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    I've just removed the front quarry tiles from the pathway to the front door and want to put something back down but not sure what yet.

    The area is 4m2 and would like something period. But at £90 per m2 for mosaics I can't justify almost £500 for such a small area.

    What suggestions do you have?
    Herringbone or similar engineering bricks?

    Could use a mix of blue and red.
    I've only got an inch to play with, as the concrete beneath looks to have been done 20yrs ago so I'd rather just relay on top
    I've only got an inch to play with, as the concrete beneath looks to have been done 20yrs ago so I'd rather just relay on top
    Brick slips?
    • CommentAuthorbarney
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2017
    Re use the old tiles ?

    Why did you take them up ?

    The old ones were the glazed quarry tiles, obviously been replaced at some point. They were cracked, half were missing and a tripping hazard.

    Rather than try to match them I thought I'd rather take them up and lay something new.

    Possibly considering laying a few slabs as stepping stones and infilling the gaps with slate chippings.
    I think decent reproduction Victorian pathway tiles are expensive, at least I couldn't find any cheap ones.
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2017
    Reuse +1 add a new border or find extra tiles
    • CommentAuthorbarney
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2017
    I bought about 600 red and black 6" encaustic tiles 2 years ago for about £150

    You can pick them up for about £1.00 each for smaller quantities

    Like Tony - use what you can, make good with a border of reclaimed - they don't need to be a perfect match

    Give them a good going over with brick cleaning acid before you lay (and after if you're a messy bugger with the cementitious grout)


    Can't reuse, they've been smashed up...
    • CommentAuthorbarney
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2017
    Silly Billy - Buy a couple of nice stone flags then - infill between and around with material of choice

    Or put in a few border elements and walk on the gravel/slate scree or whatever

    If cost is the issue, screed it with a bit of stonedust concrete back to levels

    Or if there are a few Pikeys local, put a bit of tarmac down - top coat not base coat - nice fine aggregate with a few white chippings rolled in.

    Or, you work(ed) for the council - you must have a contact in Highways can point you towards current projects - slip the driver a few quid for a part load of tarmac

    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2017
    No redo with new tiles similar style and pattern
    • CommentAuthorbarney
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2017
    Agreed Tony - cost is the barrier, it appears

    As I said, a browse around salvage shows a reasonable price on reclaimed tiles


    I was thinking of using black and white tiles laid at a 45 degree angle, no need for a border, something similar to the attached.

    Not sure on supplier etc.

    Most suppliers seem to add a premium being 'victorian'. They're just a basic black and white tile...
    Please share if you find a good supplier.

    I have a relatively simple black and white pattern (although we do have a border), but I could not find a supplier of good quality, outdoor rated, non-slip tiles that was cheap. I used a very good company near to my home in London in the end, but they were very expensive.
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2017 edited
    I reckon black and orange/red but I don't have to yours clean
    • CommentAuthorFred56
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2017
    I had some tiles put in a shop door entrance a few months ago during a general refit. They were found on Johnson Tiles website. They had the required slip resistance and colours in the range that gave me an acceptable difference in light reflectance. I think they were 200x200mm and the material was unglazed porcelain. You could replicate what's in your photo choosing from the range of colours.
    I doubt they were cheap though.
    Before anyone starts, I have no connection with the tile company but the site is useful because it contains what you need to know when putting together a schedule of works.
    I'm going to copy this exact pattern and colour scheme, will be simple enough for me to lay with no border just start from the door and work my way back.

    Any preference to porcelain or quarry tile?

    When laying do I use spacers? I don't recall ever seeing quarry tiles with grout lines? If so what size?

    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2017
    Posted By: VictorianecoI don't recall ever seeing quarry tiles with grout lines?

    You mean apart from in the photo you posted?
    Haha yeah, there weren't any in the ones I uplifted...
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