If you’re looking for your next home improvement project to add a little modern chic to your home while improving the resale value, then consider refreshing your kitchen or bathroom
backsplash. We all know that subway tiles have been around before we can remember, but their versatility and unique design opportunities they present can greatly improve the aesthetics of your entire home.
Subway Tile Backsplash in the Kitchen
An entire kitchen’s look can change by simply altering the kitchen backsplash. A well-conceived kitchen backsplash using subway tiles that compliment or contrast with colours in your kitchen can make your kitchen more than just a place to cook, eat and clean. What subway tile should you use, well any actually.
If you’re not sure which subway tile to select, you should definitely visit the multi award winning Nerang Tiles showroom. Nerang Tiles has a range of different subway tiles on display in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes. From handmade subway tiles to rectified beveled edged subway tiles, you are sure to find the subway tile of your liking and the assistance you need at Nerang Tiles.
Grouting Subway Tiles
Grout is often overlooked and left to the tiler to decide on colour. This is the wrong way to approach grout colour choice and the brand you use. At Nerang Tiles, we recommend that all customers spend just as much time selecting their grout colour as they do their tile, well maybe not just as much time.
Just like a tile, grout comes in an abundance of different colours and the colour you choose can really effect the visual impact of your subway tiles. A colour match will make your backsplash look seamless by creating continuity of colour from tile to tile across the entire backsplash. While an alternative grout colour that frames the subway tile can highlight either the grout of the each individual subway tile itself. Remember that if you choose to use a lighter colour grout then dirt and grime may appear sooner. A darker colour grout will help keep the dirt off the radar and really accent the lines in your tiled backsplash.
In 2015, the kitchen as we knew it completely changed. Shelving opened up and everything went darker with cabinets going grey and metallic or dark stone accents replacing cottage style white and vanilla tiles. Come 2016 we can expect to see a major overhaul in a different room of the house, especially in terms of tile interior design – the bathroom. Everything will see a type of change or upgrade, from painted walls, cabinets, vanities to floor tiles and wall tiles.
So what is trending in local bathroom renovations and what are the most popular tiles being used in 2016?
Out With The Old: Coastal Cottage Style Whites and Vanilla Tiles
In With The New: Clean Contemporary Neutral Dark Colours
From what Nerang Tiles is seeing on the Gold Coast, most designers and DIY bathroom renovations are moving towards simplicity in a cleaner, more contemporary way. Gone are the intricate border tiles, florals and mosaics. New bathrooms aren’t losing their charm, they are just a lot cleaner and simpler. Take this Nerang Tiles bathroom renovation as an example. Only two tiles were used to upgrade and refresh this bathroom.
Out With The Old: White Paint
In With The New: Shades Of Grey
White is still a popular choice for tiles and vanities in the bathroom but there has been a real trend towards grey, especially cement look industrial imitation tiles. Whites are still present, as a contrasting colour, but the clean and dark tones of shades of grey are giving bathrooms a refreshed and modern chic look.
Out With The Old: White Subway Tile
In With The New: Sleek, Black Tiles
Normally reserved for kitchen splashbacks, black handmade rustic subway tiles are now making a move into the bathroom to compliment the trend of shades of grey in 2016. We are also seeing more and more feature walls introducing different colour grouts to frame or bring the floor tile colour up onto the wall.
To see the latest trends in tiling and bathroom design, visit the Nerang Tiles multi award winning showroom and receive a free professional interior design service with every purchase of tiles.
Reclaimed or weathered-looking wood is a perfect way to make a bold statement in any room. Scruffy, windswept and seriously rustic, this increasingly popular material has a unique patina that commercial stain and other finishing applications can’t match. It’s no wonder that many designers are driving this trend across the floor and up the wall.
Introducing 4010 , a series of porcelain tiles that is taking the wood look to a whole new weathered level simply by applying the aged appearance through digital imaging and ink-jet printing. Whether you are looking to highlight architectural elements of a home or to clad an entire restaurant, 4010 will provide the ultimate design element.
From rustic cabins to contemporary park avenue suites, the character and versatility of 4010 is unparalleled. Its distressed surface of cracked lines and natural imperfections meld beautifully with the ashen shade that offers whispers of rich blondes, cinnamons and browns.
Now available at Nerang Tiles in a 300 x 600 or 150 x 600 format.
