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How many tiles you will need may be worked out by simply dividing the wall area that you want to tile by pack size (coverage).
HEIGHT OF AREA x WIDTH OF AREA = NUMBER OF SQUARE METRES
SQUARE METRES ÷ PACK COVERAGE = HOW MUCH YOU NEED
(Add 10% for cutting waste)
Due to the nature of the manufacturing process of all tiles, there may be slight colour and size variations between production batches. It is essential you check the codes on the packaging when you buy your tiles to ensure you have selected all from the same batch.
Natural stone tiles are all slightly different and it is perfectly normal to find a variance of colours, markings, thickness and textures. This is a natural feature of these types of material and means that every room is unique.
Your starting point is important to establish a balanced design and allows for manageable cuts. For example, if you are tiling a complete wall, allow for a similar size of cut tile in each corner as well as considering features such as windows - these should be centred in the design.
The layout of your tiles will affect the finished look enormously so it is worth some thought ahead of buying your tiles. You can stagger joins, or set tiles diagonally for a diamond-effect pattern, or use inlay designs for a strong pattern. Whichever you choose, tiles are laid in the same way; just adjust the start position accordingly.
Due to the nature of the manufacturing process, in some cases there can be a very slight 'bow' along the length of larger tiles (60cm or larger). If you are considering laying your tiles in an off-set "brick" pattern it is best to stagger the tile by only a third or less rather than by staggering by half a tile. This will minimise the effect of the bowing on the finished look.
Do not plan to leave small slivers at corners as they are difficult to cut. The closer a cut is to a half tile, the easier it is to make.
If you are starting at ground level, you cannot guarantee the floor is level. Attach a level batten and work from this to achieve a balanced design. When tiling off a bath or shower tray rim, check first that the edges are level, but these are normally suitable potential starting points for tile rows.
When you measure the dimensions of a design, remember to allow for grout gaps. For wall tiling, these are normally 2-3mm.
Plastered wall surfaces will support tile weights up to around 20Kg/ sq.m. Therefore, rendered or cement board wall surfaces, which support tile weights of around 40Kg/sq.m, are more suitable for large (heavy) format tiles. Adhesive weight must also be included in your square metre calculations.