How to install split face tiles
Here are our top tips for skillfully installing split face tiles.
Order a little more than you think you need
No one wants to run out of tiles in the middle of a job! We always recommend adding on 10% for wastage, but with split face tiles, you might need to add on 15% extra to cover any cuts in corners and trickier areas.
Choose your grout and adhesive
It’s very important to choose the right colour adhesive for your split face tiles. If your tiles are a light shade, choose a white adhesive as grey could discolour the stone or start to show through any mesh behind the tiles.
Natural stone split face tiles need to be sealed, but do not need to be grouted. Porcelain or ceramic split face effect tiles need to be grouted with a width of no less than 2mm to make them watertight. Luckily there are brands such as Grout 3000 that have a wide spectrum of shades to choose from, so you’ll be able to find a colour that blends in with them nicely. These tiles are supplied sealed from the factory so are maintenance-free other than cleaning as and when required.
Plan your design
If you have space, lay the tiles out first to look for any patterns you’d like to repeat or colours you want to keep close together.
Ensure your surface is clean, dry and most importantly flat. A coat of primer will also give your tile adhesive a head start.
As porcelain and natural stone are both very hard, you’ll need the right equipment for clean cuts and to minimise broken tiles. We would recommend an electric tile cutter with a diamond blade.
Seal natural stone split face tiles
If your tiles are natural stone, it’s important to seal them to protect them against dirt and moisture. We recommend seeking the advice of a professional tiler. At Direct Tile Warehouse our Split Face Tiles are porcelain and do not require sealing.
Our favourite ideas for using split face tiles
Exterior Feature Wall
Timotina wanted to cover her black breeze blocks to lighten up her garden. “We bought our house a few years ago and started construction straight away. The garden of course we left until last and I had a lot of time to think about what I wanted it to look like. As it was quite a small garden, we decided to go for some light tiles to create more space and these gorgeous split face tiles did just that.”