Monday, December 10, 2012

Should Tiles be installed with Spacers or Without

Tile Spacers
Please guide, should tiles be installed with spacers or without?

jk replied on Saturday, December 8, 2012 12:28 PM PST

The beauty of tile work lays in space out tiles But these days with out space looks even better. This all depend on the quality of tiles it selves. If you have quality tiles 100% right angle and level(flat) it is easier to lay with out spacing otherwise spacing is must to control the corners of bulge and to make 90 degree.

In both case high class workforce is must otherwise not your work but tiles may get ruined.

Hussain Kaisrani replied on Saturday, December 8, 2012 12:44 PM PST

The manufacturer's manual suggests that a spacer is required as this helps in fixing of tiles properly. As jk said, it is also required if the 'line and length' of tiles is not correct.

I have specially checked this issue wherever I went to European countries. They always keep significant space in between the tiles.

Our tile technicians in Pakistan suggest not to keep a space for the reason that this SPACE will become BLACK and gives the impression of dirtiness. I also agree with this logic. But if KATCHI tile is being used then it must have a spacer which will help to keep it intact.

JUJ replied on Saturday, December 8, 2012 12:57 PM PST

Thanks jk sb and kaisrani sb,
I was advised that spacers are must, else tile can break apart or even 'explode out'. I know it sounds funny but this what I heard from a big shop tile seller.

jk replied on Saturday, December 8, 2012 01:54 PM PST

Make a square / rectangular of each room to suit exact number of tiles without spacer. Provide a 6 to 8 inch border of your choice with good space (10mm) on both sides to this border.

Fix the tile outside of border with same style as in side the border but with gape close to walls. These gaps will be covered with wall skirting. The margin out side of the border should not be more the one OR less then half tile being used.
Courtesy: LRE

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