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    Ceramic Tiles

    We're going to be doing a lot of tiling soon.

    Question;

    Indoor tiles vs out door tiles.

    As I understand it the outdoor tiles are harder wearing and generally have a bit of a non-sip element to them.

    Indoor are pretty.

    Is there any reason why you couldn't use outdoor tile indoors?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jandajoy View Post
    We're going to be doing a lot of tiling soon.

    Question;

    Indoor tiles vs out door tiles.

    As I understand it the outdoor tiles are harder wearing and generally have a bit of a non-sip element to them.

    Indoor are pretty.

    Is there any reason why you couldn't use outdoor tile indoors?

    Cheers
    Can't see why not.

    In fact, some years ago I did exactly that. I used to have wall to wall carpet and wanted a change and also cool the house down a bit. Not having found what I wanted I settled on a nice dark outdoor tile that matched the interiour of the house perfectly. Another reason was that we had a very large, clumsy dog at the time and choosing the more rough outdoor tiles probably avoided a few trips to the vet.

    Go for it.

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    Tiles are all about the biscuit , that being the base onto which the decoration is glazed .

    wall tiles have a thinner thus softer biscuit than floor tiles .

    as far as indoor v's outdoor goes that is a new one to me , would have at a guess that your on the money re non-slip .

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    Quote Originally Posted by jandajoy
    Indoor tiles vs out door tiles.
    Any tile can be used indoors or outdoors. Distinction is in selecting a tile for outdoor use, you want tile with low moisture absorption, high durability and non slip. These type tiles can be selected for indoor use as well. You will want them in bathrooms for sure.

    When shopping for tiles ask for tile specs.
    Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

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    It's wall or floor tiles, not indoors or outdoors.

    An architect I know renovated some apartments in Bangkok and used floor tiles on the wall. They were nearly an inch thick and fell off after about a year as Thais are too crap to use tile adhesive and the architect was too stupid to use the wall tile version which looked identical but weighed about a third.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    It's wall or floor tiles, not indoors or outdoors.
    You hit the nail on the head. We have laid enough tile it seems to cover most of Thailand.

    I have used floor tiles for both indoors and outdoors depending on what I wanted that floor space used for. Up to you really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly
    You hit the nail on the head.
    I'm sure Noodles or Beadle know better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly
    You hit the nail on the head.
    I'm sure Noodles or Beadle know better.
    Hitting nails on the head when it comes to tile, not recommended.

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    Actually it is. Let's say the wall tile has already been laid. Now for the towel racks. Hitting the nail on the head is very important before drilling the actual hole. Watch the pros, a slight tap. Unless of course one enjoys the look of grout.

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    There are many different types of cheap granite in the market today (about 450 Baht per metre and mainly supplied from China and Laos) which in my opinion is far more attractive, practicle and cost effective and when compared to indoor tiles (I hate indoor floor tiles).

    Check around some of the granite retailers JJ and with regard to outdoor tiles get the non-slip one's and seconds are good but you will need to get an experienced person to lay them as they vary slightly in size and thickness (thats why they are seconds).

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    JJ, if you want to spend a few days in BKK looking at tiles and granite you (and family) can stay at our house.

    I say BKK because that is where we have found the best deals thoughout all of Thailand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly
    I say BKK because that is where we have found the best deals thoughout all of Thailand.
    Even better than Saraburi?

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    Given the small size of JJ's house he'll not save anything in either BKK or Saraburi unless he has to go there anyway. Transportation costs would far exceed the savings in tile.

    If he's really gone "local" he will have no thoughts about driving 1,000 kms to save 1 baht.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton
    If he's really gone "local" he will have no thoughts about driving 1,000 kms to save 1 baht.
    They're clever like that.

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    Waxed terracotta. I like it indoors or out. Wish I could find it with a hand formed look, like Mexican tiles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly
    JJ, if you want to spend a few days in BKK looking at tiles and granite you (and family) can stay at our house.
    That's a very kind offer. Thank you.

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    For bathrooms I would go for mosaic tiles as yu can have curves and nice run offs etc. Flat tiles in bathrooms always trap water/dirt. Wish they sold them when I did my place, there is some nice designs around now.

    I also think there is a big difference in who does it, some seem great and others no idea, check around. I had a husband/wife team do half of my place and they were brilliant. Just a shame they weren't around for the other half.....
    Fahn Cahn's

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    No probs. My mate has outdoor throughout his house.
    I have indoor thoughout mine, outside and inside.
    Laosy has manager to crack a couple in the carport by wheelspinning the Vigo but that's all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly View Post
    Actually it is. Let's say the wall tile has already been laid. Now for the towel racks. Hitting the nail on the head is very important before drilling the actual hole. Watch the pros, a slight tap. Unless of course one enjoys the look of grout.

    a bit of masking tape over the spot, then a hammer drill at low revs, is the professional way

    it stops the drill slipping and the surface cracking

    using a nail and hammer can be Ok to make the initial point (to stop the drill slipping), but can also be damaging
    I have reported your post

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    Good one, I have had trouble drilling tiles in the past. I'm sure I saw a special drill bit once, very basic just diamond shaped tip in Farang land somewhere....

    Just googled it, the masking tape and slow speed seems the go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wimpy View Post
    Waxed terracotta. I like it indoors or out. Wish I could find it with a hand formed look, like Mexican tiles.

    you can in CM

    lots of handmade tiles, incl terracotta

    from about B850 a sq m, depending on tile size

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by wimpy View Post
    Waxed terracotta. I like it indoors or out. Wish I could find it with a hand formed look, like Mexican tiles.

    you can in CM

    lots of handmade tiles, incl terracotta

    from about B850 a sq m, depending on tile size
    Where? I live in Chiang Mai. All of the terracotta that I have seen is very regular in appearance. They don't look like this...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Given the small size of JJ's house he'll not save anything in either BKK or Saraburi unless he has to go there anyway. Transportation costs would far exceed the savings in tile.

    If he's really gone "local" he will have no thoughts about driving 1,000 kms to save 1 baht.
    Dont forget free accomodation in a Guest friendly house, that would mean he could go down Soi Cowboy and Nana to have a look at the tiles there to get some good Idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cenovis
    go down Soi Cowboy and Nana to have a look at the tiles there to get some good Idea.
    Not my scene mate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wimpy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by wimpy View Post
    Waxed terracotta. I like it indoors or out. Wish I could find it with a hand formed look, like Mexican tiles.

    you can in CM

    lots of handmade tiles, incl terracotta

    from about B850 a sq m, depending on tile size
    Where? I live in Chiang Mai. All of the terracotta that I have seen is very regular in appearance. They don't look like this...
    there is a tile shop/fasctory outlet on the LHS on the way from Mae Rim to CM

    one is Vieng Ping, which stocks some nice handmade tiles. Further down (I think) is another whose name I forget, but it has a quite big sign

    maybe Mae Rim ceramics! anyway, that place is more expensive but has nice terracottas

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