The 10 Mistakes People Make When Tiling a Room
Tiling your home can be a great way to spruce up your space and add personality. That is if you know what you are doing. If not, then mistakes will happen - and they may cost you more than just time and money. In this article, we will go over 10 common mistakes that people make when tiling their rooms so that you don't have to learn it the hard way!
Not preparing the initial surface properly
To get the right results, preparing the surface for tiling is so vital. The surface must be clean and dry, or else it will affect the final result. If you plan on tiling a wall with paint, then make sure to get rid of any oil-based paints before starting work.
Before you even start anything, make sure that all of your surfaces are clean and free from any dust or dirt. Even if it is just a bathroom tile project, this step can save so much time for you in the long run because there will be no need to do more than one coat of sealant on top after installation
Choosing the wrong tiles
If you had chosen tiling as an option but weren't too knowledgeable about what kinds were best suited for certain areas then now is a good chance to learn! It's important to find out which type(s) will work best with where they're being applied within the room since each has its character.
Selecting a tile that is too thick or thin can cause issues with grouting (or lack thereof) and will eventually end up costing you more money to do repairs down the line.
Using cheap tiles
It can be tempting to buy what's cheap to save money. However, this may not always lead to success when doing so because the cheaper tile might not look as nice as some other options out there - at least long term.
The wrong tiles are not only a waste of money but they also may end up clashing with other tiled surfaces or patterns in the room which could make things look unprofessional and take away from all of your hard work. Therefore, it is important to think about these mistakes beforehand as this can save you time, effort, and frustration later on.
Choosing the wrong adhesive for tiling
When choosing an adhesive, keep your needs in mind and try to find one that does not need time for drying between phases which may cause errors later on during installation. You may also want to think about durability, the weight of tiles you're using, and if it is suitable for wet areas.
Not having the right number of tiles
Not having enough tiles for the job at hand is something that can lead to problems later on. Not only will you not be able to finish the work, but it could also result in errors and malfunctions while tiling which could lead to problems later on.
Look at options to get more tiles for contingency situations is vital. This means having more tiles than the project requires. Tiles are fragile and may break during installation or when moving around on the job. Having a few spare tiles is sensible and essential.
Poor or uneven grouting
Grouting is a process that needs to be taken seriously to prevent issues from happening. Make sure not only the tiles are dry when you start this step, but also as you work on them so they can absorb water and dissolve any mortar residue that is missed on the first pass.
If done wrongly then this can have a serious effect on how your tiles look throughout their use.
Grouting too quickly
Grout should be done very carefully as it may seem like an easy job, but if not done right, your final result might look messy and take away from all of your hard work - which means spending even more time repairing mistakes instead of moving onto other tasks.
It's always better to take your time when doing this so the mortar has a chance to set before continuing with other tasks that involve water (i.e., cleaning up). If it dries out prematurely there is an increased risk of it shrinking away from the tiling surface leaving unsightly gaps between joints of tile lines, creating trip hazards etc.
You should be aware that not all adhesives are created equal - some may shrink over time causing them to fall off.
Dealing with mistakes much later in the project
If there are any errors at all that need correction, such as making cuts in the wrong spots, waiting until everything else has been finished will make things more difficult and costly than necessary because you'll have to redo other areas instead of just those which were done incorrectly at the start.
In addition, there's always an increased risk for accidents such as cuts when working without safety equipment like gloves. This may cause further issues down the line with repairs etc.
The layout must be measured out correctly (or else they won't fit right) before starting any installation process. If not, it can also create more work for yourself leading to issues such as tiles being too short or too long resulting in wasted materials, time, and money.
Poor planning of layout for tiling
This step not only requires careful consideration but also accurate measurements and a complete understanding of how to layout these tiles so that everything will come together at the end.
Working without battens or markers
When tiling an area of your room make sure to use some sort of guide marks for spacing out tile grids. These will help ensure straight lines which lead to fewer mistakes down the line.
Battens are used as guidelines while installing tile with a square-grid format. They can be made from wood, plastic, metal meshes or even upholstery fabric - they're very versatile.
Markers (such as paint pens) should always be used when working in this type of environment because it helps you keep track of where each line is going by marking them off ahead of time.