For further info please see our video for dark grout. We advise sealing your tiles twice — once before grouting, and once after. From metro tiles and crackle glaze wall tiles through to patterned, antique, vintage and glass tiles! What are crackle glaze tiles? In a shower space or busy bathroom, you may need to re-seal every 12 months to be on the safe side. Our aim at Walls and Floors is to provide our visitors with an enriched online experience when browsing and searching for your perfect tiles. The corner tiles in both corners of the bottom row of the shower enclosure have changed colour completely from cream to a uniform and even mid putty grey, in addition the edges of some of the other tiles have developed a grey edge to them also, when the tiles were fitted they were not discoloured in any way and the problem has developed after 2 weeks of use. In contrast to the staid straight edges of the metro tiles, also have a look at the artisan range we have on offer; the edges have a hand-made appearance that really sets off the patina. Did you use a wet cutter for the bottom row? Hi David, I have got pics but I can't figure out how to put them on this thread.
I had to seal them about 6 times to cure the problem. It's strange that only full tiles are affected according to photo. If you can not see what you are looking for, please contact The Little Tile Company team! I personally would not guarantee my work if I installed in a shower. I would seal again and again. Some customers are very insistent, like the ones that have slippery polished porcelain in their bathrooms! Where can you use crazed tiles? As you have now found out, these tiles are not really suited to a shower environment.
Thanks Sean, your advice is much appreciated, when you sealed your customer's tiles in Chiswick what sealer did you use? Our suppliers have perfected the art of creating this look from new, and the effect it truly beautiful. Any help or advice would be very much appreciated. I can only think the moisture is coming in through the face of the tile via the crackle glaze, everywhere else is perfectly fitted and sealed. I came to the help of a man in Chiswick a couple of years ago when his tiles were letting in water. Tiles that need to be cut will need to be sealed first, to protect them from moisture.
Done deliberately, this can be quite a striking look as it highlights the crazing effect. We also have floor tiles that compliment our range. To solve this we have a that, goes into the microscopic cracks to prevent dirt and grime from staining the tiles. What grout colour can I use? Maybe water has got into your tiles and a period of no use of the shower will return the tile back to its colour. Alternatively, use them to create a kitchen splashback. After 24 hours after laying tiles in to the adhesive, apply sealer evenly using a micro-fibre cloth and several coats, a minimum of at least 3 coats should be applied.
Crackle Glaze tiles that are sealed. Then leave for 24 hours to fully dry. We are sure you will find the perfect wall tiles for your bathroom, shower-room and kitchen! I'm hoping the tiles have dried out in a week or so, there is a heated towel rail in the bathroom that's permanently on. If they are sealed whilst they still contain water then the water will be trapped within the tile. You might not notice it at first, but with every step you take closer to these crackle glazed tiles, the more the detail picks itself out.
I'm hoping that it may be a case of letting the tiles dry out and resealing but I fear this may not be the case? Crackle glaze tiles are perfect for adding a vintage look to a room. Other crackle glazed tiles have this bit of info: However, in areas where water is directly hitting the tile, such as in a shower, we strongly recommend in addition applying after fixing, which will add extra protection. See how much water the tile absorbs. I will try to suss it out and post some as soon as I do, I've checked for leaks from the enclosure but everything is water tight, it can only be coming in through the face of the tile. Leave to dry for 2 hours and apply second coat using same method. This is the glaze on the tile still crackling.
Your specific circumstances may need an alternative approach. It is also recommended to seal before grouting or cutting the tiles, as grout can also enter these small cracks and become almost impossible to remove. After 24 hours after laying tiles in to the adhesive, apply sealer evenly using a micro-fibre cloth and leave for 20 minutes after application, buff well to work it into the crackles of the glaze. However, these tiles will need to be re sealed probably every year. Crackle glaze tiles are created by the top glaze being put through a process called Crazing. The wall grout used was Mapei Kerapoxy epoxy grout.
Personally I would not use crackle glazed tiles in a shower area. Because the glaze has microscopic cracks and gaps, dirt and grout can get in to these and cause staining. We have a great selection of square and metro tiles with a cracked glaze running across their surface; adding aged, vintage charm to the tiles. . The tiles were applied to fully tanked and sealed shower walls using Mapei adhesive, the shower wall profile brackets were fitted to fully tiled and grouted walls as per the manufacturers fitting installation procedure.
How long did you leave the tiles before you sealed? The Shower Wall Profile brackets were fitted to fully tiled and grouted walsl and silicone sealed on both vertical sides, I have checked the area directly underneath the shower tray and there are no leaks at all. These tiles do absorb a lot of water. We have modern, beautiful, bold colour and patterned combinations and also have classic Victorian, Edwardian and vintage style tile designs for period properties and cottage style designs. Remember that tanking will add to the drying time of adhesive. There are different methods for sealing dependent on what colour grout is being used. The thought of having to strip out all of the tiles and starting again is too much to bear, can anyone offer any advice or does anyone know of this happening before? When I cut the tiles I remember thinking how thin and fragile the glaze seemed, too late now I realise but if there is a way of saving them I will be most relieved! The most popular option is white crackle glazed Metro tiles, probably because the fissures stand out against the brilliant white background. I can't offer any real solutions to your issue, but i'm sure that you will get a few more replies soon.