A Glimpse at Tiling for Beginners

Tiling is of two types. Wall tiling and floor tiling. We will be dealing with the former before we go on to discuss the latter. While to the novice, the task of tiling a wall on one own may seem complicated, such is hardly the case. Using the correct toolkit and the right sort of mindset is a piece of cake. Before you even begin laying on the glue or adjusting the tilework, you have to make sure the wall’s surface is hygienic, moisture-free and at an even angle. Any nooks and crannies have got to go. What you will need includes: 

  • Tiles for Walls
  • Tile Glue
  • A Substance called Grout
  • Latex Gloves
  • A Trowel
  • Spirit Level
  • Measuring Tape
  • A Bucket for the Mixture

Firstly, calculate how many tiles the wall will require. The area in the form of height and width is of chief importance. Once you have got the figures down pat, buy the tiles. Start at the core of the wall and work outwards. Make sure the alignment of the tiles is correct. Do all the prep work beforehand with a ruler, spirit level and markers after removing the previous tiles (if they are there in the first place). 

Apply some of the glue with the trowel and adjust the first tile on it. After this step, the rest is all a continuity of the same original action. Tile spacers will be necessary along the way. The Grout is also another hurdle that you have to manage so that everything is just right in the end. Grout makes the precise joining of the tiles with each other possible. 

Finally, when the job is done, you will need a cloth to clean up any extra glue left on the tiles. The cutting and filling of loose tiles is a must towards the end of the job. 

Coming to tiling a floor is pretty much the same thing with a few differences, which we will detail. For the DIY layman who wants to lay tiles on a floor, he will first need to apply a proper coating that supports the tiles. There can be four kinds: previous tilework, mortar, cement and plywood. If the already existent tilework needs a new veneer, any imperfections need to be evened out. A little application with sandpaper helps too. Wash the floor with a strong detergent before you even think of beginning the tilework, though. 

If it is the mortar, it will be slightly more complicated than in the other cases. Tile mastic is recommended. As for plywood, two layers of plywood would be suitable. Once everything is excellent and ready, lay out the tiles in a neat and clean pattern. It is advisable to do the whole process in a dry manner before you lay on the glue. This way, you will notice any mistakes that would be too difficult to correct where you begin with, the glue from the first moment. 

Next, cut the tiles with a cutter. Also, examine the layout thoroughly. Use the trowel to lay the adhesive on the floor base and finally hammer the tiles into their fixed place using a mallet. Employ the grout solution to seal the spaces between the tiles. A release agent will ensure that the extra Grout will be washed away. Give it some time to dry out (say a day or two), and you are good to go. 

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