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Re-laying Old Norfolk Pamments

Discussion in 'Tile Cleaning & Restoration' started by mark Ashford, Mar 19, 2015.

  1. mark Ashford

    mark Ashford New Contributor

    I have to re-lay about 15sq m of 1 ½ inch thick 9 in square red antique Norfolk Pamments, a softish clay tile like terracotta with lovely variegated colouring. Many are worn with the footfall of a century and a half and upon re=laying widespread lippage will be inevitable. They are to be laid on a screed floor in a hallway with underfloor heating.

    Is this material suitable for grinding after laying with a floor grinder? If so what sort of grinder and abrasive pads to use? Wet or dry? Before or after grouting?

    Would it be feasible to cut the pamments horizontally to make two ¾ in thick tiles out of each with nice flat surfaces? I haven't found anyone with the machinery to do such a job so far.

    Any opinions, thoughts or recommendations appreciated.
     
  2. DavidCarr

    DavidCarr Tiling Forum Admin Staff Member

    Hi Mark,

    They would be easy to grind down but the surface you would reveal wouldn't be hard enough to be trafficked. When you cut them in half you can see they have a hard outer crust layer formed during their time in the kiln, this is what gives them their abrasion resistance. They are a pretty soft material and easy damaged with abrasive brushes, they look great cleaned and sealed with a colour enhancing impregnator.
     
  3. Joe @ Hillhead Tiling

    Joe @ Hillhead Tiling Awesome Contributor

    Surely the lippage on these looks good? Also when laying they could be adjusted with the proper adhesive to get close??
     
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  4. mark Ashford

    mark Ashford New Contributor

    You'd trip over them with that much lippage!

    Anyhow, what sort of grinding machine should I use? These things last hundreds of years and wear slowly, certainly right through the outer layer and it doesn't seem to matter much as long as you keep them sealed and polished.
     
  5. Joe @ Hillhead Tiling

    Joe @ Hillhead Tiling Awesome Contributor

    Would you not hire a specialist to grind it?
     
  6. mark Ashford

    mark Ashford New Contributor

    sure, but who?
     
  7. DavidCarr

    DavidCarr Tiling Forum Admin Staff Member

    Where are you based Mark?
     
  8. mark Ashford

    mark Ashford New Contributor

    S Norfolk
     

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