It is important to speak with your tiler about evenly distributing tiles so you benefit from the variation and shades. Some tiles have a number of patterns that are randomly selected for your order. Please note that different finishes for example natural, polished and anti-slip will also have shade variations.
Porcelain tiles are a type of ceramic with a very low absorbency. Due to the high firing temperature and high density they are very hard wearing. All our Porcelains are “rectified”. This means there is little variation to size with each batch – there could however be a difference between different batches – another reason to ensure you order enough tiles for your project in one go.
It is advisable to also avoid mixing sizes of these tiles across the same flat surface, however choosing for example a 60 x 60 tile for your floor and the same décor in a 30 x 30 for your walls can work very well.
When choosing your tiles as well as size, colour and finish it is important to consider slip ratings. Depending on the area you are tiling, it can be important to use the correct anti slip grade, for example wet room floors that will be covered in water will require a higher slip rating than tiles in a dry area.
Most tiles have a slip rating beginning with an R. R stands for “ramp test” and is for “shod foot” and shows the degree of slip resistance a tile has. There is also an ABC rating for bare feet. The R scale runs from R9 to R13 where R9 is slippery when wet and R12 the least slippery.
As an example R9 and R10 values are often specified for domestic kitchens and bathrooms as well as hallways and living rooms whereas R13 is the resistance recommended by most professionals for public wet areas for example showers in a changing room and pool surrounds.
R9 <0.2 COF: These tiles should only be used in dry areas and are not suitable for wet areas. They are fine for most domestic internal applications ie kitchens, living areas, hallways etc and can be used in a bathroom however a bath mat (or towel) is essential to step on to from the bath or shower.
R10 >0.2 COF<0.4 COF: Besides domestic bathrooms, where the use of a bathmat is essential, they may be considered for other domestic dry areas such as kitchens, living areas, hallways, etc.
R11 + R12 >0.4 COF<0.7 COF: If a tile has this CoF as a minimum, dry and wet, it may be regarded as safe for installations including wet rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, porches, halls, cloakrooms, and living rooms. These tiles are also suitable for external situations if porcelain.
R13 >0.7 COF:
These tiles are suitable for all commercial and residential project both internally and externally. These anti slip tiles will typically be used for pool surrounds or public showers and changing rooms.
If you would like any further information please call the Tilehaus Team on 01536 514800 or use our live chat facility.
Availability & Storage
Most of our ranges are available within 2-4 weeks and sometimes sooner. However, there are occasions that products require a longer lead time. Our team will discuss availability with you when you are placing your order. Because we appreciate that projects can be delayed and things may change we are able to store your order so it is ready for call off at a time that suits you.
Ordering the right quantity?
Please note, because variations can occur in size and shade between batches, please ensure you order enough tiles for your project in one go and also allow for wastage. We recommend ordering your required quantity plus at least 10% for smaller tiles and for large format such as 120 x 60, 90 x 90 and larger at least 20%.
How will my delivery be made?
Our delivery service is chargeable and based on the weight and size of your order along with your chosen delivery location. Orders are on pallets for safe distribution and delivered on a large lorry. When you place your order we will ask you to advise us of any restricted access details and it is really important we receive this information eg gravel driveways, steep entrances, very uneven paving so there are no complications or delays to your delivery. The driver will offload and place your tiles either on your drive or at the kerbside so the nearest, safely accessible point to your property.
Please ensure a responsible person is present to accept and sign for the goods as well as safely store your order. Our pallets are shrinkwrapped but we still recommend products are moved undercover as soon as possible.
The goods must be checked on delivery and any shortages, damages or discrepancies noted on the delivery note and reported with the time period specified on our Terms and Conditions.
Our specialist large format slabs may be delivered in a large crate or on a wooden A Frame and we use a specialist vehicle so will liaise with you directly to arrange this.
What do I do if my order arrives damaged?
The general condition of your order should be inspected and any obvious damage itemised on the delivery note. Please ensure that the outer packaging is carefully opened so that inspection of the material can be made. Please do not sign as “unchecked” as this may invalidate any future claims.
Please notify us of any issues as soon as possible and within your relevant timescale, (see Terms and Conditions). With the majority of orders, we will supply additional materials over and above quantities purchased – details of this are stated on your paperwork. Minor edge chipping and slight imperfections are normal and often tiles that are slightly damaged can be used in cuts. We advise that you order a 10% allowance above and beyond your actual requirements to allow for potential cuts and wastage.
How should I unpack my order?
The shrink-wrap should be carefully cut open ensuring that you do not damage any of the packaged products and all ancillary items should be stored in dry conditions & not allowed to freeze. Any supporting wooden braces should be gently levered apart and banding should only be cut once the products are fully supported to avoid unnecessary breakage.
Tiles should always be stacked and stored vertically (on edge) but not on a hard surface as this can cause edge chipping. Any present protective film or spacers should be kept between the faces of the tiles. This will help to avoid scratching when moving goods. Stone tiles are often packed wet and do not dry out until they are unpacked, therefore some of your stone may appear darker in shade until thoroughly dry.