A newbie’s guide to laying beautiful tile for any room!

A newbie’s guide to laying beautiful tile for any room!

Tiles have a long history that dates back around 4000 years, but when you start your first ever tiling project you’re bound to need some tips to help you to master the art. Although tiling may look complicated, it’s surprisingly easy to approach and when you pay attention to this helpful advice, you’ll find that you can easily achieve the effect you’ve been dreaming of while saving yourself money!

What Supplies Will You Need?

  • Tile Markers
  • A mixing paddle
  • A drill
  • Screws
  • Backerboard
  • Grout
  • Mortar
  • Tile Saw
  • Trowels
  • Measuring tape
  • Bucket
  • Knee pads
  • Utility knife
  • Spacers
  • Straight edge
  • Level
  • Sponges
  • Tiles

Step One

Ensure that your surface has been cleaned of all dust and dirt by vacuuming the space and checking for any exposed nail heads or loose plywood. Once the area is tidy, install the backerboard to provide a protective, even surface which is resistant to moisture. Use a utility knife or scoring knife to cut the boards and then snap it along the edge. Stagger each sheet as it is laid down as you won’t want the sheets to come together corner to corner – leave a gap of 1/8” between every sheet. Use a trowel to apply a small amount of mortar in a thin layer under each sheet. Screw or nail on the backerboard.

Step Two

Start tiling from the back wall of the space and work forwards. Mix the mortar following the directions and trowel it onto the backer board covering enough space to accommodate two tiles. Lay one and tap it down. You can use tile spacers to achieve a uniform gap between each tile. Work down row by row and use a tile saw to cut the end pieces. Once you reach the final row you will need to measure and cut carefully to ensure the perfect fit. Once you have finished, you need to wait for it to set before removing the spacers and troweling grout into the gaps. Keep the tiles as clean as possible as cleaning grout off once it has dried is virtually impossible.

Extra Tips

  • Take the time to ensure all debris and dust is removed from the floor before you begin
  • Don’t buy the most expensive tools if this is your first project.
  • Keep all of your tools as clean as possible, and remember to rinse off all grout and mortar before it has time to set.
  • Plan your tiling route before you begin to avoid tiling yourself accidentally into a corner.

When you follow these newbie tiling tips, you’ll find that your project is much simpler than you first imagined. You’ll be able to achieve a great result and save yourself a fortune instead of engaging a professional contractor at a high cost to do the job for you. Once you’ve tiled one room, you won’t be able to wait to do it again!

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