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  1. ashurst

    ashurst Active Member

    Location:
    london
    I purchased porcelain tiles that are 20cm x 120cm ( looks like wood planks). The builder told me they weren't perfectly flat. If you lay two side by side they are flat but as they are to resemble a wood floor effect they would be ar staggered intervals. It seems if you lay them looking like bricks the middle of the 120cm tile (at 60cm) would be around 1mm higher than the edge of the tile it is next to. Is this normal or not?

    There were by no way cheap tiles, they were around £70 a meter on sale from their original price of around £95 a meter. The tiles look amazing and the varying White washed oak grains and swirls vary on tiles and there are around ten different tiles so it does really look like wood.

    In effect the middle of the tile sits 1mm higher than the ends, so they are slightly bent.
     
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  2. jcrtiling

    jcrtiling Professional Tiler TTA Member Top Contributor

    Location:
    Salisbury
    It's not unheard of . Quite common with floor board tiles . Fixing them using something like the raimondi levelling system should help a lot .
     
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  3. Localtiler

    Localtiler Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    This is normal for tiles of that length, if the tiler uses a levelling system, (clips) this should help and bend them into shape basically.
     
  4. Localtiler

    Localtiler Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Check the boxes as some say you can't overlap the tiles by more than a certain amount to avoid the lippage
     
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  5. Chalker

    Chalker Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner

    Location:
    Tadcaster
    Hi
    An experienced tiler should be able to get over that by fitting the tiles with 1/3 or 1/4 bond
     
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  6. Brian the Tile

    Brian the Tile Professional Tiler

    Location:
    north wales
    I would fix them random with 3 or 4 mm joint,did a kitchen floor a couple of months ago, tiles from topps tiles looked great when down
     
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  7. Andy Allen

    Andy Allen Metro specialist & forum entertainer! Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Gloucester
    Laid these 3/4 bond to get over bowing issues..

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    Is the builder fitting the tiles or is he getting a fully qualified tiler in ?
     
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  8. Brian the Tile

    Brian the Tile Professional Tiler

    Location:
    north wales
    Looks nice
     
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  9. Bond

    Bond Top Contributor

    Location:
    Highland
    Laid these half bond, no problems. Have never used a levelling system,yet. Thou it may definitely help, with lippage.
     
  10. Bond

    Bond Top Contributor

    Location:
    Highland
    Problem uploading picture.
     
  11. Bond

    Bond Top Contributor

    Location:
    Highland
    At last. IMG_0113.JPG
     
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  12. jcrtiling

    jcrtiling Professional Tiler TTA Member Top Contributor

    Location:
    Salisbury
    Plumber is going to have his cut out trying to get a seal on that soil pipe
     
  13. Bond

    Bond Top Contributor

    Location:
    Highland
    Its an old property,circa 1900, and the soil pipe is lead into a cast iron stack, ( I'm sure he will manage with a multi quick adaptor and shed load of silicone). he,he,.;)
     
  14. GAZ5518

    GAZ5518 Tiler Extraordinaire Professional Tiler

    Location:
    EPSOM
    Normal:rolleyes:
     
  15. John Benton

    John Benton Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Leeds
    Look like Porcelanosa to me
     
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  16. Bond

    Bond Top Contributor

    Location:
    Highland
     
  17. Bond

    Bond Top Contributor

    Location:
    Highland
    My post with photo attachment 1896, is indeed porcelanosa plank tiles. OP was about lippage/bent tiles, one third and quarter bonding.Just highlighting that you can lay these type of tiles half bond, and not all plank tiles are bowed or bent, my first time laying plank tiles, had no issues with those used, and would have no problem in recommending them.:)
     
  18. macten

    macten Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Nottingham
    I can never understand why a customer who wants the look of a wooden floor with
    the durability of tiles would want them fixed 1/2 bond, 1/3 bond and with big grout joints. It just looks like a tiled floor then.
    Random with a 2mm joint looks far better imo. If they are really curved then the clips are a must.
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  19. Bond

    Bond Top Contributor

    Location:
    Highland
    Agree entirely, random with tight grout lines, (the way to go).
    The customer on the other hand , is always right, even ,when they are wrong!:D.
     
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  20. Doug Boardley

    Doug Boardley Trusted Advisor Former Staff Professional Tiler JOTM Winner

    Location:
    Kendal
    yep, totally agree, the cut that comes off the end of one row starts the next row, minimal wastage and totally random pattern ;)
     
  21. jcrtiling

    jcrtiling Professional Tiler TTA Member Top Contributor

    Location:
    Salisbury
    In theory but sometimes I set aside because it put the grout line to close to the last one .
     
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