Top tips for tiling your home

Many people prefer tiling since it adds value and beauty. Before undertaking a tiling project, it is important to consider various tile installation tips for you to achieve a professional result. The following are tips that everyone should consider before installing tiles.

Choosing Tiles

Before purchasing your tiles, you should ensure that they have a uniform coloring. You can achieve this by making sure that the boxes have a uniform lot number. You should also consider the pattern and texture of the tiles. You can choose a polished finished or matt, depending on your preference. The tile size is also an important consideration. Choose small-sized tiles for small areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, and toilets.



Use proper tiling tools

It is imperative to have all the accessories  you will need before starting a tile installation task. Organize your tiling tools to avoid stepping on freshly laid tiles just to pick equipment. The following are the tools you will need when tiling.

  • Tile marker
  • Tile file
  • Tile spacers
  • Tile cutter
  • Grout finisher
  • Spirit level
  • Sponge
  • Junior hacksaw
  • Soft cloth
  • Grout float
  • Notched trowel (10 or 12mm)
  • Safety goggles
  • Knee pads
  • Dust mask
  • Rubber gloves
  • Tape ruleTop tips for tiling your home - leveling

Planning your tile layout

Ensure that you accurately measure the surface you are tiling. Calculate the windows, shelves and other obstacles. Also, remember to leave spaces for grout. You should plan your layout according to space. Use large tiles in spacious rooms and small tiles in tiny rooms. Remember to draw the layout of the floor or wall. This will give you an idea of your project’s appearance when it’s complete. Know the exact number of the tiles you need and buy extra tiles in case of mistakes. Ensure that the surface is flat and clean.

Grouting

Grouting is essential since it beautifies the whole space and hides any imperfections. The color of the grout should complement with the tile color. Use a rubber grouting float when smoothing the grout into the crevices and cracks. Use a sponge clear excess grout. Remember to scrub off any grout that will remain.

Sealing

After you finish laying your tiles, you must protect them by sealing. Grout is porous and absorbs stains and water if not sealed. Sealing should be done annually so as to maintain the appearance of your grout.

Tiling requires dedication and patience. You can save money by doing it yourself since it is hard. You can start on small surfaces before tackling large projects.
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