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We have prepared a simple guide; for all you need to know when it comes to buying tiles in Northern Ireland and don’t forget get if you need anymore information, just give us a call or come down to the shop!
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What do I need to know when starting to look for tiles?

The size of the area you are working with. All you need to do is bring us basic measurements and we can do the rest.

What is the surface you are working with (wood, concrete etc)? You can tile on nearly any surface but some preparation might be required.


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What things should I consider before tiling?

How bright and how much light is the room getting? This could dictate the finish of the tile best suited to your requirements.

If you’re matching to a colour, it is a good idea to bring a sample with you to match to the tiles in shop (counter top, units etc).


What tiles are for the floor and what tiles are for the wall?

Any floor tile can be used for floor or wall.

A tile that has only been defined as a wall tile can only be used as a wall tile.


What is the difference between porcelain and ceramic tiles?

A porcelain tile is more dense and made of more durable material than ceramic.


How much will a tiler cost me and do you have your own tilers?

Yes, we have our own highly recommended tile fitters and the average price per square meter is £16, however this can vary from job to job.


Can I tile directly onto plasterboard?

Yes, with suitable flexible adhesive and primer, available in store.

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Can I tile directly onto concrete ?

Yes, with standard adhesive and primer, however, if you have underfloor heating (available in store) then a flexible adhesive must be used, also available in store.

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Can I tile directly onto plywood?

Yes, no problem, with suitable flexible adhesive and primer, available in store.

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Can I tile directly onto floorboards?

Yes, no problem, with a suitable primer and an S2 polymer-based flexible adhesive, available in store.

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Can I tile directly onto brickwork?

Yes, with an acrylic primer and standard adhesive, available in store.

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Thanks for taking the time to read our FAQ, and if you have any more questions don’t hesitate to give us a call on

028 91225665 or come down to shop.


How to Upgrade Your Home with Wall and Floor Tiles

The look of your home is first dependent on the colours and designs that you have for your wall and floor.  If you want a classy and refined look, then you can consider using wall and floor tiles.  These create a different structure to the room, allowing it to develop an appealing and refined style.  When you are looking at tiles in Bangor Northern Ireland, you need to consider the specifics of how to begin.  The following is a guide on what you need to start changing the look of any section of your home.

Preparing To Look For Tiles

The first step to getting the tiles that you want is to know exactly what is needed in your room.  It is important to measure the size of your room in square feet or square meters.  This will determine how many tiles you will need, specifically by the style that is chosen.  To continue with your planning, you will want to define the surface for the wall and floor tiles.  The type of surface you have also changes the tiles that are available to you for refurbishing your home.


Style Preparations for Wall and Floor Tiles

The practical applications of tiles are followed with the interior decorating that you step into for the perfect look.  When you are looking at options with Belfast Northern Ireland styles, you will want to consider the contemporary or classic looks for a changing appearance of your room.  You will want to consider the colouring of the room, allowing you to find a match that makes the interior decorations stand out.  You can compare this to the lighting that is in each room.  If it does not receive as much light, then you may want to have a lighter finish to create an open appearance.  Defining the details of different schemes for tiles helps you to create perfect styles based on your personal preferences.


Refining Your List for Tile Preparations

Your plan for tiling a room is followed by specific applications for each room.  You will want to have the right equipment and plan to start on the new look that you are creating.  For instance, you will need tile fitters to lay out each of the wall and floor tiles while keeping a straight line within the room.  You will also need a level, specifically to keep the surface even while you are working with the tiles.  These differ by the square feet of your room and how much you will change within your home.  Adding in equipment preparations will offer a speedy process to change the overall look through the tiles that you choose.


Types of Tiles

After you have defined the style that you want for the room and have the preliminary equipment, such as levels, you will want to add in more to the style.  Most of the options for your home come with wall and floor tiles that are interchangeable.  However, there are some that have refined shapes and sizes that may only be for the wall.  You will want to define the difference before investing in your project.  There are also differences by the material that is associated with the tiles.  For instance, porcelain tiles are known for their shine and specific look.  They are dense and have a thicker material for the application of different areas.  You can also consider ceramic tiles for a thinner look that is more flexible.  Considering the porcelain or ceramic materials will depend on the room you are tiling as well as the styles that you are interested in for the room.


Applications for Wall and Floor Tiles

The surface area that you have with the tiles makes a difference in the placement of your project.  You will be able to place the different wall and floor tiles on plasterboard, concrete, plywood, floorboards and brickwork.  However, each will require additional materials for the placement.  For instance, adhesive and primer are required for all of the surface areas that you use.  Flexible adhesives may be required for concrete that has under floor heating and for plywood, specifically because of the texture used.  Floorboards may also require a S2 polymer based adhesive, specifically because of the texture of the porcelain and ceramic and how this merges with the materials you have on your floor.


Upgrade your standards of living in Bangor Northern Ireland with an additional look to your home.  By considering porcelain or ceramic tiles, you will easily be able to reshape any room to a personal and highly valued fit.  The different approaches to beginning your process of retiling allows you to enjoy the project as well as the outcome of the looks in your room for years to come.  Matching style, materials and basic details to start the process helps you to easily walk into the new look with your wall and floor tiles.


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Bangor, Co Down, Northern Ireland
BT19 7HJ
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