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DIY Tiling Advice

Checkout some of our DIY tiling advice threads on TilersForums.com.

  • Most tutorials suggest 'pushing firmly'. How do you know how firmly, and how can you ensure that each tile is 'equally' pushed into adhesive, ensuring it's level?
  • How do you know when you need a new scoring wheel on a manual (Rubi) tile cutter? Is there anyway to know before tiles aren’t snapping cleanly?
  • Hey All, So we're in the midst of a project and it's been interesting. Is there a type of edging that can be used to "hide" and/or protect the edges of the tile that are protruding? While some are flush many are not (I realize the walls are uneven and the thin set was not […]
  • Hello, after watching so many instructional videos and planing, I just can't understand how to tile a simple drywall construction in our bathroom. I got some good advice here so I hope you guys can help me on this one. Basically, there is a drywall construction (1.10 m high, 20 cm deep) where the installations […]
  • So probably a basic question but this is my first attempt at tiling and want to get it absolutely right. If I start with a full tile from the upstands, there are several sockets which would be in the way of the 2nd row. Would it be better to reduce the height of the 1st […]
  • As stated we love seeing your DIY stuff! Take a couple of photos and show off your project here!!! I'll go first with my dad's handiwork tiling the bathroom!
  • Hi, super basic question, Okay to prime standard multifinish surface and left to dry the day before tiler comes, with Bond It SBR Admixture 1:1 with water? SBR Admixture A styrene butadiene copolymer latex, which increases flexibility of cement screeds and mortars and improves water and chemical resistance and durability. – bond-it.co.uk/builders-complete-range/sbr-admixture Thanks!

Tanking and Wetroom Tiling Advice

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  • Hi, A newcomer here and thank you to anyone with the patience to read my drivel. I am renovating an old stone house, have just finished a kitchen, and now need to install a first floor shower room (1.7m x 2.35m). The previous owner had the room to a state of green plasterboard walls, and […]
  • Shower bath tiling preparation: plaster and wooden windowsill | Tilers Forums Find Shower bath tiling preparation: plaster and wooden windowsill Advice and Help. How-to Shower bath tiling preparation: plaster and wooden windowsill in the Tanking and Wetrooms advice boards on Tiling Advice | TilersForums.com. Shower bath tiling preparation: plaster and wooden windowsill on… www.tilersforums.com There […]
  • hi advise is needed please I’m not a professional, we installed a wet room in December Maxxus former Bsa membrane Mapei flexible adhesive Ceramic tiles Thought we had done a good job however this week we have noticed some of the tiles are squishing water through when we lifted said tiles they don’t seem to […]
  • ok…so I have at last made a start and am currently planning the frame and base for the new wet room. I could do with a little advice though. All of the info I have read say plywood for the base. I have loads of 22mm OSB in my shed so was thinking I might […]
  • Ok, so they’re not BRAND new, but @Schlüter-Systems Ltd looking to expand both sizes and colours, to include the Trend line colours. 45degree fine detail profiles to protect mitred edges from 2.5mm all the way up to 12.5mm. So I thought I’d try to get them some feedback. I’d appreciate it if you’d complete the […]
  • Hi I have tanked my shower with mapei waterproofing,now I need to stick pvc panels to the ceiling.can anyone recommend something I can use please.

