All tiles, surfaces and murals should be laid out prior to installation to prepare you for look & feel(mood) spacing and fit. DO NOT commence installation without unpacking and laying out all the tiles and if necessary on a template – TAKE YOUR TIME – read the documentation if included – plan the installation – think twice work once.
Because our tile is hand-crafted, the time you take for prep and placement will greatly impact the finished result. We suggest meticulously planning your layout, pre-sorting the tiles by size, shape, texture and color variation, and strategically blending.
And remember, zero tile installations look good before grouting! Grout is the glue that pulls the entire installation together — make sure you choose the right color.
Size & Length Variation
Our tile shrinks about 12% in the production process. The “about” means it’s not an exact science and variation in length and distortion can occur. You can expect variation, especially on longer tiles.Planning for some variation is the key to a beautiful installation. Pre-sort your tile by color and size so you can distribute the range of variation throughout the installation.
Lengthwise Bowing & Surface Undulation
Clay is an elastic material. If you force an elastic material into a mold or extrude it, it will attempt to regain its original shape as it moves through the production process. For this reason, you can expect your tile to have what we deem to be an acceptable amount of lengthwise bowing or lateral distortion especially in our longer shapes.
Surface undulation can occur in our tile for the same reason that bowing occurs. Undulation can be anything from a slightly raised corner or edge to undulation across the entire surface. First, look at the positive. Surface undulation gives the light more surface area to play on, which means your installation becomes even more incredible (even with all-white tile). To get a level surface, use a deeper comb of thinset so you've got room to set certain tiles deeper than others.
Unpack and mix the tiles within a drawn template of the walls on the floor or on top of trestle and wooden decking boards. If you have received any diagrams from us - please view and study it.
The tiles will have varying grout spaces – the aim is 5mm as the average over the total distance. Do the tiling of back walls first and the sidewalls last.
The laying of handmade tiles will take longer.
Due to inherent characteristics of handcrafted ceramic products, certain tolerances as to size, colour and shade variations are normal. PLACE AND POSITION TILES BY EYE AND DO NOT RELY ON SPACERS FOR CORRECT POSITIONING.
Cutting of tiles:
It is important to note that a fixed bed tile cutter with a diamond blade and continuous water will deliver the best results!
The tiles will have varying grout spaces – the aim is 5mm as the average over the total distance.
Cut strips approximately 2cm wide x 2cm long from hard corrugated carton or plastic of varying thickness and use these as spacers to assist in aligning tiles. The thickness of the cardboard/plastic will be the width of the grout. I suggest cutting spacers from different thickness of cardboard.
VEELVLAK Signature Surfaces are all high fired stoneware products and therefor adhesive specified for vitrified ceramics and/or porcelain will be required.
Adding sealers to grout is advisable.
Due to all our tiles being vitrified no sealers will be required. However, the unglazed but vitrified parts can be sealed with for example TFC Invincible Porcelain Sealer. This will not change the colour.
INSTALLATION TIPS - For our porcelain & stoneware handmade, pressed, hand-cut, extruded, moulded and/or hand manipulated tile surfaces:
Main Characteristics that may be applicable to your order:
Tile Size: Approximate(view your image and read description)
Thickness: Approximate(view your image and read description)
Shape: Square, rectangular, relief, 3D, shaped, etc.and reasonably precise (view your image and read description)
Cutting: A fixed bed tile cutter with continuous water on the blade has to be used when cutting the tiles.
Installation in pools:
Use a reputable and experienced pool contractor.