Tips for a Beautifully Tiled Floor

Posted On July 18th, 2017

Some planning and reading beforehand can make a DIY tiling much easier. It is best to tile your floor first if you are tiling the walls as well. Here are seven tips to help create a beautiful tiled space:

1. Mix tiles from different boxes before application.

There can be variations between batches with ceramic and porcelain tiles. Ensure that any shade variation stays consistent by mixing your tiles from several different boxes. However, the shade variation in stone tiles varies piece by piece and is intentional and naturally occurring.

2. Decide where to place your first tile.

This step is very important. Measure the space you are going to tile carefully and mark a line through the centre of the room and create a grid-like pattern. Work your way outwards. To see how the tiles look, lay tiles without gluing first. This is very important for both Residential Tiling & Commercial Tiling.

3. Correctly apply glue to the tiles.

Mix the adhesive and using the correct notched trowel spread the glue. What trowel size should to be used is determined by the type of tile. Generally, a 10cm trowel is used for larger tiles such as 600 x 600mm and a 12 mm trowel is used for heavy stone tiles. Use enough pressure to make the beads even when applying glue. Make sure to apply enough glue to lay 2-3 tiles at a time. Ensure a minimum of 90% glue coverage on each tile. Butter the back of tiles using a flat edge not more than 400mm in size.

4. Lay your tiles carefully using marked lines for your first row of tiles.

These lines are your guide so do not cover the lines with glue. With a backward-forward movement place each tile firmly into the adhesive to eliminate and prevent air pockets/voids underneath and to ensure adhesion.

5. Do not spread too much glue at one time.

Instead, work along the room in small sections and scrape up the excess glue before it dries. Make sure there are no lumps. Work in areas approximately one square metre at a time when spreading glue.

6. Use spacers to keep the gaps consistent.

Spacers will allow you to place your tiles nice and straight with even grout lines. When the glue dries, it is easy to remove the standing spacers upright on their corners.

7. A neat finish can be obtained using trims in areas such as hallways.

To create a clean border between the tiles and other surfaces it is recommended you use tile trims.

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