Visit the Nerang Tiles multi award winning showroom on the Gold Coast to see the range and the largest timber tile range in Queensland.
Available in a honed or matt finish, the new dark grained marble porcelain tile is direct from Italian marble designers and factories.
Imitating the natural feel and look of real marble from the depths of the Italian Alps in norther Italy, these natural look marble porcelain tiles are sure to enhance the aesthetic design of your space, bringing with them a sense of luxury and dark atmosphere.
Just ask for the 6169 marble tile.
Characterized by intense veining, natural shades and refined aesthetics, for solutions featuring the tremendous graphic versatility and faithfully reproducing the details of the natural material.
Suitable for all indoor applications these marble porcelain tiles are available to be used as a floor tile or wall tiles in all areas of your home or commercial space.
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Now on display at the Nerang Tiles showroom on the Gold Coast. Ask for the 6169 range in store to see these incredible porcelain tiles.
Nerang Tiles is an award winning tile showroom with thousands of quality floor tiles and wall tiles on display at its Gold Coast tile showroom.
Nerang Tiles have been getting a few questions about efflorescence in tiles after the wet season. Who best to answer these questions than one of Australia's leading suppliers of post tile solutions for Sealers, Cleaners, Problem Solvers, Grout Colorant and Stone Restoration products.
Proudly stocked and available at Nerang Tiles, check out Aqua Mixe's great explanation and solution to efflorescence in tiles.
Aqua Mix Eff-Ex®Since the introduction of Aqua Mix® Eff-Ex® I have had numerous questions regarding the ability of this product to clean and inhibit efflorescence on cement mortars, grouts and renders. More importantly if it would be prudent to apply Aqua Mix® Eff-Ex® to a mortar bed or concrete slab prior to installing tile? The same question has been directed towards sealers and their effectiveness at preventing efflorescence. To answer this let’s have a quick revision regarding the mechanism of efflorescence and especially how it pertains to cement and mortar.A dictionary (Webster) definition of efflorescence is a white deposit appearing on the surface of stone or masonry formed by the crystallisation of soluble salts carried to the surface by the evaporation or drying of moisture. You need a source of soluble salt, water (as a catalyst) and heat or sun to dry or evaporate the moisture so the water can deposit the efflorescence on the surface. In past articles I have detailed many of the different sources of soluble salt including the stone itself however the biggest contributor in most cases is the cement or mortar used to install, support or grout the tile or stone.
Concrete or mortar can contribute efflorescence by way of it’s components as well as from a by product of the process of hydration or curing. If we look at the components first:
Cement:This is perhaps the biggest contributor to efflorescence in concrete; specifically it is the alkali content of portland cement. You can predict with reasonable accuracy the tendency of a mortar or concrete slab to show efflorescence by looking at a chemical analysis of the cement. Cements that are high in alkalis are more prone to produce efflorescence than those of lower alkali content. All cements contain some water soluble alkalis. Those common in mortar and concrete are sodium and potassium. (Note some commentators suspect that the sulphate content of cement may be as significant as the alkali content in contributing to efflorescence). American Standards recognise the contribution of alkalis in cement to efflorescence by providing provisions for specifying low-alkaline cements.
Lime:Lime is seen by some as a contributor to efflorescence although this is a contentious issue. As an additive it acts as a plasticiser as well as enhancing the bond between the mortar and tile or stone, in doing so increasing the water resistance of the installation and hence lowering the risk of efflorescence. It can also tend to dilute the deleterious effects of high alkali cement. However in certain conditions where acid has been used to clean the installation unbuffered hydrochloric acid can react with the lime to produce soluble calcium chloride which can migrate to surface forming efflorescence.
Sand:Sand is not water-soluble in itself however it may be contaminated with material that is soluble and can contribute to efflorescence. Sand should be taken from sources free of contamination from things such as soil runoff, plant life, salt water, and decomposed organic compounds. Using clean washed sand should eliminate sand as a contributor to efflorescence. Sand and specifically its particle size and distribution has a large bearing on the cured density, hence water resistance and ability to set off efflorescence.
Admixtures:I mention admixtures because these are often blamed as a contributor to an efflorescence problem generally through ignorance. Contemporary admixtures in general help to reduce the risk of efflorescence. Most modify the cement so that hydration is improved and controlled, resulting in a denser mortar and concrete which in turn absorbs less water. However I have come across several situations where calcium chloride was added as an accelerator to a mortar and was later analysed to be a contributor to the resulting efflorescence. However these are isolated and rare cases.
