Installing tiles in the kitchen or in the bathroom is hard work. These simple tips will not solve all the problems with laying tiles, but they will help to avoid the most common problems.
So, below are the TOP5 effective wall tile laying tips:
- It is important to mix the composition correctly. It is necessary to mix a thin solution or grout, then leave for 10 minutes. This will give the dry pieces time to absorb water before final mixing. After all the preparatory and mock-up works, it will be possible to start laying the tiles.
But you need to wait a little time to absorb water, this will help to achieve a smooth mixture without pieces. A short mixture will drive you crazy when you try to apply a thin layer to a wall or floor.
- You need to give a little room for maneuver. With skirtings removed, measurements and cuts may not be entirely accurate. Styling will be faster. You can lay the tiles along the same skirting boards and close the gap. The baseboard will hide chips and minor errors, so it is better to install it later.
- The obvious way to wall a wall is to start from the bottom and move up. And this helps if the base of the wall (usually the floor or bath) is perfectly flat.
If not, then the tile will simply reinforce the flaws - there will be offset tiles and grout lines that vary in width.
For a flat surface, you need to place a flat board on the wall, leaving a clearance lower - about 1/2 inch less than a full tile.
- Avoid buying cheap and low-quality materials. Although cheap and low-quality are not always connected, but if the tile starts to crack, it will be difficult to remove and replace it in parts. The tile is difficult to replace. It's one thing to paint low-quality interior paint or replace a bad ceiling lamp; a completely different thing is to decide what to do with the tiles in the whole room.
To avoid such problems, you should buy high-quality tiles from well-known, recognized tile manufacturers and be sure to follow the correct methods for installing the tiles.
- The base surface should always have a waterproof substrate. There are several ways to do it, including installing a layer of plastic sheet, applying a brush to waterproof membranes through a cardboard cement base, or using a special board with a built-in waterproof membrane.
What tips were helpful to you? Did you make mistakes when laying tiles?