is related to the seminato (seed) technique. In this approach, workers would throw huge chunks of marble chips into wet cement, which is set for grounding and polishing afterward.  This is where the generic form of the tile originated.

Though the popular belief is that Venetian invented terrazzo, archaeological evidences presented that such flooring has long been used in Turkey about 10,000 years ago.

Give it a Try

There’s a different sense of contentment when all your home renovation ideas come to life. If this is a project that you have already saved up for, you can consider using terrazzo tiles or your own tile of choice. When you do, opt for the professional and experts in tile installation in Darwin so you can be sure of a quality service.

This is where we come in at iTileNT. Send us an email or call us at +61 0400 729 303, 8:00AM to 5:00PM.


Sources:

https://terrazzco.com/what-is-terrazzo/
https://floorcritics.com/terrazzo-floor/

 

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Your Basic Guide to Designing a Stunning En-suite Bathroom

We all know that bathrooms are essential to our homes. However, the luxury of having a bathroom inside your bedroom goes beyond convenience. It’s a sign of majestic proportions. Although you don’t need to scramble into another area for a bathroom break en-suite bathrooms are tricky to design and transform.

To get you started, here are our top tips and tricks to make your en-suite bathroom, not only a room of function but a work of art.

Streamline Sanitary Ware

En-suite bathrooms can be small to fit only the necessities or a grand space for the ultimate bathroom experience. However, if you want to maximize the interconnection of your en-suite bathroom to your bedroom, you can consider streamlining the sanitary ware. Going for this option maximizes the space and suits the overall look of your bedroom.

Try a Doorless Frame

Most en-suite bathrooms have a door that separates it from the bedroom. But, if you want to flourish continuity between these rooms, you can try a doorless frame. If you don’t like the idea of someone peeking in while you shower, you can have a shower area with an installed shower screen. For those who want to try a new trend, complementing a shower screen with a black tapware is perfect for a black and white motif.

Install Interesting Designs of Tiles

Homeowners who have the money for tiling can try to install creative tiles in their walls. For example, awkward spaces in your en-suite can be highlighted with a stunning design of tiles for a splash of creativity.

Go for Glass Partitions

If going doorless is too much for you and installing a door seem dull, how about opting for the majestic glass partitions? Glass partitions will bring the aesthetic of your en-suite bathroom to the next level. Imagine walking up to the en-suite bathroom and seeing a glimpse of everything inside and basking yourself in the silhouette of the glass.

Accessorize With Purpose

Since your en-suite bathroom is an extension of your bedroom, it would only be a perfect fit to accessorize it with complementing pieces such as vanity decorations and more. However, since most en-suite bathrooms aren’t spacious, it is best to keep your accessories at a minimum and only have those that are useful for your experience.

An en-suite bathroom is like a water sanctuary inside your home’s tranquil space. Make the most of it by following our tips above and experimenting with your style.

This article was first published here.

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The Unspoken Advantages of Dark Concrete Matte Finish

Much like the skin, your flooring is the most significant area of your residential, industrial, or commercial space. Since it occupies a big space in a home, it is only a given that a homeowner considers every decision before settling in a final look, feel, and quality.

One of the many rising flooring trends that are taking the world right now is the dark concrete matte finish. People commonly see glossy finished-floors but seldom a matte one. For this guide, we’re going to talk about the underappreciated beauty of the Dark Concrete Matte Finish on your homes, offices, and more.

Unique Visual Appeal

Yes, there’s something about glossy floor finish that we cannot deny. But, if you want the subtleness yet elegant visual feat of flooring beyond compare, matte finish is something you need to consider.

The Dark Concrete Matte Finish offers an old yet earthy feel to your floor. Not to mention the fact that if you want to embrace the trend of modern flooring schemes, going for the Dark Concrete Matte Finish elevates your floor game up the notch.

Low Maintenance and Minimal Imperfections

Let’s face it. A glossy floor calls out attention much more significant than a room will ever be. Because of this, guests, visitors, clients, and family members visiting your house will either awe in amazement or immediately gasp in disbelief because of floor stains and smudges.

Glossy floor finish requires twice as much cleaning and upkeep than Dark Concrete Matte Finish. Maintenance for the concrete matte finish is lesser compared to glossy floors. So, if you have someone or family members in your house that tends to run or pace around (we’re talking about little kids and pets), opting for the matte finish is a more practical choice.

Durable and Long-Lasting

Going for the Dark Concrete Matte Finish allows you to give your floor a fighting chance against ugly skid marks, shoe stains, and the eventual wear and tear because of foot traffic. Since most glossy floors lose their shine because of the wear and tear, you can expect your matte finish-floor to last longer.

Final Notes

As you explore more creative and stunning applications of the Dark Concrete Matte Finish for your floors, always keep in mind to assess what your home needs and the budget you have. If you can’t make up your mind because of the variety of choices, these two bases will be your tiebreaker.

Don’t forget to consult with an expert service provider to know more about the multiple pros and cons to make an objective decision.

This article was originally published at ItileNT’s blog section.