DIY – Advice for Tile Installation

  • Accurately measure the area to be tiled, and double check the measurements. 
  • Normally, 10% of wastage is required for tile purchase. You might want to keep a few tiles to replace any damaged flooring. 
  • Remember that bigger tiles will use less gout.
  • Dry lay the tiles (space them out on the floor) in advance to see how they look and how well they fit together on the floor.
  • Waterproof showers and wet areas before you tile them.
  • Always seal natural stone surfaces that are to be covered in tiles.
  • Wear latex gloves when tiling as the grout will dry out and scratch skin
  • New types of grout (epoxy) will prevent almost all issues with mould. 
  • Ensure that tiles are dry and dust free before putting in place. This prevents issues with loose or uneven tiles latter on.
  • Use tile spacers to ensure that the spaces are even. These are available in variants between 1mm and 3mm. Spacers can be cross shaped and T shaped for corners.
  • Make sure the area is well lit, so you can see any imperfections or tile alignment issues as early as possible.
  • If you need to cut tiles you will need a wet wheel tile cutter. These are a little pricy, so unless you intend to install many tiled floors it is better to rent one.
  • Mark where the tiles need to be cut with a grease pencil.
  • Leave any tile cutting until all the other whole tiles are in place
  • If you need to drill holes in a tile it is best to use a diamond tipped bit, which are more accurate than a masonry bit. Other types of bit are no at all appropriate.
  • Clean tools and materials outside with a garden hose. Do not use a sink or the grout will clog the drain.
  • Apply silicon to any edges where the tiles meet a skirting board. This allows for temperature expansion and contraction.

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