Tile Guru Vaults: Tiling and Installation

Hi folks! Tile Guru here. I’m the resident tiling expert here at Walls and Floors.

If you’re taking on a decorating project, and you’ve decided that tiles are the best way to go, then well done, you’re absolutely correct! If you’re tackling the tiling yourself, and you have some queries, then check out the FAQ’s I’ve answered below. If your question isn’t answered, send it across to technicalhelp@wallsandfloors.co.uk and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

tiling process

Q. I enjoy DIY, but I’ve never tiled before, but how hard can it be?

A. Good tiling comes from a lot of training, years of experience, extensive knowledge, the correct equipment and a very keen attention to detail. It can be very simple to look at two identical projects and tell which one was done by an amateur or a professional. If it was easy, we’d all be professional tilers. If you insist of tackling a project yourself, do a lot of research, take your time, but at the same time, make allowances for if something goes wrong. Tiles are expensive things as would be the extra preparation when it all has to be ripped up or pulled down. Without the experience, anything can go wrong. Can you afford it if it does? TILING IS NOT EASY. So if in any doubt whatsoever, GET A PROFESSIONAL TILER IN.

Q. After laying the tiles, when should I remove the spacers?

A. If you are laying crosses in the corners, they will not need removing, providing they are sitting lower than the intended grout height (this should be almost flush with the tile face). If you are using them as pegs, they need to be removed when the adhesive has set enough to hold the tiles in place, but not set enough that they are permanently stuck in.

tile spacers

Q. How do I fix glass tiles to walls?

A. Glass tiles are fitted in the same way as ceramic tiles. However a specific adhesive such as BAL Max-Flex Fibre is required to enhance the bond to the impervious backing. Cuts can be achieved with a normal tile cutter or an electric wet cutter with a fine blade.

Q. How long does it take to tile a floor?

A. It depends on the area, the preparation required and the individual’s experience. What may take a Professional tiler two days, may take a DIYer significantly longer, maybe up to a whole week. It is important for anyone taking on tiling as a DIY project, to take their time

I hope these FAQ’s have answered your query! If not, send your questions over to technicalhelp@wallsandfloors.co.uk.


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