Tile Installation Done Right

How To Install Tiles Yourself Or Hire A Tile Contractor

Laying tiles is one of the more demanding home improvement works. Nevertheless, it is not magic and who has the knowledge and the necessary tools can achieve very good results with practice and save a lot of money.

The tools and aids required depend on the amount of work involved and can be found below for tools for laying tiles . But before the first tiles are laid, the correct installation plan is crucial. Especially with the modern large tiles, it is very important where which tiles are cut. A wrong joint can also make a perfectly tiled and clean grouted bathroom look ugly. Likewise, good tools are important and who is facing a house renovation or a complete interior work, should not save the wrong end. An electric nipper costs a bit more, but pays off and makes the job easier.

Check the adhesive carefully

Before installing tiles, the adhesive must meet certain criteria. As with all flooring work, it should be level, dry, free of dust and grease . In addition, the surface must not suck too much. This would quickly pull the moisture out of the tile adhesive and disturb a good setting.

Therefore, it is generally advisable to treat plaster or screed with a primer. This binds fine dust particles and regulates the absorption behavior of the adhesive.

Seal walk-in shower and wet area

The wet area includes not only the shower but also the surfaces around a bathtub or washbasin. These areas, as well as water-sensitive adhesives require special protection against penetrating water.

Particularly suitable for this are coating or liquid film, which are offered by different manufacturers as complete sealing systems . In addition to the liquid foil, these often also include sealing tape, corners or sleeves, which are needed for a perfect seal. For a secure connection, the surface to be sealed should generally be treated with a suitable primer. If recommended products from a manufacturer are used, this ensures the compatibility of the individual components.

The procedure is almost always similar, but the manufacturer’s instructions should be read and followed.

1.Pre-treat the adhesive with the primer and observe the drying time.

2.The liquid foil is applied with a roller or paint brush and the sealing tape and required corners or sleeves are incorporated into the paint.

3.After the specified drying time, another coat of paint is applied, in which the sealing tape is completely painted over.

Apply tile adhesive

Once the adhesive has been prepared and the necessary dimensions, such as the tile level, are marked, the tile adhesive is mixed according to the manufacturer’s instructions and applied with the notched trowel. Please pay attention to the required tooth size.

Scour the tile adhesive several times with the notched trowel until the result is a uniform image. It is important to always pay attention to the same attitude of the trowel. If the trowel is set flat, less tile adhesive is applied than at a steeper angle. Apply only as much glue as can be processed in a short time. Edge tiles, which must be cut, should therefore be glued together better.

Tile Installation

Depending on where tiles are to be cut, the first tile is started on the opposite side . If a tiled mirror is required at a certain height, it tilts from top to bottom and cuts the bottom tile. It is easier to tile from the bottom up and let the tile mirror end with a complete tile. This saves a lot of cutting work and waste. The finished height can vary depending on the tile size and joint width. If the tiles are previously laid on the floor with tile crosses, the finished height can be easily determined.

In internal corners tiles are cut with an expansion joint and the next wall is continued with the remaining piece. In this case, the distance should be chosen so large that the tiles do not touch, but the gap can be covered with a silicone joint.

Important tips for arranging the tiles can be found in our laying plan for tiles and under natural stone tiles.