Tilers’ Talk Forum Advice

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  • Hi all, we've laid some limestone pavers and today used a stain protector as advised by the company who sold the pavers. We used lithofin stain stop, which claims to not change the stones but it's made ours a lot darker which is gutting. It's been a long DIY job and I'm kicking myself for […]
  • Tilers Community Statistics I’ve been sent statistics for the Facebook page “Tilers Community”. They seem to have an issue with us testing some things with a domain name we have ‘TilersCommunity.net‘. Check out the statistics for the page here. Sub 1500 actual posts in 3 years. That’s about 40 per month, or 1.2 per day. […]
  • Tilers Forums .co.uk is being used as a menu system to the main tile forums! TilersForums.co.uk is now being used as an index or menu system of sorts, pointing to the main forums. Take a look. The post Tilers Forums .co.uk is being used as a menu system to the main tile forums! appeared first […]
  • Plasterers Forum There’s a Plasterers Forum online that has been the main one for years now. Also covers rendering and suchlike. Independent plastering courses can be found on there too, I think through Goldtrowel but may be somebody else now. We did use plasteringforums.co.uk or something similar and got a small forum going in about […]
  • TIlersForums.com Stats Last 30 Days – April 12 to May 12 2024 These Are the CloudFLare Stats for Last 30 Days What’s that mean then? It means that TilersForums.com had 161,450 unique visitors, made a total of 22.54 MILLION requests. (Page changes, searches, etc. You can see the stats of our other forums, on their […]
  • 123 Year Old Johnson Tiles Factory to Close Down Causing 110 Job Losses 123 Year Old Johnson Tiles Factory to Close Down Causing 110 Job Losses in Stoke On Trent’s Once Thriving Ceramics and Pottery Industries In the heart of one of Stoke on Trent’s 5 Towns, Tunstall, lies Johnson-Tiles. The designer, manufacturer and supplier […]

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Tiling is a popular choice for both walls and floors in UK homes, offering durability, aesthetic appeal, and ease of maintenance. Whether you’re a DIY enthusiast or planning to hire a professional, understanding the key aspects of tiling can ensure a successful and long-lasting installation. Here are some essential tips and advice for tiling in the UK.

Planning and Preparation

1. Choose the Right Tiles: Select tiles that are suitable for the intended area. For example, porcelain and ceramic tiles are ideal for bathrooms and kitchens due to their water resistance, while natural stone tiles can add luxury to living areas and hallways. Ensure that the tiles meet the British Standards for quality and safety.

2. Measure Accurately: Calculate the area to be tiled and add an extra 10-15% to account for breakage and cutting. This ensures you have enough tiles to complete the project without interruption.

3. Surface Preparation: A clean, dry, and level surface is crucial. For walls, ensure any old wallpaper, paint, or loose plaster is removed. For floors, check for cracks or unevenness and repair as necessary. A primer can help improve the adhesion of the tiles.

Installation

1. Layout Planning: Before applying adhesive, lay out the tiles to determine the best arrangement and minimize cuts. Use spacers to ensure consistent gaps between tiles, which are essential for grout lines.

2. Adhesive Application: Use a suitable adhesive for the type of tile and surface. Apply it evenly with a notched trowel, working in small sections to prevent it from drying out before the tiles are laid.

3. Cutting Tiles: A tile cutter or a wet saw can make precise cuts. Always measure and mark tiles carefully before cutting, and wear appropriate safety gear.

Grouting and Finishing

1. Grouting: Allow the adhesive to dry completely before grouting. Apply the grout with a rubber float, pressing it into the gaps between tiles. Wipe away excess grout with a damp sponge before it sets.

2. Sealing: Natural stone tiles and some types of grout may require sealing to prevent staining and moisture penetration. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the best results.

3. Final Touches: Once the grout is dry, polish the tiles to remove any haze. Inspect the installation for any missed spots or uneven areas and make necessary adjustments.

Maintenance

1. Cleaning: Regular cleaning with a mild detergent and water will keep tiles looking their best. Avoid abrasive cleaners that can damage the surface.

2. Repairs: Address any loose or cracked tiles promptly to prevent further damage. Keep spare tiles from the original batch for future repairs.

Professional Help

For large or complex projects, or if you’re unsure of your tiling skills, consider hiring a professional tiler. A skilled tradesperson can ensure a high-quality finish and save time and potential frustration.

By following these guidelines, you can achieve a beautiful and durable tiled surface that enhances the functionality and aesthetic of your home. Proper planning, execution, and maintenance are key to a successful tiling project in the UK