As floor covering specialists, we are often asked a number of questions on a recurring basis. We thought it would be a good idea to share these questions, which are very pertinent, with you, along with their answers. In order to facilitate your floor covering projects or simply to help you better understand them, here are the most frequently asked questions.
Usually not. Ceramics have dye lots so there are variations in color between each lot. When buying ceramic tiles, it is important to make sure that the boxes come from the same batch so as to minimize color differences throughout (whether it is a backsplash, floor or shower). This is one of the reasons why it is preferable to always buy more than you need to have tiles available for future needs (for example, a repair following a broken tile). In addition, the ceramic industry is changing rapidly. It It is better to buy more than the exact quantity.
Porcelain is a dense product, so it can be difficult to cut it in such a way that some cuts may have to be repeated more than once. For this reason, it is important to always have extra tiles on hand so you never run out. In addition, as mentioned earlier, it is also important to make sure that all the tiles come from the same batch to avoid a difference in color. For example, you could buy your tiles and return to the same store a week later and unfortunately not find the same batch of tiles. How to make sure you have enough tiles? The calculation is simple. Just add 10 to 15% to the surface you need to cover. This extra amount will cover the losses and you will have an unused quantity (to keep) for future needs. Note that this percentage may vary depending on the style of installation you want (some installations require more cuts, therefore a higher loss). It is best to confirm the loss to be included with your installer. He is in the best position to tell you how much extra you need.
The minimum required is 1/16 inch. This spacing is often used when installing backsplashes or when installing rectified tiles. The decision on joint size is purely an aesthetic choice that varies according to individual taste. The standard is 1/8 inch and the maximum is ½ inch and is frequently used to create a rustic look (like mortar with brick).
There is no predetermined answer to this question. The size is often dictated by trends in the ceramic industry. For a while, small size tiles (3x6, 4x4) were in vogue while now the trend is towards large size tiles (24x24, 12x24, 6x36). Moreover, despite the beliefs, large format tiles can be installed on the wall as well as on the floor. It is simply the method of installation that differs depending on the size of the tile. You can decide to install a ceramic tile of the size that suits you. There is no limit to your desires.
This thought is a pure myth. The installation of large tiles must be done according to the standards in order to avoid potential breakage following the installation. Any installation done according to the standards should not generate any claim.
Since the bathroom is an area prone to water splashes, the ideal type of tile is porcelain. It is dense, non-porous and absorbs very little water. It is also easy to maintain and clean.
It is indeed possible to install a new tile over an existing tile. It should be noted that some preparation is required before installing the new tile. First, a light sanding is required and then the dust must be removed to ensure a better adhesion to the new tile. A primer can also ensure a better adhesion.
The equipment needed for any ceramic project is relatively simple. You will need a water saw to cut the ceramic, and/or a tile cutter and/or a diamond saw for finishing. You will also need a boiler and a cement hand mixer to mix cement-glue, grout and spacers (spacers or leveling system). Be aware, however, that this type of equipment is often provided by the installer.
To make sure you have the right finishing moulding, you must know the thickness of your ceramic (including the cement glue). It is this thickness that will dictate the moulding to choose. For example, a 3/8'' thick ceramic will require a ½'' moulding. To avoid choosing the wrong moulding, ask your installer. He will be able to show you the right choice.
There is no one right answer to this question. The type of membrane depends on the type of floor covering you will be installing and the location of the installation.
The 2MM membrane is a thin membrane that prevents noise caused by friction between the substrate and the floor covering. It is mainly used for floors on the ground and second floors.
The vapour barrier membrane is a membrane used in basements to cut off vapour from the concrete slab, as its name suggests. It can also be used as a soundproofing membrane, it can act as a moisture barrier and since it is made of felt, it provides more comfort.
Made of recycled rubber, the 6MM membrane is used for double glue-down matting applications (i.e., gluing the membrane to the substrate and then gluing the mat to the membrane). It acts as a base for the installation substrate.
The 7lbs membrane is used for stretched carpeting because of its composition which is impossible to glue. Like the 6MM membrane, it acts as a base for the installation substrate.
It is possible to install floating and vinyl on the wall, but you must use the right glue for this type of installation. Ask your floor covering retailer for more information; he will be able to direct you to the right glue. In addition, for this type of installation, it is important to ensure that the wall is straight so that the strips adhere well to the installation surface.
Unlike ceramics, the soft lining product can be found more easily. Be aware, however, that the shelf life of a product is approximately one year, so it can sometimes be difficult to find the same product since it may be discontinued.
The required spacing varies according to the thickness of the product, for example, a board that is 8mm thick will require an equivalent space between the wall and the beginning of the installation. To make sure you leave the right space between the wall and your floor, ask a specialist. He will tell you how much space is needed.
This belief is unfounded since the quality of a laminate floor (floating floor) is determined by its wear resistance. To achieve this, standards have been established and classify the level of wear resistance by a classification code, AC. The higher the AC level, the better the quality of the floating floor. Generally, a suitable floating floor for homes is an AC3, which is resistant to normal traffic levels. For commercial use, laminates rated AC4 to AC6 are ideal.
There is no wood species less good than another. Determining which species to use depends on your needs and what you are looking for. Each species has its own characteristics and corresponds to different needs.