How to tile over existing tiles successfully

By Tal  |  2017-08-21  |   | 107 views

Tiling over your existing tiles can save you money and time but not all tiled surfaces are suitable for this type of installation. What are the most important factors to consider when completing a successful tile-on-tile application? We offer some tips on how to get it right. [...]

TAL tiling kitchen splashback

Can’t upgrade your kitchen? Get a splashback!

By Tal  |  2017-07-05  |   | 127 views

Looking for a cost-effective way to transform the look and feel of your kitchen? A kitchen splashback is a great alternative to fully upgrading your kitchen. And the best part? You can do it yourself! Popular tiling choices for kitchen splashbacks include glass, stone, and of course, mosaic tiles. These tiles are a beautiful way to enhance the look of any room, because they can be installed over both large and small areas, or as feature panels between other tiles. [...]


Tiling Layouts and the Effect They Have on a Room

By Tal  |  2017-06-23  |   | 168 views

So, you’ve chosen your tiles, now to install them for maximum effect. Considerations that need to be made before you even begin the process of installation include cutting, specific layout requirements, the overall presentation and deciding on a desired aesthetic. But what do any of those processes look like, and how should you go about achieving them? [...]

TAL Tools you need when installing mosaics

Tools and Materials You Cant go Without When Installing Mosaics

By Tal  |  2017-06-21  |   | 242 views

From cheerful and stylish kitchen splashbacks to decorative floor and wall detailing, and even full bathroom floor installations, mosaics are one of the best ways to add colour and interest to drab surfaces around the home. [...]


Tiling with glass made easy

By Tal  |  2017-06-20  |   | 136 views

Glass tiling is an increasingly popular trend, and with TAL Mosaicfix, bonding and grouting is completed in one operation. [...]


Trowels, Squeegees and Sponges: Selecting and Looking After Your Tiling Toolkit Essentials

By Tal  |  2017-05-26  |   | 100 views

You wouldn’t try to fix a car if you didn’t have the right tools on hand, and you’d certainly think twice about using an ill-equipped mechanic to do the job. So why would you take the same risk when deciding to tile your home? A botched DIY job can easily cost as much as a botched car repair to rectify, so it’s important that you have the right tools before you begin. [...]


Mosaic in Modernity: The 19th Century and Beyond

By Tal  |  2017-05-18  |   | 106 views

In our last blog post, we explored the colourful history of mosaic from the world’s very earliest examples in ancient Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome, and throughout the art of the early Islamic Empire. [...]



Mosaic – A Colourful History

By Tal  |  2017-05-18  |   | 136 views

It is said by neuroscientists that human beings have a unique knack for recognising patterns. [...]

How to tile on top of existing tiles

How To Tile On Top Of Existing Tiles

By Tal  |  2017-02-18  |   | 1020 views

How To Tile On Top Of Existing Tiles [...]


How to successfully install glass mosaics onto a shower floor

By Tal  |  2016-10-26  |   | 1277 views

For centuries, mosaics have provided a beautiful decorative element to all types of structures. Shower mosaics are particularly popular, and here TAL provides useful tips and guides on how to apply glass mosaics to a shower floor. [...]


Light-coloured Ceramic Tiles

By Tal  |  2016-07-27  |   | 1161 views

Some white and light coloured ceramic tiles are susceptible to glaze discolouration due to moisture pull through [...]


Light-coloured Natural Stone

By Tal  |  2016-07-20  |   | 1161 views

Stone tiles have a natural beauty that makes them a desirable finish for floors and walls. Natural stone refers to a variety of materials including Marble, Travertine, Granite, Limestone, Slate and Sandstone. [...]


Bonding and Grouting Mosaic Tiles

By Tal  |  2016-07-13  |   | 1156 views

It is recommended that the bonding and grouting of mosaics should be done in one operation in order to provide a strong installation. The mosaics should be FIRMLY bedded into the adhesive to ensure good contact between the adhesive and [...]


The Difference between Porcelain Tiles & Ceramic Tiles

By Tal  |  2016-07-06  |   | 2567 views

Porcelain tiles are also ceramic tiles. They are a specified form of ceramic tiles, Porcelain tiles are made from finer, denser clay and fired at far higher temperatures than ceramic tiles. [...]


Tips when installing Agglomerate tiles

By Tal  |  2016-06-08  |   | 1118 views

Agglomerate’ is a term used to describe a man-made stone or tile product that usually consists of stone pieces and/or aggregates held together in a synthetic binder such as a polyester resin or epoxy resin. It can also be referred to as conglomerate or resin-reconstituted tiles. [...]


