Victorian Black/White Chequer Tile is rated
Rated 4 out of
Easy to lay
After contacting various company's to have my horrible concrete path tiled, and after either breaking out in a cold sweat of fainting each time they gave me their very best quote, I decided to have a go myself. I found these tiles to be the cheapest by far and when they arrive I was pleasantly surprised how good they looked. I layed them myself after much marking out and measuring and I have to say they don't look bad. They come joined together on a mesh so they can be layed quite quickly, you will probably have to cut some of the corners to make them line up unless you are very lucky. The only thing that you should be aware of is the white tile are not a brilliant white and that if you get the mesh that they are fixed to wet the tiles will fall off. It was my first purchase from topps and I have to say the staff at my local store in Gravesend were fantastic, friendly, polite, informative, they lumped my deliverys of tiles, grout, adhesive together so that it would save me delivery costs and when I discovered I had ordered to many tiles they took the remainder back even coming out to my car with a sack borrow. Top marks and thank you
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 3 out of
An amazing product let down by somebody with poor mathematic skills
Rating this product was really difficult. The quality of the actual tile is fantastic; rock hard porcelain tiles that will last a lifetime and a consistent size and finish. However, the quality of the product as a 'system' is poor and I'll explain why I just can't recommend it unless you can not find a better alternative elsewhere (I haven't looked but would do if another customer asked me to install it). When you install this type of flooring system, you need to put your border where you'd approximately like it, fill in the middle with mosaics, adjust the border and mosaics to fit perfectly, adjusting the 'gap to the wall' where necessary to infill with additional tiles. This caused the first massive headache and undermined the integrity of this flooring system; the mosaic squares and the border have not been designed and manufactured with a proportional relationship to each other and consequently, no matter where you cut the border or the mosaic sheets, you will NEVER get the mosaics to fit accurately inside the border because the sizes do not work out; you will always have to cut the final row of central fill of mosaics to fit to the border instead of ending up with a full sized mosaic on the inside perimeter of the border. (see right hand side of the image uploaded) This then flags up the second big issue with this product; the tiles are applied to the good quality mesh backing with a water based adhesive......and when you cut the very hard tiles with a diamond wheel and water cooling, all the tiles fall off the mesh backing or stick to the floor when you dry lay them as the adhesive sets once more!!!!
This product looks fantastic but I cannot recommend them while these two critical flaws exist. I really hope that this review is taken seriously by Topps Tiles as this product could be fantastic; you just need a designer with good mathematics to work on the direct correlation between the border repeat size and the size of the mosaic squares so that they always return a full mosaic tile infill before they are sent to China for manufacturing.
Ultimately, my customer accepted that I could not lay them in any other way and was really pleased with the finished result, especially when using the black grout.
Date published: 2017-07-02