The second way cement can create efflorescence is from a by product of the process of hydration. Analysis of efflorescence on the surface of concrete and mortar indicates that the predominant salt is calcium carbonate which is not water soluble. During curing (hydration) and the formation of calcium hydrosilicates reasonable quantities of calcium hydroxide are emitted as a by product of the hydration process. Being soluble the calcium hydroxide dissolves in the excess water. During the drying phase this water, a calcium hydroxide solution, migrates to the surface where the water totally evaporates leaving the calcium hydroxide behind. Once on the surface the calcium hydroxide reacts with atmospheric carbon dioxide forming the insoluble carbonate, calcium carbonate. This type of efflorescence can occur over a long period of time. The catalyst for the initial efflorescence is the water used in the mortar or concrete. However subsequent water from rain etc can dissolve more calcium hydroxide further prolonging the reaction.
In summary efflorescence from mortar and concrete is caused by a combination of the components and from a by product of hydration. This means that in most cases a mortar bed or concrete slab has a reasonably high chance of forming its own efflorescence regardless of other possible sources of soluble salt. There are numerous ways of reducing this risk most of them directly related to the formulation of the mortar or concrete itself. The use of washed sand and admixtures (to reduce the quantity of water for hydration thus creating a denser mortar) as well as low alkaline cements are amongst the most common. However when confronted with a slab or mortar bed prior to tiling that was installed without your knowledge it is almost impossible to tell if these were constructed using any or all of these measures.
This brings us back to our original question regarding the use of products such as Aqua Mix® Eff-Ex® on mortar beds and concrete slabs prior to the installation of tile or stone. Are they worthwhile? The short answer in my opinion is YES. It is almost impossible (unless you were the architect and constructor of the mortar bed or slab) to verify how they were made or what precautionary elements were incorporated in them. Therefore the best response to an unidentified slab or mortar bed is to treat it as if it will contribute to the overall level of efflorescence. This means that you should consider implementing all or some of the following measures:
Credit: Scott Worthington
The question to seal or not to seal porcelain tiles is becoming one of the most asked question in the Nerang Tiles showroom. Customers are becoming more informed about different products and it all gets a bit confusing when you are deciding between natural stone, natural marble, natural timber or porcelain tiles.
We all know that natural products such as stone, marble and timber do require routine sealing but do porcelain tiles?
We couldn't answer it better than Scott Worthington from Aqua Mix via tiletoday.com.au. Check out his article below.
If you have any questions please give the experts at Nerang Tiles a call on 07 559 61 916.
Since the writing of this article it is important to note there have been significant advancements in the manufacturing process of porcelain tiles. The advancements have drastically improved the quality, durability and aesthetics of porcelain tiles.
Modern technological advancements in porcelain floor and wall tiles have made sealing almost all porcelain tiles unnecessary. The majority of porcelain tiles in the market are glazed. This means that they have less than 0.5% porosity and do not require sealing. In fact, only specialized sealers are suitable as most will not penetrate the glaze or be absorbed by the glazed porcelain tile.
For more information about the qualities and benefits of glazed porcelain tiles see here.
The question of sealing porcelain is fast becoming one of the most asked in the industry. To fully understand the answer one must know a little about the history and make up of porcelain tile.
What is Porcelain Tile?
Porcelain as we know it today was first pioneered in Italy by several notable companies. Porcelain is made from a more pure blend of high quality clay than used in “normal” ceramic production, utilizing predominantly china or porcelain clays. These have high silica content and result in materials that have all of the characteristics of silica itself once fired, namely low water absorption, high chemical resistance, high abrasion resistance, and good overall hardness.
The pioneers of this technology recognized this high performance and marketed it accordingly with porcelain becoming the benchmark. One of the most accessible technical features used by the marketers to highlight this high performance aspect was water absorption. The European standards (Tolerances ISO UNE EN ISO 10.545-3) set water absorption at less than 0.5%. In many cases the European manufacturers bettered this impressive standard with common water absorption being less than 0.1%.
So, with such low water absorption and with the clay being milled and spray dried to such small particle size distributions before pressing and then firing to over 1200 degrees Celsius, the resulting porcelain DID NOT NEED SEALING.
