VICTORIAN FLOOR TILESFIXING GUIDEGeometric floor tiles are part of Britains heritage and were used originally to ornament medieval churches and monasteries and the homes of aristocracy.Their popularity was enhanced in the 1830s with the accession to the throne of the young Queen Victoria and they soon became the hallmarks of the new romantic movement.At home, both plain and decorated tiles started to be used in every type of property and situation from porches in terraced houses to bathrooms in stately mansions.
Todays nostalgia for Victorian elegance has led to Original Style recreating these classic floor tiles, using modern production methods combined with traditional clay colour stains.In this planning and fixing guide* you will find useful information when embarking on such a project.
The guide is split into the following note this guide is not intended to be a definitive guide to fixing Victorian Floor Tiles and should not be relied upon as such.If you are uncertain about anything having read this guide you should ask your Original Style dealer or consult a professional tiler/installer.We strongly recommend that our tiles are laid by an experienced professional tiler.The satisfactory installation of all ceramic tiles depends on their application to a sound, level surface and use of the correct adhesive for that surface.Laying directly into wet cement is not recommended.Detailed guidelines are set out in BS5385: Part 3: 1989WELCOME TO ORIGINAL STYLE2This is obviously the most important (and enjoyable) task! With such a large range of patterns and colours to choose from you may like to take some samples home to see how they fit in with your furnishings and If you are in any doubt about the suitability of Victorian Floor Tiles for your particular requirements, please ask for advice.Designing and planning a Victorian Floor can be a time consuming and complex task.Hopefully using this guide in conjunction with the Victorian Floor Tile brochure will give you lots of ideas about what designs and colours you like.
Following the planning instructions will then help you to work out the quantities you will need of each type and colour of tile.SELECTING YOUR TILES5The secret to a perfectly laid floor is to lay the tiles as flat and evenly as possible.To do this successfully you need the firmest, flattest surface to start work on.Some surfaces are ideally suited to tiling, others require a certain amount of preparation first.IMPORTANT NOTE:All surfaces must be allowed to dry out completely before tiling.Failure to do this can result in moisture being trapped behind the tiles causing them to become loose.Sand and cement (screed) floors must be completely dry.Allow at least conditions it may take longer.Cshould be allowed to dry out for a minimum of 6 weeks.Timber and joist floors must be rigid and stable
.The best way to achieve , seal the timber with a bonding agent.Old stone, quarry and vinyl floor tiles are best removed.If this is impossible or impractical, and they are completely sound, they should be thoroughly cleaned of oily deposits.EXTERIOR USEOriginal Style Victorian Floor Tiles are suitable for outdoor use and are frost resistant, provided that they are laid in such a way that rainwater drains freely off them and cannot penetrate beneath and between them.Tiles should not be laid on flat, asphalt-covered roofs in areas subject to frost.
Tiles laid outdoors should be impregnated with HG Impregnator to increase their water repellence.PREPARATION6The key to achieving a Victorian geometric tiled floor that will give pleasure for decades to come is careful advance planning.The following brief guidelines apply to a typical rectangular floor tiled with both a central pattern and a surrounding border.Measure the dimensions of the area to be tiled.
Work out the width of the proposed border design, remembering to allow 2mm
for each joint.
Calculate the length and width of the area available for the central pattern by subtracting twice the border width from each dimension of the overall area.
Decide the dimensions of your chosen pattern that will fit into the will not necessarily be a whole number of pattern repeats and slightly less than the total floor area.
Furthermore, there will be irregularities, such as doorways, along the perimeter of the tiles in an appropriate colour, which can be cut to fill the , if the standard border design that you are using has make a feature of doorways with a geometric pattern of your
Always order a few spare tiles of each size and colour used in your layout to allow for damage in cutting and to avoid delays caused by having to re-order small quantities of tiles at short notice.PLANNING8BorderCAD USERSTo help interior designers and architects who work with Computer Aided Design systems plan geometric tiled floors, Original Style offer a free CAD database.This is
supplied on CD and can be obtained from Original Style at the address on the back page of this leaflet.2FLOOR Floor Tiles MAIN should not intrude into the space allocated for borderPLANNING13BORDERFit border around the main pattern leaving any space between border and wall empty.NOTE: See diagram on next page on fitting border.PLANNING15COMPLETING INSTALLATIONFinally, fill in the remaining space around the outer edge of the border with tiles cut to size.17INSTALLATIONThe following step-by-step guide is designed to explain the particular requirements of Victorian geometric tiles.
It is not a comprehensive manual for floor tile laying.We strongly recommend that our tiles be laid by an experienced professional tiler.The satisfactory installation of all ceramic tiles depends on their application to a sound, level surface and use of the correct adhesive for that surface.Laying directly into wet cement is not recommended.Detailed guidelines are set out in BS5385: Part 3:1989CAUBecause Original Sty