10 tips for perfect tiling. Tiling is one of those jobs that seems easier than it actually is. Almost anyone can lay tiles, but it takes time and practice to lay tiles well!
DIY Extra is full of guides and tips for anyone thinking about tiling a wall, floor, splashback or any other area of their homes.
Here are 10 guides on tiling, each of which are full of useful tips, and will help you to improve your knowledge and skills when it comes time to crack open the tile adhesive and refurbish that bathroom or kitchen.
Laying ceramic tiles is one of those DIY jobs which is fairly easy for anyone to do, but more difficult to do well. Preparation, as with most DIY jobs, is the key here. If you don’t have a solid and flat base for the tiles to adhere to, getting a good finish is going to be a lot more difficult. You also need to plan properly, working out where you will start tiling and how many tiles you will need to complete the area.
Tiling can be daunting to the novice DIY-er. It can seem like a far more complex task than hanging wallpaper, for instance. With tiling, as with most DIY tasks, good preparation is the key to success.
Having a stable surface to work with, ensuring that you know how to plan and mark a field of wall tiles, and understanding how to cut and shape tiles correctly will all help to make your tiling project run smoothly. Before tackling any tiling, be sure to follow these simple rules.
With all the correct tools, and a little bit of patience, tiling flat walls is a fairly simple job. Tiling around pipes and other awkward areas can, however, be tricky if not planned and done correctly. The most important thing to take into consideration when tiling these awkward areas is cutting the tiles.
Make sure you have a good quality Tile Cutter and Tile Saw before you start. It is also worth buying a tile Template Former or Profile Gauge.
One of the most important factors in making a good job of any tiling project is careful planning. It is not always the best idea to just start in the corner with a full tile and work up or across from that. This method might leave you with a very small and unsightly row at the top or side of the wall/floor.
To avoid this problem, make yourself a Gauge Stick before you start.
If you are planning on redecorating a kitchen or bathroom, it is likely that you will need to remove some (or all) of the tiles. It is perfectly possible to paint over tiles or even fix new tiles on top of old, but if you want to paint or wallpaper your room, knowing the best way to remove tiles without damaging the wall too much is useful.
Tiles in older houses are often stuck down with cement mortar which is difficult to completely remove. In this case you may have to have apply a skim coat of plaster before you paint or paper the wall. Tiles in newer or more recently redecorated houses will probably be attached with tile adhesive. This is far easier to remove than cement mortar, but you may still end up pulling away chunks of the underlying plaster. In this case you will, at the very least, need to use filler to make the wall good before decorating.