The Preparation of a Wall for Tilework

There are several steps involved in preparing a wall for tiling. If you follow the ones mentioned below, you will hopefully have a quality tiled wall by the end of the process. So here goes nothing. Firstly, you need to ensure that the surface of the wall is neat and clean. Also, make sure it is even. If there is any dampness in it, remove it by any means possible. Now comes the application of the glue and the sticking on of each tile. Yet, in actuality, the prep work is not as simple as just doing this. You need a solid base on which to apply the tiles.

Do away with any tacks, nails or fittings beforehand and also remove layers of old plaster. If there is any wallpaper, scraps of which exist, remove it as well. The damaged parts of the wall have to be repaired before you can think of proceeding with the rest of the work. Then you also need to apply sandpaper to make the surface a level and even an entity. Choose the right primer for the wall as well. Go ahead and measure the area in square feet. Estimate the total number of tiles you will need and buy them from the ceramics store. Buy a few extra in case some of them get broken by accident during the tilework.

Following Wollongong tiling advice, you should choose the right glue for the job. Whereas amateurs will select a liquid solution, professionals will always go for a powder. It just works better in the long run. If there are any rough edges or bumps along the wall’s surface, things will turn out to be disastrous. So make sure such an event is avoided at all costs. The fact of the matter is that it’s a case of different strokes for different folks. Every type of surface has to have its kind of glue and style of application of tiles. Consult an expert if you feel unsure, and you can always go online and see YouTube tutorials to get the hang of the tilework.

To get rid of uneven surface worries, tile board backers are a must. They are a wise solution for bathroom, kitchen and shower areas. The only drawback is that they cost a little more than the usual home improvement item. You can, in practice, put novel tiles on top of old ones if you are a bit lazy and don’t want all the hassles that go with tiling. Yet it is a good idea to remove the old tiles before you put on the new ones. Also, inspect the surface ahead of time. Make sure that it is smooth as silk. That will allow the new tiles to stick to it like scales on top of a reptile’s skin. There won’t be any mismatch, and you will end up a happy man or woman with a perfectly tiled wall.

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.