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5 Tips to trouble free tiling

Julie Lord

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There’s no better sight than a freshly tiled space - the perfect hygienic and low maintenance solution for most kitchens and bathrooms. However, whether you’re doing it yourself or using an experienced tradesman, we have 5 top tips to make the tiling process run smoothly.

The correct tools for the job

Tiling is an art-form, and when it comes to the installation it’s vital to have the right equipment ahead of fixing them down. Firstly, ensure you have the correct adhesive for the chosen tile. For instance, a large format wall tile is likely to need a powdered adhesive rather than the traditional pre mixed tubs to give a better fix. Also make sure you have the right tools, including trowels, grout floats, plastic, grout sponges and a decent tile cutter.

Get the right grout

As the last part of a tiling job, grout often gets little consideration, but it plays a vital part in all tile installation. Therefore getting the right grout from the start can save a hassle and time further down the line. First of all, ensure you get the right type of grout for the area – considering whether you need flexible or extra water resistance grout; and of course make sure you get the right colour to complement your tiles.

Examine the surface to be tiled

Before choosing and applying your tile, be sure you examine the area the tiles will be fixed to. Whether it’s a concrete slab, plaster, plywood or fixing to existing tiles, there will be an adhesive solution to make sure your new tiles stay in place for the foreseeable. Also, if you’re considering underfloor heating, this can have an effect on how tiles are laid, so be sure that whoever’s installing the tiles is aware of this before fixing the tiles down.

Prevent unwanted movement

Over time, tiles can move or become displace, this may be due to poor installation as well as structural conditions, size of the area or heavy traffic. To save yourself the expense and hassle of having to replace newly tiled areas, make sure you take advice before fixing. It could be that by using a movement joint or a flexible adhesive and grout could provide a simple solution to any movement you may incur.

Choose the right tile for the job

It may sound obvious, but probably the most important aspect of tiling is the tile itself, so choosing the right tile for your needs and the area is of paramount importance. Not all tiles are the same and can’t be used in all areas. For example, floor and wall tiles have different composites, so be sure to seek advice from a tile specialist beforehand and consider all options whether it’s ceramic wall tiles or porcelain floor tiles .

Hopefully with these pointers you’ll have all the tips you need to an amazing finished product with your next tiling project.


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