T E C H N I C A L I N F O R M A T I O N
All you need to to know about using and laying our tiles
We supply the mosaics in easy to handle panels with a strong, flexible film facing rather than a mesh backing.
Our black and white tiles are the most popular but we have many other colours available. Visit our colour palette page to view the whole range.
Our mosaics are made in Europe using a dust pressing method from porcelain clays. These very durable, water/frost proof tiles are fine grained, matt and smooth surfaced with a PEI rating of 4.
The mosaics have square edges and are sheeted by us with narrow grout joints. Not to be confused with the far eastern mosaics with rounded edges, rough surface and wide grout joints - these tiles are also often mesh backed which means that not all of the mosaic makes contact with the cement when it is laid.
READY TO LAY MOSAIC PANELS
The sheeted mosaics are all made in our studio to order. The tiles are 5mm thick & many of the designs are sheeted as panels of 6 tiles x 6 tiles (30.5cm square) with a narrow 1 to 2mm grout joint. * Note that on some designs such Box & Star the grout joints between the smallest triangles may be minimal to zero. The rectangles & triangles are all hand cut.
The panels are faced with a clear flexible adhesive film. This allows for very easy handling and fast fixing:
strong yet easy to remove
keeps the face of the mosaics clean whilst being laid
allows for complete adhesion and a more complete bond into the tile adhesive.
enables the tiler to easily make adjustments to individual tiles whilst fitting
helps to protect corners of the mosaics before grouting
Triangles to finish the edges of the patterns are included in the square metre price. Narrow 1 to 2mm spacing between the tiles gives an authentic Victorian mosaic appearance. * Note that on some designs such Box & Star the grout joints between the smallest triangles may be minimal in this case the tiles will self grout with adhesive from the underside.
READY TO LAY BORDERS
Once the main pattern has been laid the border can be fitted. The border design is hand cut and sheeted by us in the workshop & supplied in rectangular sections for easy handling and rapid fixing.
Diamond and zig-zag borders include individual film faced corner sections in the price. These corner sections further speed up the laying of the border around the main pattern.
The outer black line border is supplied as whole 5cm x 5cm tiles and will usually need to be cut to the required width by your tiler. Inner border lines are supplied sheeted as 2.5cm x 5cm tiles. Additional single lines of border can be supplied as required.
TILE SIZE: 5cm (50mm) square and 5mm thick
PANEL SIZE: Chequer is sheeted as 30.5cm square panels with 10.75 panels per square metre.
** Please note that any designs or colour-ways of designs not shown on our website are tailor-made / personalised and we cannot accept returns. Please also ensure that you have found a tiler who is happy to lay this system of mosaic and is familiar with how it works. **
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