Ceramic Tiles

The section below provides an information resource covering the care, use and installation of ceramic tiles. From manufacturering methods and tolerances to terminology and commonly encountered  issues, you’ll find  the answers to your questions in the articles below.

How to Cut Holes in Porcelain and Ceramic Tiles

For the drilling of Porcelain, Ceramic, Terracotta, Masonry and Natural Stone such as Granite and Marble, you’ll need to employ Tornado Dry Cut Drill Bits and Holes Saws, distributed in Australia by DTA Australia. Available in sizes from 6mm up to 110mm – Check out the instructional videos below and always remember to use the... View Article

How to Cut Glass and Aluminium Blended Mosaic Tiles?

View the video provided courtesy of Vulcano Tiles, showing the method for cutting Glass and Aluminium blended mosaics. Firstly clamp a piece of timber along the line that you intend to cut to act as a guide, then using a fast spinning Carborundum blade, move the angle grinder itself slowly across the surface of the... View Article

Cleaning, Care & Maintenance of Ceramic Tiles

GENERAL CLEANING We recommend the use of ‘Miracle’ proprietary tile cleaners as these are specifically formulated for the task. General purpose detergents and other household cleaning products may leave residues that build up and trap dirt and may also contain harmful chemicals that could damage ceramic tiles and natural stone products. Slip resistant finishes can... View Article

General Guide to Ceramic Tiles and Tile Installation

REGULATIONS All tiles must be laid in accordance with the Australian Building Code and the appropriate Australian Standards. The Australian Standards cover the selection and Installation of Ceramic Tiles in two parts:AS3958.1    Guide to the Installation of Ceramic Tiles AS3958.2    Guide to the Selection of Ceramic Tiles A tiled surface is part of a “Building... View Article

Manufacturing Tolerances for Ceramic Tiles

Ceramic Tiles are generally manufactured to conform to the European Agreed Standard, of which the English language version is BS-6431 or the newer ISO/DIS 10545. Both specifications use the water absorption characteristic to define product type, as water absorption is a commonly related item for all tiles, whether wall, floor,  pressed, extruded, glazed or unglazed.... View Article

Installation of Large Format & Rectified Tiles

INSTALLING LARGE FORMAT CERAMIC TILES Modern manufacturing techniques have allowed the production of large format porcelain tiles with a high degree of accuracy in size and shape. This has enabled tiles to very effectively mimic the appearance of other materials such as large stone slabs and timber planks. Such products provide the benefits of porcelain... View Article