This should therefore be the end of the story. However it is not. There are now many types of porcelain, especially polished, that do absorb liquids and hence can benefit from sealing. Why is this so?
The reason for this change is simple. Today we have so many different kinds of porcelain, manufactured with different standards in different countries to meet varying pricing and performance demands. In contrast, originally a small select group working to a defined set of high performance standards manufactured all porcelains in Europe. By default it set the definition of “porcelain”. However this definition is no longer something that can be attributed to all products labeled porcelain. Consequently where in the past we recommended no sealing for “porcelain”, we now ask for more information about the particular porcelain before answering. The fact is that there are now many porcelains that have a rate of water absorption higher than the original standard thus requiring a sealer to perform properly. To ascertain if a porcelain will benefit from a sealer application do a simple water test. If after several minutes water is absorbed then the tile can stain and will benefit from sealing. In general it is the polished products that are the most applicable, especially some of the “honed” or satin materials that are being offered.
Which Sealers Work?
The unique composition of porcelain makes it a difficult product to seal. It has low water absorption and a very fine highly compressed crystal lattice making it difficult for many conventional sealers to bond. There are only two types of sealers that will successfully protect porcelain, Penetrating type products and also Floor Finishes.
Penetrating or Impregnators
These sealers cure and work below the surface of the tile. They typically leave the tile looking natural and have no adverse effect on the tiles coefficient of friction (slip resistance).
It is commonly thought that the most successful penetrating sealers for porcelain are solvent based rather than water. The rationale is the solvents have a smaller molecular structure than water making it easier for them to penetrate the dense porcelain surface. This is valid to a certain extent. However if the application technique of a premium water base product (such as Aqua Mix Sealers Choice) is modified to allow the sealer to dwell for longer than the resulting performance is superior to traditional solvent sealers.
With most sealer companies trying to enhance productivity and quality control it is however believed to be counterproductive to change the normal and recognized method of penetrating sealer application. Therefore companies such as Aqua Mix have developed specialised porcelain sealers.
These are at present solvent based as they allow high performance as well as no modification to traditional application techniques. These new generation solvent sealers are much improved compared to the traditional versions. Aqua Mix Pro Solv 10 for example is a water dispersible solvent. It is non-flammable, non-toxic and has very good vapor transmission. It will not yellow and can be safely applied in hot temperatures, as its flash point is very high. It is a premium sealer in that it offers high levels of stain resistance (especially against oils) and has a life expectancy of up to 10 years making it far superior to traditional solvents.
Polished porcelains hard, dense and often smooth surface makes the application of surface sealers almost impossible and is the reason why penetrating sealers, like Pro Solv 10 are the industry standard. However when a polished porcelain surface begins to scratch and wear, traditional restoration by way of wet polishing is in many cases not practical. This is where the application of a “synthetic polish” becomes a realistic alternative. However to get a surface coating to successfully bond to the porcelain surface, thermoplastic resins must be employed. Without this technology normal air cured coatings will not get sufficient mechanical bond.
An example of this technology is Aqua Mix StonEndure Sealer Finish. It utilizes state of the art thermoplastic resins that when buffed with a high-speed machine gains a high mechanical bond creating a durable sealer finish with a very high gloss, very close to the original. These types of products are designed to work in the same high traffic, high wear environments as the porcelain itself.
“My Porcelain Gets Dirty, therefore I need to Seal!”
This is a very common statement. However it is in many cases just not true. As I have mentioned above, the main reason for sealing porcelain is to stop it absorbing things that would eventually stain. However as these sealers are penetrating they do not offer any protection to the actual surface and it is surface soiling that this statement refers to in most cases.
Porcelain used to be all full body or homogeneous as it is often referred to. However there are many other techniques used today – glazed, roll feed, double charged to name a few. Moreover there are many different surface textures many of them created by the use of plastic dyes to press the tile body before firing. It is these textures that are more often than not the reason for the problems our statement refers to.
A common complaint is that when porcelain is used in a car showroom or garage, car tire marks are very easily transferred on to the tile, but not easily removed. The client then assumes that a sealer will remedy the problem. However in most cases it is the very fine surface texture, characteristic of most porcelain that is abrading the tire and lodging the rubber particles in the very small fine pores of the tile. It is a typical porcelain complaint. It is very often further complicated by the presence of small amounts of grout haze left on the tile surface after installation.
