Transporting bathroom tiles

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If you're planning a renovation, you're going to be faced with a lot of challenges, not easy decisions and difficult purchases. One of the more problematic items that almost all of us have had to buy is tiles (both bathroom and kitchen). I won't suggest which tiles to choose, because we don't talk about tastes, but in this text I will reveal how to transport them safely.

How to secure bathroom tiles before transport?

It certainly doesn't need to be explained to anyone that tiles are a delicate commodity that requires special care. This is why it is common to buy a few extra tiles in advance, in order to have a spare in case of possible damage that may occur not only during transport, but also during installation. Tiles are quite an expensive purchase, which makes it all the more important to take care of them during transport. This does not mean that you cannot transport them on your own, but it is certainly not an easy task.

Here are some tips on how to transport tiles safely:

Always transport terracotta in the manufacturer's packaging. Not only because it is then professionally packed. It is worth knowing that manufacturers often apply a glue-like substance to each tile, which further cushions the tiles. This can be easily washed off later when the tiles are installed.

Tiles should not be worn alone. For example, the increasingly popular porcelain stoneware tiles can weigh up to several kilos (a piece!). This is no weight for one person. Therefore, remember to do it with the support of others. In addition, it is important to use the right equipment. A transport trolley is helpful, which is not expensive but very useful during any renovation.

Tiles are best transported in the boot on a straight and stable surface. Carrying them in the back seat is highly risky. Not only can you damage the tiles, but you can also hurt yourself, for example if you were to have a car accident during transport.

Tiles (especially rough or those with decorations) are strongly susceptible to any movement, including minor vibrations. Therefore, the packages should stand close together so that the tiles do not move. Many manufacturers recommend that tiles should be placed vertically 'at attention'. This reduces friction, which can lead to serious damage.

Tiles placed in the boot should be protected from the outside, especially if there are spaces left in the boot. If this is the case, they need to be filled with cardboard boxes, fabrics or cushions. This is all to ensure that the tiles do not move during the journey. The tiles themselves can also be covered with a blanket for extra protection.

When driving, the driver should be as careful as possible, avoiding sudden braking and exaggerated speed on sharp bends.

What are the methods of transporting ceramic tiles?

Transporting bathroom tiles and tile by road can be done in various ways, depending on the amount of material, distance, budget and available resources. Below are some of the most commonly used methods:

Road transport:

The most commonly used method is car transport. This can be transport carried out by van, truck or, for larger quantities, by TIR.

Van: If we are talking about smaller quantities of tiles, a van is usually sufficient. Its advantages are low costs and the possibility of delivering directly to the destination.

Truck: For larger quantities of tiles, trucks are a better choice. They can carry much more goods and have the advantage of being able to secure the load on a pallet, which makes the loading and unloading process much easier.

TIR transport: For very large quantities of tiles, for example when transporting over long distances or between countries, TIR transport is used. This is the largest type of land transport available and allows a large amount of goods to be transported at one time.

How do I organise the transport of tiles with a transport company?

Organising the transport of bathroom tiles or terracotta with an overland transport company requires proper planning and preparation.

Choosing a Transport Company: Finding the right transport company is crucial. First of all, the company should have experience in transporting building materials, including ceramic tiles. You can use online transport exchanges, where you receive quotes from various transport providers after making an enquiry.

Type of Car: The type of car depends on the quantity and weight of the tiles. Usually, trucks with tarpaulins or containers are used for transporting ceramic tiles, which provide protection from the weather. For smaller quantities, vans can be used.

Packing of Tiles: ceramic tiles are a fragile cargo that can easily be damaged. Tiles should be packed appropriately, preferably in the original manufacturer's cardboard boxes for optimum protection. It is also important that the tiles are stably placed on the pallet and wrapped in stretch film.

Securing the Cargo: The tiles should be properly secured on the vehicle. They should be placed in such a way that they do not move during the journey. Transport straps or other means of securing are used for this purpose.

Insurance: When transporting bathroom tiles, it is worth considering additional cargo insurance. Although the transport provider is responsible for safe transportation, insurance can cover potential damage that may occur during transport.

Documentation: Make sure all necessary documents are in place, such as the consignment note (CMR), customs documents (if applicable) and documents proving the value of the cargo.

Communication with the transport company: Regular communication with the transport company is essential. Make sure the company has clear instructions on where to deliver, when to deliver, and what procedures to take if there are problems with the transport.

Remember that the key to successfully transporting your bathroom tiles is proper preparation and choosing a trusted transport provider.


What are the sizes and weights of the bathroom tiles?

The sizes and weights of bathroom tiles can vary considerably depending on their type, manufacturer and application.

Tile sizes:

Bathroom tiles can come in a wide range of sizes, from very small mosaics (e.g. 2x2 cm, 5x5 cm) to large formats (e.g. 60x60 cm, 120x60 cm). Size is often chosen for aesthetic and functional reasons - smaller tiles may be better for smaller spaces or complex shapes, while larger formats can appear more luxurious and are often used in modern designs.

Tile weight:

The weight of tiles depends on their size, thickness and the material they are made from. For example, a standard glazed ceramic tile measuring 30x30 cm and around 8-10 mm thick can weigh around 1.5-2 kg. Larger 60x60 cm tiles can weigh up to 8 kg apiece.

Porcelain tiles tend to be heavier than ceramic tiles because they are denser and often thicker. Natural stone tiles, such as marble or granite, can weigh even more.

Always check product specifications or consult the manufacturer or supplier for accurate information on tile size and weight.

Remember that both the size and weight of the tiles will affect your transport planning, especially if you are transporting a large number of tiles. Larger and heavier tiles may require additional equipment for loading and unloading, and may also affect transport costs.