BS 5385-1:2018 is a British Standard that provides guidelines for the installation of ceramic tiles in internal and external tiling applications. The standard covers a range of topics, including the preparation of the substrate, the selection and use of adhesive, and the installation of the tiles themselves.
Here are some key points covered by BS 5385-1:2018:
- Substrate preparation: The standard recommends that the substrate be clean, dry, and free from any contaminants that could affect the adhesion of the tiles. It also provides guidance on the preparation of different types of substrates, including concrete, cementitious screeds, and timber.
- Adhesive selection: The standard provides guidance on the selection of adhesive based on the type of tile being used, the substrate, and the intended use of the tiled area. It also provides guidance on the mixing and application of adhesive.
- Tile installation: The standard provides guidance on the installation of different types of tiles, including ceramic, porcelain, and natural stone tiles. It covers topics such as the selection of grout, the use of spacers, and the cutting and placement of tiles.
- Movement joints: The standard provides guidance on the installation of movement joints, which are necessary to accommodate any movement that may occur in the substrate or tiles. It covers the selection of joint type, placement, and installation.
- Maintenance: The standard provides guidance on the maintenance of tiled surfaces, including regular cleaning and re-grouting as necessary.
Overall, BS 5385-1:2018 provides comprehensive guidance on the installation of ceramic tiles and is a valuable resource for contractors, installers, and designers involved in tiling projects.
If your tile fixer is not working to British Standards, it is important to address the issue as soon as possible to avoid potential problems with the installation or long-term durability of the tiled surface.