Laying out new tiles is an expensive exercise and that’s why some homeowners opt to handle it themselves. While there’s nothing wrong with the idea, attempting to lay out new tiles on your own, especially when you lack the requisite skills or knowledge, is a bad idea. That’s why it is generally advisable to call in a professional but if you are still determined to handle it on your own, then you need to check out these tips, as they can help you avoid some of the common mistakes that most homeowners make, during tile installation.
- Unprepared surfaces: When it comes to amateur tilers in Auckland, they often make the mistake of rushing into the DIY project with little foresight and preparation. They generally do not bother to prep the surface and as a result, the final result would certainly not look like the glossy image in Architectural Digest. As all professional tilers would tell you, the first thing that you need to do is to prep the surface and that means cleaning it, removing all dust and debris, so that the surface is smooth. And you move on to the next step, only after you have prepped the surface thoroughly. And that includes any previous coatings as well, after all, you would want your new tiles to adhere to the substrate properly, right?
- Grouting large areas right away: This is such a rookie mistake and one that most homeowners would tend to do. When it comes to laying out the grout on the substrate, you must never apply it to large areas right away and never apply it unevenly. Sure, you can use a squeegee to make sure that the application is even but the advice about never applying it to large areas at once still stands. Here’s why, when you apply the grout to large areas, you run the risk of having patches of grout, especially on the exteriors of the target area of drying up fast. This would only result in an uneven application and the result would be a disaster. That’s why you are much better off applying grout in smaller lots rather than the whole floor at once.
- Restrooms and swimming pools: This may appear to be a challenge to most amateurs and with good reason. After all, you are planning to lay new tiles in areas that tend to see a lot of moisture, and just applying grout may not do the trick here. And that’s why most pros tend to use the right adhesive along with the grout to ensure that the tile adheres firmly to the substrate. And remember, these are areas that would see a lot of moisture so make sure that you select a waterproof adhesive to add to the grout.
- Not laying the tiles in straight lines: This is about one of the worst mistakes that all amateur tilers tend to commit at one point or the other. And that’s why you need to use battens or two thin wooden rods or materials in straight lines. You generally use these to guide you along, as you start laying out the tiles as per your preferred design. Just keep in mind that tiling without a helper tool can end up marring the finish and make the whole floor appear ‘crooked’.
These are some of the common mistakes that you need to avoid when it comes to tile installation.