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When two tiles are not level and the edge of one is higher than the next, it is referred to a 'lipping.' If a tiler leaves the project with excessive lipping tiles, he should be asked to fix them. The installation standards allow some lipping up to 2mm at the very most and in some cases where the tiles fall to drains lipping may be unavoidable unless transverse cuts are incorporated in the tiling.

What can cause the problem?

Lipping can occur if the tiler sets large or heavy tiles into a thick bed of adhesive and the tile settles or slumps unevenly into the adhesive. There are special adhesives available for these large format tiles that will minimise this issue.

If a tile is not quite flat, extra care must be taken when laying tiles to avoid lipping. There are standards within ceramic manufacturing that allow for a certain amount of curvature across a tile. Only tiles that satisfy the standard will be sold as first grade.

The standards also cover an allowable variation in tile size, or dimension. Within this standard, tiles can be laid without obvious uneven or crooked joints. All Beaumont Tiles are graded within these tolerances.

So what can I do now?

If the finished tiled floor has uneven grout joints, or lipping on the edges of tiles, you will need to talk to the tiler or builder about rectification.

The issue of lipping can cause a person to trip. It is also likely that the tiles will chip where the surface of a floor between tiles is uneven. This is especially the case if heavy furniture is dragged across the uneven edge.

Your tiles will last a long time, and you should expect that they are laid flat and even with consistent grout joints.