Rated 3.3 out of 5¬†by 3
Rated 1 out of 5¬†by Do2er This was a very poor product
First of all the staff were very polite and helpful from start to finish.
When the first delivery arrived we were shocked at the packaging quality. After the driver left we started going through all the boxes and a third were broken and a third were falling off the mesh. We contacted the shop and another batch was sent out. Our tiler (30 years experience) had never seen such poor quality of product, they continued to fall apart and would not fix to the wall. The shop did tell us that they were using a new supplier.
The order was cancelled and we were fully refunded. We then had to go somewhere else for our tiles, which delayed our kitchen being finished for another 2 weeks.
Not happy customers at all.
01 December 2014
Rated 4 out of 5¬†by GregP Looks great, but hard work required!
There is no doubt that when these tiles are up, they look absolutely GREAT. I fitted them in my living room around a newly installed fireplace - a chic modern rustic look you might say - if there is such a thing!
First up, they are HEAVY - I figure around 30kgs per sq. metre incl adhesive - so you will NOT be able to fit them onto gypsum plastered walls. I had to hack-off all my plaster and install 12mm tile backer board, drilling into the brickwork using 70mm M6 masonry anchor screws @ 300mm centres. Think noise, think dust, think added time and expense, think grumbling wife and annoyed neighbours!
Secondly - some of the tiles were actually quite dirty. They are put together in a quarry in India, and not infrequently there were bits of contaminant (dirt, stone chips, glue, even twigs) stuck to the back of the tiles, and occasionally stuck to the front as well. Shouldn't have been that much of a problem, except that.....
Thirdly - the individual cut stone pieces making up one complete tile are all glued together and stuck to a backing mesh using PVA adhesive. That means when it gets wet, it gets sticky and messy and the pieces start falling off. Awkward when you are trying to clean the tiles before putting them up, and doubly problematical when the only way of cutting the tile is to use a diamond wet-wheel! (I gave up trying to clean them first - instead, when tiling was finished, I simply cleaned each dirty piece with a toothbrush!)
Fourthly - unsurprisingly, these are not rectified tiles. They are not cut or assembled with precision, nor can you grout between them. That means that you have to be very careful that things are staying level as you progress up the wall, and somewhat fussy about the gaps between the stone pieces - unless you like the look of tile adhesive! I found that often I had to remove individual pieces from the mesh, swap them around, or even grind or cut them, to keep the gaps to a minimum - both within one individual tile and across adjacent tiles as well. Very time consuming.
Fifthly - the back of theses tiles are as uneven as the front - care must be taken when back-buttering (through the mesh) to ensure each piece of stone gets a good dollop of adhesive, but not so much as it is oozing from the gaps between (see fourth comment) - again - time consuming, and;
Lastly - despite the mosaic nature of these tiles, the individual pieces of stone have not been particularly carefully chosen/assembled with a view to overall consistency of "average" colour. By that I mean I had to return a few boxes of tiles because they were completely lacking any variation in hue other than light grey, when all the previous boxes were full of beige and even olive contrasts. In other words you really need to sort through all your tiles first and mix them up to ensure that "overall" look is consistently interesting - or consistently bland - depending on your tastes!
So - all in all - quite a bit of effort is required if you want these tiles to look their best. In short - if you are in a hurry (or don't fancy your local tiler moving in for a week) you are probably best off looking for a different product.
Having said all of that - I say again - put in the effort and they look GREAT!
- In fact, I am strongly considering hacking the plaster off the adjacent wall and putting them up there as well. Just summoning up the courage to tell the wife though....
22 December 2013