How to Choose the Right Type of Tile Fixings

Every homeowner needs the right type of tile fixings. Any kind of tile needs fixers and adhesives. It is not just mosaics or patterned tiles that individually contribute to a larger design that rely on fixers and adhesives. Also, it is not just the floor tiles that require fixings and adhesives. Tile fixings are quintessential for counter tops, back splashes, bathtubs and washbasins among others. Any type of wall tile or dado requires fixings or fixers and adhesives too.

• Tile fixings must be effective and durable. They should be reliable so you do not have to fix and re-fix the tiles time and again. Homes are a relatively easier challenge because the traffic is limited. Commercial buildings or public spaces are a daunting challenge due to footfall and possible vehicular traffic. There are many types of products used in the installation of tiles, including grouts, adhesives, sealers, additives, ancillaries and fixers among others. Every type of tile also demands a certain distinct approach. Ceramic tiles and mosaics made of another material cannot be treated in the same way. Natural stones have their own demands and so does hardwood or even plywood or tiles of re-engineered wood.

• Choose tile fixings on the basis of the material you have at hand. There are many cement and polymer based adhesives. These are waterproof and resistant to cracks. You can choose adhesives for nonskid or anti-skid tiles if that is your need. Glass tiles demand a different kind of adhesive. They often use only polymer and not cement. Plies require tile fixings that are in a completely different category. Tile fixings for installation on a concrete or cement floor are not suitable on hardwood floor.

• You must choose the fixings that are appropriate for a given room or setting. The fixings fit for indoor installation do not work outside and vice versa. You must understand the role of moisture and acknowledge it when you check the water resistance of adhesives and fixers. Some solutions are more resistant to gradual shifts and vibrations while a few may be quite ineffective at holding the entire installation or a part of it in place.

• All kinds of tile fixings require other agents to work in tandem for a desired durable effect. These additional components may or may not be hazardous. You should always ensure hazardous materials are not used. The fumes of chemicals in the materials can have adverse effects on your health.