Wall and Floor Tiling Contractors London and Surrey
CMD Ceramics are one of the leading wall and floor tiling companies in London and Surrey. We provide residential and commercial tiling services to building contractors (large and small), shop fitting teams, insurance companies and business owners.
Our tilers are fully capable of carrying out small, medium and large scale projects to tight deadlines. We also understand that business's may need to remain open so we are happy to work out-of-hours when necessary.
All of our work is to the highest standard and we can install ANY tiles including large porcelains, all natural stones and mosaics.
As a tiling contractors we provide all the tiling services you would expect including removing existing tiles, leveling floors, crack prevention, mould prevention, waterproofing systems and electric underfloor heating installation.
We are fully committed to health and safety requirements and we are happy to provide risk assessments and method statements when necessary.
We also have full public liability insurance cover for commercial tiling projects too.
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At CMD Ceramics we regularly carry out commercial tiling projects and have recently completed the new Hugo Boss store in the Bentalls center in Kingston upon Thames. This involved a 200m2 floor that needed leveling then ditra matting and finally tiling which was all done at night when the shopping center was closed. We enjoy the shop fitting jobs and thrive under the pressure of the time scales involved.
Residential Tiling Company in London and Surrey
CMD Ceramics also carry out residential tiling projects and have recently completed a very nice new build house in Ashtead, Surrey. This included four high spec bathrooms using tiles from domus and porcelanosa and a very large heated floor using light grey wood look tiles. In total there was just under 300 m2 of tiling, plus a large amout of ditra to fit plus tanking to bathrooms.
Tanking and Waterproofing
Wet areas such as showers or around baths should be tanked with an appropriate waterproofing kit before tiling, which will seal any gaps and stop any water passing between the tiles and surface below. It is a waterproof membrane which is painted on to the surface and dries like rubber to fill gaps and provide a watertight seal, this protects the surface behind from water damage. Tanking also helps stop mold growth from behind.
Tiling directly onto plywood is not recommended as it shrinks and contracts between hot and cold cycles, it also absorbs water and rots when wet. We get lots of calls regarding cracked or loose tiles or grout which 99% of the time is down to tiling directly onto wood and this results in the floor needing to be ripped out and redone which can be expensive. The correct way to go over plywood is to use an uncoupling membrane which allows for a small degree of movement in the wood. We use both ditra matting or durabase and willrecommend them whenever necessary.
Before we begin tiling we need to make sure that the walls or floor is rigid enough and doesn't bounce or move. If it does, we need to strengthen it up and screw everything down tight. If your floor is currently floorboards they need to be lined with cement board to provide a rigid base suitable for tiling onto.If you have plywood on the floor then we need to install a decoupling membrane to counteract the expansion of the ply. The plastering of walls should be done to a very good standard leaving walls that are plumb, flat and straight.
Underfloor Heating and Thermostats
The main downside to tiled floors is that they are cold and uninviting. Nowadays we have electric underfloor heating which will add a touch of luxury to any tiled floor and is economical to run and coupled with a modern thermostat can even be controlled from your smart phone on the way home from work! Underfloor heating can be added anywhere you wish providing extra comfort throughout the home.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ'S)
1) Can you tile over existing tiles?
Yes you can but there are some things to consider first. A professional tiler will assess whether the walls are strong enough to support the extra weight and whether the existing tiling is well bonded to your walls or floor before agreeing to this method.
2) Why have my floor tiles or grout cracked or come loose?
This is a sign that the floor preparation was done incorrectly. Its something we see too regularly and can be avoided by using a reputable tiler. Floors need to be solid before any tiling can begin so make sure your floorboards are fixed down with screws, then a layer of cement board should be put over the floorboards and screwed every six inches in all directions. Next a decoupling membrane should be added to allow for expansion in the timber below. Then tiling can begin over the top. Remember if you can see it moving or hear it moving (creaking) its not suitable for tiling.
3) Which are the most hardwearing tiles?
Porcelain tiles are extremely hardwearing and are especially suitable for floor tiling. They have become the most popular choice over the last ten years or so. They are tough to cut and drill but any experienced tiler will have the correct tools to work with them comfortably.
4) Are tiles suitable for external tiling?
Yes but keep in mind that outside they will be subject to the weather so will need to be non slip. I would always recommend a high grade porcelain tile as they are very hard wearing and available in many non slip finishes.
5) Why does natural stone cost more than ceramic tiles to install?
Natural stone such as slate, marble, travertine and limestone need to be cut on a wet cutting machine rather than a standard score and snap tile cutter which is a lot more time consuming as well as needing to be done outside. They also need to be sealed before and after grouting which will add more time to the job.
6) Why do my tiles sound hollow when I tap them?
This is due to installer error, tiles should be fitted to a solid bed of adhesive only, it is not permitted to just dab a blob of adhesive onto the corners of the tile and press it onto the walls or floor. Your tiler should spread adhesive using a notched trowel to ensure even coverage below the surface.
7) When tiling onto heated screeds do I need a decoupling membrane such as Ditra or Durabase?
Yes absolutely, heated screeds should be turned on two weeks before tiling can commence to allow any cracks to appear. Heated screeds shrink and expand slightly during hot and cold cycles so you will definitely need to combat this with a decoupling membrane. These can add substantially to the cost of your tiling but are absolutely essential to this process.
8) How many tiles do I need?
Wall and floor tiling is generally measured in square meters (M2) one square meter covers an area 1 meter in length x 1 meter in width. If you are tiling a wall that is 2.4 meters high by 2 meters wide you should calculate it as 2.4 X 2 = 4.8m2 repeat this for each wall or floor you are tiling and add 15% to the total to allow for waste and off cuts. This will usually give you enough tiles to finish the job.
9) Can a broken tile be chopped out and replaced?
Yes absolutely, its fairly straight forward to break out a broken or chipped tile and replace it with a new one. First you will need a replacement tile which can be difficult if you don't have one left from the original job. Then you just need to carefully, using a hammer smash the broken tile and use an old chisel to remove the pieces being careful not to damage the good tiles surrounding it.
10) Can you tile directly onto floorboards?
No absolutely not, we see this a lot and is usually the result of a DIY project but you cannot tile straight onto floor boards. Some adhesive manufacturers confuse people by stating that their adhesive is suitable for tiling onto timber. What they actually mean is that it can be used to tile onto plywood which should be a minimum of 15mm thick and screwed every six inches in all directions.
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