Non-Square Ceramic Tiles

Author: dpinning  //  Category: DIY Tips, Tiles

After deciding on the tiling project you wish to start, it is useful to determine the type of tile that you will use before planning the design. The shape of the tiles can make a difference and while square are the easiest to work with for larger projects a range of other shapes can be used. Frequently, non-square tiles are used as decorative accents and in small spaces. While there are various styles that fall into the non-square category, the primary types are Mosaic, Hexagonal and Provencal.

One aspect of non-square tiles is that due to their shape they are not normally cut, but used as a whole tile. This reduces preparation time considerably, but also requires a more exacting approach to the design and tile size.

Mosaic tile are small random pieces of tile placed together to create a design or simply a pleasing pattern. When sold as a specific design they are normally supplied attached to a mesh backing, making them easy to apply. These pieces are normally around 30cm across and application to the desired surface is quick and simple. Generally, they are applied to a surface by abutting one against the other. After they are applied to the wall they only require grouting and the project is complete.

Hexagonal and Provencal tiles fit together without the need for spacers. Their design gives a universally even grout line, making installation simple. They need to be used in conjunction with border tiles, which are designed to fit the shape to create a straight edge at the border. While there are generally no rounded edges, there are half-tiles that are used for the edges. As an alternative to the manufactured half-tiles you could also cut a whole tile in half. These tiles are rarely available with a decorative frieze, due to their shape. Because of the universal grout line grouting can be carried out quickly and the project completed in relatively short time.

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