The solution to this problem is to clean and maintain the porcelain correctly rather than apply a sealer. Most porcelain cannot be maintained by wet mopping alone. The characteristic microscopic textured surface requires periodic cleaning with a heavy duty alkaline cleaner (for example Aqua Mix Heavy Duty Tile and Grout Cleaner) and an abrasive pad such as 3M’s Scotchbrite brand.
There is no doubt that the question of whether you do or do not need to seal porcelain is NOW a legitimate question. When porcelain was first created it was not. The only real questions then related to maintenance. However with the advent of different market requirements and the proliferation of porcelain manufacturers worldwide “porcelain” no longer can be defined by the same original technical and performance criteria. The name porcelain now encompasses a much wider range of performance characteristics and some of these can in no doubt be improved by the use of good sealers.
So the answer to the question “do I need to seal porcelain” is no longer a blanket NO!
The correct reply is “which type of product is your porcelain” and following some simple tests and discussion with your supplier, the answer should be revealed.
Source: Aqua Mix
An essential, versatile and original design surface in keeping with contemporary aesthetic models, the perfect choice for any design expression.
This stone look tile series designed to imitate the look of natural stone is purposely designed to set creativity free and to integrate into any space. Its versatility makes it ideal for floors and walls as well as for commercial and residential areas created to be welcoming and modern.
The stone series is made using the innovative inkjet digital printing system, making it possible to reproduce a variety of surfaces naturally which guarantees an extraordinarily attractive effect.
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Conceived for indoor and outdoor applications, thanks to a choice of two finishes and enhanced frost resistance and anti slip characteristics. This natural stone look series is a characterful choice for design schemes with a natural, comfortable flavour.
Now available at the Nerang Tiles multi award winning showroom on the Gold Coast.
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This marble look tile range imitates the natural colours and veining, deep shades and transparent cloud effects: the marble
With extraordinary elegance and a broad selection within the range, this Italian made marble range is the perfect solution for any indoor space, regardless of the destination of use.
New brushed black aluminium trims available now to order at Nerang Tiles.
Create the perfect industrial look or classy black and white design by finishing off the edges of your tiled areas using the new brushed black aluminium trims from DTA.
Nerang Tiles brings to you a tile that looks and feels like a brick but with the zero upkeep and easy laying of a tile.
This brick tile range is available in 3 different colours made possible by the latest technological advancements in inkjet tiling technology. Offering an excellent colour range, the sharp details and exceptional variation in each colour range of the brick tiles offer a tile that is stunningly realistic.
PEI measures a tile's durability and ability to withstand foot traffic, on a scale of 1-5. This tile, rated at 4 PEI, can withstand moderate to heavy traffic and is suitable for all residential and medium commercial floor and wall applications.
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Available in 3 different clours
Check out one of the latest Nerang Tiles client's bathrooms.
Using only a 600 x 600 Bluestone Grey and 300 x 600 Gloss White Rectified Tile, we were able to create a simply yet beautiful and modern bathroom on a budget.
Bringing the floor tile up on one bathroom wall, especially in either the shower or behind a beautiful stand alone bath tub, allows you to create a stunning feature wall without spending big money on an expensive mosaic or special feature tile. It also gives the bathroom a cleaner and consistent look.
What do you think?
Ask for the PRE047 and N3060R to get the same look for your new bathroom or for a bathroom refresher through a cost effective bathroom renovation.
Introducing two new stone look porcelain tiles crafted by the very best Italy has to offer.
Available in a 300 x 600 external non slip finish & 120 x 600 & 600 x 600 indoor finish, these evocative stone look porcelain tiles can meet the demands of any contemporary architecture or interior design projects.
These stone look porcelain tiles imitate the materials from which one can carefully choose one's own style and have the pleasure of finding the right solution for each area of the home. From a contemporary viewpoint we can rediscover atmospheres linked to tradition, allowing us to combine the uniqueness of the natural colour shades with the perfection of industrial technology. The many sizes, including large formats, are the ideal tool for dynamic, modern and creative architectural design.
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The Perfect Stone Look Floor Tile
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Timber tiles are one of the most popular emerging trends in interior design at the moment. Timber tiles capture the beauty of natural timber while combining the durability and ease of maintenance of a porcelain tile or ceramic tile.
