Posted by admin on January 5, 2017
Now that you have your tiles all positioned as you want them, it is time to lay them. Depending on the size of the area, it will be a good idea to clear an entire day for this portion of the tiling process. It is a good idea not to do this on a day South Africa is playing cricket (you should be fine if they’re playing rugby though, why disappoint yourself?).
Posted by admin on October 26, 2016
The next step in finishing your tiling project, is to make sure that the entire area is covered. There will be spots which will not be able to accommodate a full tile, so you will need to cut these specific tiles to size. Cutting tiles for corners, spaces or plumbing fixtures is important and the following techniques can be applied:
Posted by admin on October 25, 2016
Now it is time to plan the layout. Once you are in possession of the tiles, it is always a good idea to make sure that they are in fact the colour and design you ordered.
Check your tiles
Before you start tiling away, you need to check that all your tiles match according to the shade, code and production date - You will find this information on the side of each box of tiles. (See image below)
Most important to note will be the date; as during the production process, slight variations may occur from batch to batch, so make sure that all your tiles come from the same batch (date). It is then time to go through all your tiles and select a reference tile that is the exact colour and texture that you chose in the store.
When opening the boxes, make sure to wipe the powder residue from the back of the tiles with a damp cloth. Use your reference tile to ensure that all tiles are as close as possible to the correct shade and texture. Some tiles are designed to provide more variations than others, so speak to the sales assistant beforehand. Any tiles that vary too greatly from the reference tile should be put aside.
Once you have sorted out your tiles, it is time to dry lay your tiles. Dry laying, is exactly what the name suggests – it is laying your tiles out in the pattern you want before applying any adhesives, also making sure that the tiles are aligned properly and there is no unnecessary cutting of tiles. Below we have the procedures for both floors and wall layouts.
Posted by admin on October 21, 2016
You have all the tools and the tiles and everything is off to a great start. Before tiling, you will need to prepare the space. In this article, we will discuss what you will need to do to prepare for the tiling process.
Preparing your substrate which you are adhering the tiles to is one of the most important tasks to get right. If you don’t get the surface flat, clean and firm, the tiles could break, jut out or lift up. Below are the steps to follow to prepare your substrate:
Posted by admin on October 20, 2016
Now that you have all the tools you require for your tiling project, you will need to ascertain how many square metres of tiles you will need. Well, that will depends on the size of the area to be tiled. In this article, we will be looking at how to measure the area you want to tile, and what factors you need to keep in mind when choosing tiles.
If you are tiling floors, measure the “Width x Length”, and if you are tiling walls, measure “Width x Height.” To be on the safe side, add 10% to that total, for breakages whilst tiling. If you are tiling an irregular shaped area, it will be easier to break such area into smaller sections and then add up all the areas to obtain the total area.
If you would like to be as precise as possible, don’t forget to subtract the areas of the floor or wall that will not be tiled. On walls, you will need to subtract windows, doors and any wall openings.
With floors, you will need to subtract toilets, bathtubs, architectural columns, etc.
Posted by admin on October 17, 2016
Before you start tiling away, you need to ensure that you have the correct tools. If you are that person that usually fixes or does everything with the help of a hammer, this guide is for you. If you want your tiling project to be the talk of the town, and not for the wrong reasons, you will need the correct tools to be able to finish the project like a professional.
Posted by admin on October 14, 2016
Over the next few weeks, we will introduce you to the world of tiling.
We will discuss all the items which you will require, how to prepare and lay tiles properly, how to maintain such and we will also provide you with a few tips.
Posted by admin on August 12, 2016
Property valuations are provided by registered Professional Valuers, although Estate Agents are also able to provide their opinion of value.
At the end of the day, both professionals provide an opinion as to the market value of a property, although there are factors which one has to consider, as there are differences as to how and why these opinions of value are derived.
Posted by admin on July 29, 2016
Don't let renovations be a nightmare and get the better of you.
It's often said that if you would like to test the strength of your relationship, you should build or renovate a house with your partner. With the divorce rate so high these days, rather let Valuetec take that stress off your shoulders!
Posted by ricardo on July 27, 2016
Pretoria Moot is North of central Pretoria. It is bordered by Meintjieskop to the south and Skurweberg or Vlakkopies to the north.
Suburbs in The Moot consist of, but are not limited to, the following: Capital Park, Colbyn, Gezina, Kilner Park, Moregloed, Queenswood, Rietfontein, Rietondale, Riviera, Villeria, Waverley and Wonderboom South.
Colbyn, Moregloed, Queenswood, Rietondale, Villieria and Waverley are the centrally located suburbs, which seem to be setting the sought after trend in The Moot.
The Moot area has a strong sense of community, with generations returning to live in the unique ‘urban village’ setting. The current Home Owners and Residents Association strive to maintain the restful atmosphere and currently employ a private security company, on behalf of the residents, to aid with crime prevention. This is proving to be effective and is supported by the South African Police. This unique atmosphere and the semi – rural setting of the suburb contribute strongly to its ongoing popularity and good capital growth. A further unique factor is the Academic Hospital which is located 3km from the area. A number of specialising doctors leave and arrive annually and seek to buy property close to the hospital for the period of their specialisation.