Considerations for Bathroom Tile Installation

By administrator On February 24th, 2009

Installing bathroom tiles is not at all a difficult job. In fact tiling a bathroom is probably the one activity that a novice DIY guy can do without any previous experience. However, there are certain things that you must be aware of.

If you overlook buying waterproof adhesive, you are asking for trouble. Without waterproof adhesives sooner or later water in some form or the other will seep in and loosen the tiles. Buy at least 15% more tiles than you think you may need. It’s an additional cost, no doubt but you need to factor in breakages, chipped tiles, cracked tiles, tiles that are difficult to cut to size, etc. You can always keep the extra tiles as spare and use them as and when necessary or strike a deal with the retailer that you will be returning the unused tiles.

The tiles can be laid either on the existing tiles or on the ground. In either case, a clean, dry and flat surface is key to ensure that the tiles stay flat and horizontal. If the floor has any cracks or holes then fill these up with cement otherwise these will lead to uneven distribution of the adhesive. Use plumb gauges, spirit levels, and battens to see that the tiles are laid in a straight line or whatever pattern decided by you. The adhesive shrinks as it dries and hence any unevenness in the spreading of the adhesive will crack the tiles later on. You may want to try self-adhesive tiles but if you find that you have not aligned them properly you will have to remove the tile and rearrange it before the adhesive dries.

Spread the adhesive only on the area you can cover in a limited time; spreading it over one square meter is a good idea. If you spread it over a larger area, the adhesive will dry before you can tile the floor. Start the tiling process from the center and move outwards; this will give you a better perspective of what you are doing so you can use the full and half tiles in a judicious manner.

Grout the tiles only after the adhesive has set and use inorganic grout that will not invite a bacterial attack. Grouting is an important step in laying tiles. The grout should neatly fill the gap between tiles and should be spread evenly. Also the grout should be of the color of the tiles so that you get a harmonious effect.

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