If you are looking for timber tiles, Nerang Tiles has the largest range of timber tiles suitable for all areas in Queensland.
Think timber tiles will date, think again. Timber flooring has been around before ceramic tiles and are still used for interior and exterior flooring in homes today. The timber tile just provides a more durable, scratch resistant and easy to clean option while giving the same look and feel of natural timber flooring.
1. Colours and designs to suit all interior designs
With the introduction of ink-jet printing and 3D tile manufacturing processes, tile manufacturers are able to produce a wide range of beautiful timber tile colours and designs. Ranging from natural pine wood, black butt to washed, beached, rustic or burnt timber themed tiles in any colour or format.
Nerang Tiles has a wide range of timber look tiles, ranging from light to dark and modern to rustic designs while still maintaining the delicate variations and feel of natural timber.
2. Resistance to water and scratching
In comparison to natural timber and real timber floorboards, tiles are much more resistant to damage and wear and tear. As you know, natural timber is sensitive to water and easy to scratch, even being susceptible to colour loss and fading if natural timber is exposed to the sun. Timber tiles are made of ceramic and porcelain bodies which are extremely hard wearing. In addition to the porcelain body, timber tiles are also glazed to ensure that they do not absorb grime or water and prevent the tiles from being damaged by scratches or stains. Some timber tiles are made so durable that they are suitable for high traffic commercial use.
3. Easy tile maintenance
Timber tiles are extremely easy to maintain. Natural timber requires regular sealing or polishing to help maintain the timber’s health and natural beauty. Timber tiles on the other hand do not require any periodical sealing or special maintenance, just warm water and a mop should do.
4. Environmentally friendly
One of the great benefits of timber tiles over natural timber is that you are not cutting down our precious forests to produce your flooring. Timber tiles use natural clay to manufacturer the porcelain ceramic bodies. Most manufactures these days are also environmentally friendly, using only green products to manufacture the tiles. Ask Nerang Tiles for green products.
The Nerang Tiles showroom on the Gold Coast boasts the largest range of timber tiles in Queensland. Find timber tiles for suitable for your kitchen floor, bathroom wall or floor or even kitchen splash-back.
Need non slip tiles for your outdoor or pool area? Ask in store for non slip timber tiles.
Visit the Nerang Tiles Gold Coast showroom to see the timber tile range
What causes efflorescence?
Efflorescence is caused by water entering masonry. Water travels through the pores and dissolves inherent soluble salts. In concrete, the most abundant of those salts is what's known as 'free lime' which is surplus to the matrix of the concrete. Efflorescence from cement based materials is always the most abundant source, and the most stubborn to remove.
Efflorescence can also occur from inherent salts in clay materials such as bricks, again through water migration. This type of efflorescence is generally more limited, and can often be removed more easily. Surface applied sealers can help to control this type of efflorescence
How does Efflock prevent efflorescence?
Efflock creates a tiny molecular structure within the pores of concrete, which cures with the hydration of cement to form an ever-present water repellent function. Should any small amount of moisture be absorbed, Efflock allows the controlled release of moisture to permeate while preventing salts from migrating to the surface.
We want to use Efflock in our tiling job. How far does 1 litre go?
Using Efflock is at least 80% less than the cost of secondary membranes, and provides better protection. Efflock is designed for tile beds, cement-based tile adhesives and grouts, providing complete protection from all cement based sources of efflorescence.
Efflock is designed to dilute 100 times to use as gauging water in the tile bed*, adhesive and grout.
1 litre bottle = 101 litres of gauging water - (approx. 16m2, including 40mm tile bed, adhesive and grout)
5 litre bottle = 505 litres of gauging water - (approx. 80m2, including 40mm tile bed, adhesive and grout)
20 litre drum = 2020 litres of gauging water - (approx. 320m2, including 40mm tile bed, adhesive and grout)
How do I use Efflock?All you need is a 10 litre bucket and a 1 litre measuring jug. Add 100mls of Efflock to a bucket containing 10 litres of ordinary tap water. Efflock must be added to water first to ensure even distribution before it is combined with dry ingredients.
How long does Efflock take to cure?
Efflock cures with the hydration of the cement. Inclement weather should be avoided for 24 hours.
How long will Efflock's efflorescence and damp protection last?
