17 May 2015

6 Tips for a Beautifully Tiled Wall

With some preparation you can tile a wall in a weekend. When buying tiles, work out how many you need by multiplying the length and width of the wall area and dividing this figure by the area of a single tile. Remember to allow an extra 10-15% for cutting and wastage.

Here are six tips for creating a beautifully tiled wall:

TIP #1 - Don't forget your waterproofing. This is one of the most important steps in the process. Do your research and be meticulous with the application. In the case of bathrooms, only use waterproofing products made for that purpose, as they will have to deal with both water and mould.

TIP # 2 - Follow the lines. Providing that your wall is already square/plumb, draw a grid on the wall to use as extra guides. Lay your bottom row first and then work your way up the wall one row at a time. With grids in place you can be confident that when you reach the top row, everything will still line up.

TIP # 3 - Preserve your symmetry. For example, to achieve a perfect brick bond pattern measure the middle of the tile, mark with a pencil and then lay the tile. Using your straight edge, check that the tiles are all sitting at the same height from the surface and press in any tiles that stick out.

TIP # 4 - Let the spacers do their work. Removing the spacers before the wall tiles are not dry may result in your wall tiles dropping slightly. Even a tiny amount of movement could cause misalignment. Also remember that some wall tiles are heavy and you may have to leave the first few rows to dry before beginning on the areas above.

TIP # 5 - Consider mitred edges or trims. When you have an outward facing corner such as a bath area, a mitred cut is a great way to finish. Simply turn the tile over and shave the tile on a 45 degree angle. Repeat this process with the joining tiles and its ready for gluing.

TIP # 6 – Apply glue correctly. Start from the centre line and start applying adhesive from the point where your centre line meets the baton. Apply the glue with a trowel horizontally, and spread the adhesive onto the wall. Using a smaller notched trowel, evenly spread out approximately four tiles worth of glue. Then press the first tile into the adhesive firmly moving across the direction of the beads (horizontally).

Disclaimer: these posts contain general tiling information only. If you need advice, you should seek professional advice based on your particular circumstances.