The historic city of Leeds is filled with prime examples of Victorian design & architecture. As the largest city in West Yorkshire, its heritage and culture can be seen through stunning examples of original Victorian, Edwardian & Georgian tiling design.
From Mosaic Storm door entrance ways to Geometric hallways, the tiling designs seen in so many of these period homes in Leeds is truly something to see and to preserve.
While Leeds may be filled with stunning architectural design from these eras, it does not mean that the tiled rooms of all the Victorian homes in the area have survived fully intact. Cracked tiles, rising damp and a general lack of ‘TLC’ has left many Victorian era Fireplace Hearths, Hallways, Entrance ways, bathrooms and pathways in a state of disrepair.
And that is where we come in. We are Were Tiling. A specialist Victorian tiler that works on conservation & contemporary mosaic and geometric tiling repairs. Covering all of the North of England, we have built our name on the results we achieve for our customers.
What does restoration tiling involve?
You can find out more information about what is involved in restoration tiling in the link below.
As you can see from this gallery, the results that we can achieve from a mosaic tile restoration project can be something quite special.
Conservation tiling restoration is a specialist tiler service.
At Were Tiling, we truly are one of the leading experts in Geometric and Mosaic tiling restoration in Leeds for Victorian, Edwardian and Georgian era tiling designs.
When we take on a tiling restoration project, we work tirelessly to ensure that the restoration uses as much of the original tiling as possible in order to best keep the original look and feel. And when we cannot use original tiles because they are simply too badly damaged and cannot be repaired, we move heaven and earth to best colour and style match replacements. Victorian Tiling Restoration is a skilled artwork that requires patience and a clearly laid out ‘plan of attack’. So how do we tackle a tiling restoration project?
With any conservation floor tiling project (for example), we begin by removing the existing tiles from the damaged flooring area so we can analyse the original substrate. We grind down the mortar so that the tiles, when refitted, can be installed flat and flush with the original mosaic tiles. From this point, we send some of the original tiles away to be matched by our tile supplier in London. Tracings and drawings of areas of repair are made so we can start cutting and making the mosaics to be installed. Then the cleaning of the original tiles can commence.
We do all of the tile cleaning with a combination of machine and hand cleaning. Using specialist floor machines, combined with diamond cleaning pads that only require water (though occasionally we have to use cleaning products depending on the state of the floor). Once the floor has been stripped and cleaned. The floor is left to dry for 7 to 14 days. This is to let the base dry out and any efflorescence (salts) come to the surface of the floor. Once the base is dry we return to colour intensify and seal the floor. This can be burnished with either a Matt finish, which leaves the floor in a more natural state. Or we can seal the floor in a wax coating. This is a more traditional way the floors were probably originally finished, although this finish does require more maintenance.
Across Leeds, whether you are looking at restoring the tiling of your storm door, entrance way, hallway or fireplace, call on Were Tiling. Call Andrew 07932 716 716.
We can also offer commisioned tiling design work that is ideal for creating a wow factor for commercial premises.
We were replacing a carpet in our hall and discovered the original Victorian tiling was still there. Andrew came to our home, looked at the tiling and gave us a quote with no hassle. His attention to detail and careful and methodical approach are clear in the end results. We are so delighted with the work that he has done. We never thought about having a tiled hallway but we are more than delighted with the results and it has increased the value of our home considerably.
We were looking for our Storm Door area and hallway to have a matching contemporary geometric tile design to them. We want a modern take that worked with our period Victorian home. Andrew was one of three tilers we call. He was the only one who took any measurements and really looked at the set up that we wanted. We went Were because they seemed to know what they were talking about and we were impressed with their detailed quote breakdown. It meant we knew exactly what to expect. And the end result - we could not be more happy with the end results. Our hallway looks better than ever.
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