You might fancy yourself a bit of a DIY fanatic, but do you know where to start when it comes to tiling?
Tiling is a pretty big project, so if you’re set on doing the job yourself then it’s important to make sure you’re being realistic about your skill level. If you don’t feel as though you can confidently do the job yourself, always consult a specialist. If you do feel ready to take it on though, here are a few do’s and don’t when it comes to tiling yourself.
DO Measure Properly
One of the most important parts to DIY tiling, measuring. Get the measurements wrong and your whole project will be ruined. Measure with extreme accuracy and always order some extra tiles just in case. You don’t know how many tiles will need to be trimmed or get accidentally broken or scratched.
DO Make a Tool List
This is ultimately a timesaver, but make sure you have all of the tools you need before starting. There’s nothing worse than setting everything up only to find that you haven’t got something you really need to start. You can find kit lists on the internet, but you can also pop in to your nearest building supplier who will be able to tell you all you need.
DO Think About the Finish
Always think about the room you plan to to tile and what type of tile would be best. For example, a non-slip tile would be excellent for bathrooms to help stop those nasty slips and falls. On the other hand, a highly grossly or polished tile would be better suited as a kitchen wall tile or backsplash for example as this will make cleaning much easier.
DON’T walk on Tiles that are Drying
Whatever you do, don’t walk on floor tiles that you have just installed. This might sound like common sense, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t wait the allocated time before trying out their new floor. Always leave the tiles to set and dry as per suggested times of the packaging on the adhesive and glue you have used. If you’re not sure, just leave it a little longer. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
DON’T Impulse Buy
It’s tempting to just jump on the current designs and buy something that seems incredibly trendy, but will it still look good in ten years? It’s important to remember that tiles last for years and years, and if you’re not a millionaire, you don’t be re-tiling again any time soon. Take time to think about your choice and make sure that it will still be workable when you’re looking to sell on your property.
DON’T Ignore Water Damage
Yes, water damage can still happen, even with tiles. Ignoring damages or leaks will cause irreversible damage to the structure of your home and can cause your tiles to fall or diminish at an incredibly fast rate. When cleaning your tiles, just make sure you’re keeping an eye out for any imperfections that might jump out at you as being odd.