When used as an additive, Efflock is considered permanent. Please ask about our product warranty.
Does Efflock affect the adhesion of other materials?
Applying Efflock does not change the appearance of any materials, and will not cause detrimental effect to the bond of subsequent adhesives or other coatings.
Does Efflock come in different sizes? 1 litre, 5 litre and 20 litre sizes are available. One litre of Efflock dilutes 100 times, so it is incredibly economical, convenient and safe to transport.
The maximum concentrate formula is deliberate, to minimise packaging which we encourage to be recycled.
Can Efflock remove efflorescence?
Efflock is designed specifically for prevention. We currently don't sell an efflorescence remover, but may introduce one in future. There is already a huge range of efflorescence cleaning products available on the market because of course, efflorescence has been a big problem for a long time.
Efflock products are now available at Nerang Tiles.
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New porcelain feature tile that imitate the look and feel of real lineal stacked stone in an urban environment. Suitable for all areas, this feature stone stacked in a lineal format can create a unique feature wall indoor or outdoors to bring the look of real stone into your household.
Available in one unique colour only in a 900 x 3300 format.
This new stacked stone feature tile is only available at Nerang Tiles. Visit the Nerang Tiles award winning showroom to see this incredible feature tile or call on 07 55 961 916 for more information.
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With the largest range in Queensland combined with the expertise of our staff, Nerang Tiles can help you achieve the design you are after using discounted quality tiles from around the world.
Introduce a blend of science and art into your home with our very new Italian designed travertine tile.
Available in a 600 x 600 or 600 x 900 in a matt or high gloss/polished finish, the N Trav is a breakthrough in the original Travertine tile scene which restores the natural texture features of natural travertine with delicate texturing and rich layering.
Only available at Nerang Tiles.
Floor tiles are in fashion at the moment and a popular choice when for covering all floor areas in a home. With so many benefits and with the help of new technology, such a huge range of colour, style, design and materials, it is easy to see why porcelain and ceramic tiles are the most popular method used for flooring.
At Nerang Tiles, we display and sometimes stock over five thousand different tiles which have over a million different styles, formats and colours. Sourced from around the world, Nerang Tiles boasts some of the most contemporary and some of the most traditional look tiles on the market – if you are considering and interior design, floor tiles are a great addition to any home.
The basics of floor tiles – ceramic and porcelain
Floor tiles go through an intense firing kiln manufacturing process, so they are design from the get go to be harder wearing than any other floor covering. This is just one benefit, other benefits include:
Floor tiles for easy cleaning
Porcelain and ceramic floor tiles are basically maintenance free, requiring only a vacuum or easy mop on a regular basis. Most porcelain and ceramic tiles will resist dirt, stains and liquids so they are easy to clean off using most off the shelf cleaning products.
Versatility of floor tiles
If you are renovating or building a new home, then choosing your flooring, whether it is for the kitchen, bathroom or entire house, is probably the most important factor. Tiles are the perfect choice. Tiles come in all shapes (hexagon, rectangle, square, round etc) and sizes (600 x 600, 600 x 300, 1800 x 900, 450 x 900, 10 x 10, 20 x 20 etc) as well as all colours and designs. Thanks to new tiling technology, tiles can now imitate the aesthetics of real marble, stone, timber, vinyl and many other natural products. This is great because natural products requires sealing, constant cleaning and can have large variations, were as tiles are basically maintenance free and can be digitally printed to be consistent in colour, texture and size.
A good investment for your home
Floor tiles are not only easy to maintain and aesthetically pleasing, but they also have great durability. Tiles last centuries, tiles laid down by ancient romans and in ancient cathedrals are still in place today … enough said right.
Wall tiles and floor tiles for every project
Nerang Tiles is a multi award winning showroom, acknowledged by the Australian Tile Council as the Best Showroom in a regional area for over 14 years running. If you are looking to build a new home, update your home or office with stylish wall tiles or floor tiles, please visit the Nerang Tiles showroom on the Gold Coast or give us a call on 07 5596 1916 for more information.
High bond strength, which makes sanitized colourgrout suitable to use on a wide range of tile types such as ceramic, vitrified, mosaic, terracotta, slate, quarry, porcelain, granite and marble.
Compatible to all Davco tile adhesive and waterproofing membranes.
