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As well as offering a huge range of floor and wall tiles, Tiles Direct is happy to be able to provide everything you could need for redecorating your room with tiles. From adhesive and silicone seal to tiling tools and underfloor heating mats, it couldn’t be easier to get started on your next interior design project when you buy everything from Tiles Direct.

With over 30 years’ experience in the industry, we’ve built strong relationships with leading brands including Mapei, Palace, WarmUp, BuTech and more, bringing you high-quality products at the best possible price.

Whether you’re a DIY newbie or a professional tiler, our extensive range of tiling accessories and pro tiler tools has everything you could possibly need to get the job done right - all at great value prices.

Whether you are looking for Mapei adhesive or Mapei grout, we stock plenty of tiling materials to make redecorating or replacing much easier for you. The Mapei silicone is also available for sealing the bottom or sides of your wall, or reapplying the seal between tiles.

So, whether you’re recruiting a professional or getting your own hands dirty, our range of tile adhesive, grout and other tiling accessories at Tiles Direct provides you with all the equipment you’ll need.

Choosing your tile adhesive

When it comes to buying adhesive for your tiles, the tile size and position will affect the type of adhesive that you choose.

For instance, a self-priming, ready-mixed tile adhesive is perfect for novice tilers installing wall tiles to a small area like a kitchen splashback. Easy to apply, this fuss-free tile adhesive will save you time when it comes to tiling the walls, but it’s not a suitable option for all tiling jobs.

For larger sized wall tiles that carry more weight, you’ll need to mix a powdered tile adhesive yourself. For one, powdered tile adhesives offer a stronger bond and give you the flexibility to adjust the thickness to suit your personal requirements. They also offer a more cost-effective solution when tiling larger areas.

Your choice of tile adhesive will also be dependent on the area you’re tiling. A standard tile adhesive will suit walls and floors in dry areas with little condensation. However, in wet environments like the space around the bath or a shower enclosure, a water-resistant adhesive should be your go-to choice. With built-in water resistance composites, these adhesives will ensure that your functional tiles will serve your needs for years to come.

When it comes to fixing floor tiles in place, you should always use powdered tile adhesive to provide strong adhesion to the substrate. The nature of busy domestic spaces means that all floor adhesive is resistant to water, and with it coming in a powdered format, it’s important to remember that all floor adhesives will need mixing before getting started.

Floors can be subject to movement over time, which can result in loose or cracked tiles as the surface expands and contracts. There are ways to effectively repair cracked tiles, but it's best to get the installation correct from the start. So, consider what tile adhesive is best for the surface you’re tiling onto. For example, it’s possible to use non-flexible adhesive on concrete floors, but if you’re tiling over areas where there will be natural movement (such as floor boards) we’d always recommend using a flexible tile adhesive.

Finally, when buying tile adhesive it’s best to be prepared and make sure you order enough to complete the job. Running out of adhesive while you’re halfway through a tiling project can stunt the progress of your interior design project.

In terms of how much tile adhesive you need, as a rough guide, covering approximately 4-5 square metres of wall tiles should take 10 kg of wall adhesive. For floors, 20g of floor tile adhesive should cover approximately 5m2 on an average floor, but the amount of adhesive that you use will vary depending on how level the floor is.

Our tile adhesives come in two colour options: white and grey. Both deliver the same performance, but white tile adhesive can be preferable if you’re installing lighter coloured tiles or translucent options like mosaics, as the adhesive will be less noticeable.

Finding the right grout

Tile grout is like the last line of defence in sealing your tiles and preventing dirt and moisture from getting behind them, not to mention providing a neater aesthetic. This means it’s important to choose the right tile grout to keep your tiles protected for longer. 

Most surfaces will expand and contract over time, so due to the rigidity of tiles, there needs to be space in between to allow for this movement. Tile grout is then applied between each of the tiles, filling the gap. 

Most grout will be water-resistant, but when applying tiles in areas with wetter conditions, such as the bathroom, opting for a waterproof tile grout or sealing means you can ensure that the grout is stain and mould resistant.

In areas with a great amount of movement such as wooden floors, a flexible tile grout is recommended over a standard tile grout to allow for movement in the substrate. So, whatever area you’re tiling, it’s worth considering the characteristics of the material and environment you’ll be laying tiles onto to ensure you get the best tile grout for the job.

At Tiles Direct, we offer a variety of tile grout colours, including glitter additives if you want to give your tiles some extra sparkle. Our grout shades include everything from classic white and black to various tones of grey, brown, yellow, blue, purple and more.

This wide range of colours will mean that you can either match your grout to your tiles or create contrasts by daring to go for completely different tones of grout and tiles. In terms of grout quantities, it’s also worth bearing in mind that the smaller your tiles, the more grout you’ll likely use.

To complete your tile grout, check out our selection of tile silicone glues. Providing a highly adhesive seal for tiled areas such as the gaps between tile floors and walls, our tile silicone glues are water resistant, with some options also boasting anti-mould properties. You can also take your pick of colour options including white, black, jasmine, clear and various shades of grey to help it blend in with the rest of the room. 

Essential tiling tools and more

Beyond tile adhesive and grout, you can also choose from our diverse range of tiling accessories. This gives you all the pro tiler tools you need to get a high-end finish, whether you’re a DIYer or a tradesperson.

The key to a successful tiling job is having the right equipment at your disposal from the start, and our general tiling tools range has you covered. From tiling trowels in various sizes and styles to grout floats, mixing buckets, silicone guns and sponges, you’ll find all the essential tiling tools you need for installing your tiles like a professional. You’ll also find an array of spacers, tile care products and so much more. 

We also stock a range of tile backer boards, ply boards and screeds that are ideal for helping you to get a flat surface to tile onto. Self-levelling screeds are designed for use on uneven floors, providing a level substrate for you to tile onto once dry. Tile backer boards also deliver a flat surface ready for tiling, and with built-in water resistance and flexibility, they’re an ideal option for walls and floors to compensate for movement and protect the surface behind from water. This is particularly true in bathrooms and wetrooms.

For cutting tiles, choose from manual tile cutters or electric tile cutting machine options, as well as various sizes of diamond drill bits that are used to cut circular holes for pipes. If you’re new to tiling, then a manual tile cutter offers an affordable and effective option, allowing you to score the tile then break it with applied pressure to give you a clean, straight cut edge. These manual tile cutters are suitable for use with most ceramic and porcelain tiles.

Alternatively, invest in an electric tile cutter. These powerful tiling tools use a diamond disc blade and water to whip through ceramic, porcelain and natural stone tiles with ease. They can also be handy if you’re doing a large amount or fiddly cuts as they can speed up the cutting process and offer better precision.

As if that wasn’t enough, you’ll also find a selection of undertile heating options, shower tray kits, tile trims and even stylish bathroom vanity units. Quite literally at Tiles Direct you’ll find all the essential items you need for pulling off a successful home tiling project.

Browse our complete range of tiling accessories online today. If you have any questions about our tile adhesives, tiling tools or any other products, or would simply like to speak to an expert, feel free to get in touch today.