Tips for exterior wall & floor tiling

By Tal  |  2016-06-01  |   | 1023 views

It must be noted that external tiling installations – floor tiling or wall cladding – requires a far stronger and more flexible adhesive system. All external installations will be exposed to building movement, thermal expansion and contraction, [...]


Tiling Tips for installing large format Porcelain & Ceramic Tiles

By Tal  |  2016-05-25  |   | 1052 views

By rough definition, a large format tile is a tile with the length of at least one edge greater than 600mm (nominal) or a facial area greater than [...]

Decorative overlayments

The 101 on wood-look tiles

By Tal  |  2016-02-19  |   | 1881 views

Wooden floors have been around for centuries and are now more popular than ever. With advancements in digital inkjet technology in tile manufacturing, the ever-popular look of wooden floor-ing is being recreated using porcelain and ceramic tiles. [...]


The metro tile: Origins, styles and installation tips

By Tal  |  2016-02-16  |   | 1728 views

A subway tile is a popular style of glazed ceramic tile originally used on the walls of the New York City subway stations in the early 20th century. [...]


Essential tools for a professional tiling job

By Tal  |  2015-04-08  |   | 911 views

The primary tools you need to take on your own tiling job. [...]


Tiling braai areas

By Tal  |  2015-03-25  |   | 1723 views

Tips for tiling where heat will be present and tips on sealing natural stone tiles [...]


Mosaic tiling tips

By Tal  |  2015-01-28  |   | 1350 views

Mosaics add a beautiful decorative element to any area in the home. They are perfect for tiling back splashes or just creating inspired feature walls in a bathroom or kitchen. [...]


Essential tools and materials for a professional tiling job

By Tal  |  2014-10-22  |   | 5704 views

If you’re planning on tackling a significant tiling job it is worth investing in the correct tools and materials. [...]


Tiling with Natural Stone Tiles - The Basics

By Tal  |  2014-04-23  |   | 1056 views

Natural stone tiles are a popular choice for many consumers and rightfully so. They are however completely different from machine tiles and involves certain aspects to consider... [...]


Shower Tiling Tips

By Tal  |  2014-04-09  |   | 1588 views

We share some handy tips to consider when embarking on tiling your own shower. [...]


How to tile a wall with square or rectangular tiles

By Tal  |  2014-03-13  |   | 1275 views

Tiles make for the perfect wall covering as they are hygienic and easy to clean. [...]


How to tile a curved wall with mosaics

By Tal  |  2014-01-28  |   | 6087 views

Mosaic sheets can easily follow the curvature of the wall, making them the ideal solution to tile a curved wall efficiently. [...]


How to tile a curved floor

By Tal  |  2014-01-15  |   | 1165 views

Another option to achieve a professional tile installation around a curve is to cut square or rectangular tiles into several pieces to fit around the curve. [...]


Tips for using tile spacers

By Tal  |  2013-09-25  |   | 2484 views

Tile spacers give a tile installation a symmetrical and consistent finish. [...]


How to fix a cracked tile

By Tal  |  2013-09-18  |   | 1175 views

Cracked, chipped and broken tiles can allow moisture to penetrate underneath the tiles and can cause damage to the surrounding tiles. [...]


Tips for tiling tricky areas - part 3

By Tal  |  2013-09-12  |   | 829 views

Tiling around a light switch is not as tricky as it may seem. [...]


Tips for tiling tricky areas - part 2

By Tal  |  2013-09-04  |   | 947 views

Tiling around a pipe can be simple. Follow these handy steps and the pipe will be surrounded by a professional tile installation in no time. [...]


Tips for tiling tricky areas - part 1

By Tal  |  2013-08-28  |   | 989 views

We focus on solutions for tiling those tricky areas. Some areas are trickier to tile than others. [...]


Top tools for tiling professionally

By Tal  |  2013-08-14  |   | 1104 views

Selecting the right tools for the job at hand is important. [...]


How to cut wall tiles

By Tal  |  2013-07-24  |   | 1112 views

Tiles often need to be cut to finish rows where the floor meets the wall, or when tiling around appliances and window sills. There are a number of techniques involved in cutting tiles using a variety of tools. [...]


What to look out for when you select a tile

By Tal  |  2013-03-14  |   | 866 views

Tiles are one of the most versatile items in the building trade. Being such a diverse medium, you need to be sure which tiles are ideal for your project. [...]