Various applications used both internally and externally. Ideal for residential work and commercial work when combined with an additive. Suitable to use in swimming pools and other wet areas.
VO Content Test Certificate
Low VOC - Specifiction for Green Star Office Design V2 IEQ 13 and Green Star Office Interiors V1.1 IEQ 11
Available in 20 inspirational colours
Colours to compliment or match your tiles with ease. It can work to compliment the tiles or produce a subtle contrast to highlight the colours of the tiles.
Excellent Pot life
The mixed mortar remains useable in a container for up 40 min at 20 degrees, prolonging its usefulness therefore less wastage and saves you money.
Ntimber draws inspiration from natural wood, enhancing their rich nuances of colour and bringing out the varying shades in every single board. Your floor will look like natural timber planks. The overall effect is highly original, with the pronounced variations in shading typical of old wood, which only grows more beautiful with age.
#Interior Designer Tip: Use black grout with timber tiles to imitate the expansion joints used when laying real timber flooring.
The Ntimber collection brought to you and only available at Nerang Tiles is inspired by the latest trends in interior design which is increasingly valuing floors that imitate the natural world, especially the use of salvaged timber.
The Ntimber range is a porcelain tile. Porcelain is a type of ceramic material but it is heated to over 1,500 degrees Celsius, making porcelain more durable and less porous then other floor alternatives.
The Ntimber range is also rectified, which means that each tile is cut perfects to 150 x 600 mm in size. This makes tiling and designing easy because we have the confidence that each tile will be perfectly cut to size. It also allows for smaller grout joints when laid which reduces the amount of grout required and allows for a more seamless aesthetic.
Available in four different designs (Dark Grey, Light Grey, Pine and Black Butt), the warmth and intimacy of the design schemes with Ntimber endow spaces with the atmosphere traditional timber but with a contemporary seamless and maintenance free look.
The Ntimber collection offers the beauty of a wood look finish with the practicality and durability of porcelain tiles.
Visit the Nerang Tiles multi award winning showroom on the Gold Coast to see the range and take home free samples.
Call us now to book a FREE interior design consultation 07 55 961 916 or visit www.nerangtiles.com.au for more information.
All tile shops will sell a number of different types of tiles. The most common floor tiles and wall tiles are known as either a rectified tile or pressed edge or cushion edge tile. The difference between the two comes down to the manufacturing process and how the tiles are cut.
Rectified tiles are ceramic or porcelain tiles that have been precisely ground and machined to give them near-perfect straight edges and exact dimensions. These tiles provide a very clean, symmetrical look, and allow for extremely fine grout lines of 3mm or less.
Pressed edged tiles or cushion edged tiles are basically tiles cu to size by either hand or a form of machine biscuit tile cutter, similar to that of a pre-shaped biscuit cutter to make cookie dough.
The last few years we have seen some new floor tiles as a result of new technological advancements in tile manufacturing. One of them is the rectified or straight edge tile.
Initially, rectification was used to initiate the marble look and to achieve a small grout joint mainly in kitchens and bathrooms.
Rectified tiles are made differently than traditional tiles, they are normally a porcelain tile but with the edge cut straight at a 90 degree angle.
The pieces are cut perfectly with a side grinding process that removes the curved edge that traditional tiles have, adding in a perfect straight edge finish.
The uses of rectified tiles are many, but mainly they are used for spaces were a visual effect with no grout joints is desired.
Rectified tiles come in all textures, sizes, formats and finishes. Whether that be waves, smooth finishes, imitation slate and stone, timber or other aesthetic finishes.
Laying rectified tiles is a slower process than laying traditional edge tiles and may also cost more even though they are straight edge. Some customer choose to butt the tiles up against each other however it is advised to at least allow a 1-1.5 mm joint to prevent chipping which is recommended by almost every manufacturer.
If you are going to lay rectified tiles, we recommend you also use a levelling system to insure a level finishes free of lippage. Naturally there is an extra cost in using this system (approximately $1.5 sqm) however if you consider the true saving and compare the end result we can assure you that it is money well spent, as the time saved and the quality of the finished work will be superior.
In Summary, rectified tiles may take longer and be slightly more expensive to lay, however they aesthetic appeal of the smaller grout joints in conjunction with the use of a proper levelling system to ensure a perfect job, will far outweigh any cost. It will also allow you to better line up grout joints to create a seamless floor tile or wall tile design.