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    Default Tips on laying wood-look tiles

    Hey all early next week Ill be laying wood look tiles for the fir st time.
    The tiles Im laying are pictured here Trimview Ceramics / Products
    urban cenzia, the grey ones.
    They are 900mm long x 160mm wide

    Is there any "normal" way of tiling them, as in do you have the tile repeat in pattern every 2 tiles (start each tile 450mm from the edge of the one ahead of it)

    Do you do it in thirds (300mm stagger)

    Or is it really up to the client?

    I was thinking, If i stagger the tiles 200mm, and if my brain is working, there should be no repetition of a pattern at all... does that make sense? I just think it will look great not seeing the 160mm joints repeating at set intervals.

    Im not sure how timber floorboards are laid, do they repeat?



    Aside from the layout, I am planning on laying them using 1.5mm crosses in the gaps and using a long level to keep the long edge of the tiles straight. Is this a good tactic?

    Ill be using monoflex (construction chemicals rubber modified, sticks like buggery and dries in the bucket in half an hour glue) and a 12mm trowel to hopefully minimize the issues i forsee happening with the concrete being 20 years old and long tiles being staggered... would a bigger depth of notch be better?



    anyways cheers for any help, getting a little excited about laying something different

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    Default Re: Tips on laying wood-look tiles

    I have asked the client to meet me on site anytime monday, they are really cool, calm, nice people,the sort who DO listen to reason and actually put weight in my opinon, so chatting to them might get the best result. I dry-laid 4 rows about 4m long using the half n half method, and the thirds method, the half n half looks like poo IMO, the thirds looks a lot better, i think no pattern is better tho

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    Default Re: Tips on laying wood-look tiles

    I've laid these tiles a few times now, the most pleasing pattern for me is the arrowhead pattern (see attached pic). There was a recommended pattern printed on the carton but I ignored it. (too basic and repetitive)

    When it comes to laying them, I strung chalk lines every 600 or so (in your case 640 + tile joints) and tiled to the lines. Try to keep your adhesive consistent. You're slab needs to be flat or otherwise will require screeding. Packing glue under these tiles because slab is not flat is a pain because the tiles are long and thin. I used a 1200mm length of timber and a rubber mallet and lightly tapped the tiles at regular intervals after an hour or two of drying to keep them all flat.

    A darker grout looks better IMO with these tiles. Oh, and most likely there will be bows in the tiles - be prepared for that.

    Just get the pattern in your head, take your time, tile to chalk lines and you'll be fine. I enjoy laying these tiles. I'm sure you will too.

    Another thing, I ones I laid were very difficult to cut lengthways because they had a heavy texture (outdoor rated). Getting a smooth break with the sigma was near impossible. So I wet cut any tiles that needed cutting on their length.

    Timber pattern.jpg

    If you notice on the pattern on the pic of the dry run of tiles, 5 tiles make up a unit. I ended up using 7 tiles - couldn't notice the pattern at all.
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    Default Re: Tips on laying wood-look tiles

    I don't know how it would look in tiles, but with floating timber and vinyl plank, you don't follow a pattern at all. You basically start laying along the longest wall and you use the off-cut from the end to start your next row. It ends up being totally random and looks good with those products.

    These sort of tiles is where the Raimondi leveling system really comes into its own, because of the larger size wedge.

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    Default Re: Tips on laying wood-look tiles

    I personally wouldn't bother with a leveling system with the plank tiles - a nice flat screed is all you need. But each to their own.

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    Default Re: Tips on laying wood-look tiles

    Quote Originally Posted by FrankM View Post
    I don't know how it would look in tiles, but with floating timber and vinyl plank, you don't follow a pattern at all.
    I think the fact we have grout joints might emphasise the randomness.

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    On the Kiwi forum as well Jay! I feel violated by your two timing tiling forum!
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    On the Kiwi forum as well Jay! I feel violated by your two timing tiling forum!
    There is a American one too

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    Default Re: Tips on laying wood-look tiles

    There's another one about to go live in AUS

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