Timber look tiles are so popular these days. The leading manufacturers in Europe are introducing new types and designs of timber look tiles very regularly, making the range to choose from bigger than ever before. Many of the leading manufacturers are introducing larger timber look tiles for a more natural and seamless look. But as far as the laying of timber look tiles is concerned, is there anything to keep in mind? Find below some important things to keep in mind when timber look tiles are installed.
As timber look tiles are longer than normal tiles, it’s absolutely critical that the ground is perfectly flat. Any imperfection on the floor will result in a more pronounced imperfection once the tiles are laid. All unlevelled concrete surfaces should be screeded prior to the installation.
Use the right glue
Larger tiles are more prone to expansion due to the temperature. Fortunately, most timber look tiles we import from European manufacturers are tested for heat expansion, so they are resistant to breaking due to the expansion. But it’s also important that you choose the right type of glue especially if your tiles are laid outdoors where they will be exposed to more temperature changes. The adhesive you choose should allow for some flexibility. We recommend Dustless Powder Mastic made by Davco. The product allows for some minor flexibility. It also has a long open time as well as is very easy to apply. If you are installing timber look tiles on a unique surface such as timber floor or walls, please seek further advice.
It’s normal to have some minute bows in most tiles and timber look tiles are no exception. For this reason, we recommend offsetting timber look tiles no more than 20 percent of the length of the tiles. For example, if the tiles are 900mm long, don’t lay the next tile with an offset bigger than 180mm. Similarly, if the tiles are 1200mm long, the next tile shouldn’t be laid with more than a 240mm offset.
The less grout joints you see, the more seamless the result will look. As most timber look tiles have rectified edges, you may have narrower joints than for traditional non-rectified tiles. The recommended minimum grout joint width is 2mm.
There are different things to consider depending on the circumstances of where the timber look tiles are laid. We recommend seeking advice from professional tile installers for the best results.