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Tile Shade Difference Help

Discussion in 'Tiling' started by albaPhenom, 6 Jul 2021.

  1. albaPhenom

    albaPhenom

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    So I bought some tiles from a local reputable outlet... I bought 450 x 450 floors, 400 x 250 wall and feature tile. They are all from the same range, Cairn 2 from CTD, however when installed the floor and wall are noticeably different.

    Where both should be a gunmetal grey, the walls are grey and floor looks cream against. In my opinion it looks terrible.

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    So my question is, where do I stand here in terms of acceptable shade variation?

    I wanted the bathroom floor and walls to be consistent to offset against a slate grey shower tray and smoke tinted glass screen... now I just feel like this has ruined a bathroom I’ve spent an age and small fortune putting together.
     
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    Just to offer the counter argument:

    Why did you not dry fit them?

    Why did you continue lay them when the colour difference was so obvious?

    I think it looks nice. Shame you didn't attend to that flex soil during the works.
     
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    I wasn't the tiler, the floor was tiled and covered to protect, the walls were progressing and when I returned today, most of the walls were up.

    Why are the supplier showing images of tiles that look exactly the same colour if in the real world they're completely different?

    If I put up two cladding products next to each other that were meant to be the same colour and they look as apparently different as these two when installed, I'd be instructed to take them down and resupply.
     
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    You need to place the two tiles side by side - do they look the same then?

    Looks to me like the floor is ice grey and the wall smoke grey.

    Did you check the boxes batch codes?

    The supplier is unlikely to do anything now they are laid.
     
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    They wont do anything once they are laid.
     
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    The walls are 100% Ice Grey as the labels are on the boxes, the floors boxes aren’t marked with anything but a colour code.

    When sat side by side there is a very slight difference but it’s noticeable once you know to look for it. When they’re laid it’s apparent.

    I’m in discussion with the supplier, the website is clear as day, the tiles provide a continuous matching look throughout ... which they don’t so I consider that being mis-sold.

    It isn’t unusual for the tiles to be installed by someone other than the customer and for that customer to leave the tiler to it ... unless the tiler knows they should look the same, he will fit them regardless and the problem has been created.

    I’ll see where it goes.
     
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    Please post a photo of the two tiles laid on the existing tiles floor for comparison.
     
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    Why has a full width tile been used to the right of the flexi waste pipe? And why a flexi in the first place?

    BTW, yup I agree that the floor looks completely different from the wall tiles.
     
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    Not being a plumber, what are the issues with using a flexi waste pipe?

    tbf, the toilet pan is back to wall and none of this stuff is visible once it’s in place but if there’s a technical issue with those connectors I’d like to deal with it now
     
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    I'd also be peed off that the joints don't line up.
     
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    That was down to the choice of tile , wall and floor are different size tiles so never going to line up.
     
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    Haha my bad, I didn't catch that bit.
     
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    I am not a plumber either. I just don't like flexi wastes. The ridges hold a very small amount of unmentionables. I completely understand why they are used when it is not possible to move the soil pipe, but that doesn't appear to be the case here.

    I am guessing that your builders thought it would be easier to use than cutting a rigid connector to the correct length. I would be slightly concerned about it not concertinaing correct when it is compressed as the toilet is pushed back.

    That said, my concerns may well be unfounded. Perhaps you can post the photo in the plumbing section to get definitive advice.
     
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    He was having to move the pan left and right a bit to ensure we fit the basin and we into the available space as the whole room is small and it was always going to be tight.

    I was concerned about the wc ending up to close to the wall for comfortable sitting.

    Perhaps he’s using it to give him the flexibility to adjust it on the fly. If it becomes an issue, I suppose it won’t be too much hassle to whip the toilet off and replace the connector.

    The tiles are another matter altogether unfortunately. (n)
     
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    But the grout lines don't line up on the wall given that they used a full tile to the right of the flexi. It may be the case that the toilet pan will hide that, in which case it isn't an issue.

    BTW- the tilling looks pretty good otherwise.
     
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