If you are planning to renovate your home, I am sure you must have thought about refurbishing the tiling setup of your kitchen backsplash, bathroom shower, and your living room with tile area as well. Installing wall tiles can be a tricky job as you have to consider few important things before initiating the process. From choosing the best ceramic or porcelain tiles from a wide range of colours, materials, and patterns to installing them properly to ensure durability and easy cleaning, the checklist is quite long. The procedure for installing wall tile is as same as the floor tile. It offers the same advantages and flexibility of design but there are few things to consider while choosing the tiles for areas exposed to water. Read the following points to know more.
- Choose the right kind of tiles for specific areas
Don’t commit the mistake of choosing the tiles based only on colour and size. Not all ceramic tiles absorb the same amount of water. So ask your tile dealer about the kind of tile he is installing in different areas of your home. For instance, “non-vitreous” tiles absorb the most amount of water. So, they must be avoided for showers, tubs and sink countertops. “Semi-vitreous” tiles absorb less water and they can be used for showers and backsplash areas. This ensures a long and attractive tile life and eliminates the worries of water seeping through the tiles and damping the wall behind it.
- Choose the right size of tiles
While choosing the tiles also consider its shape and size. For flat areas choose larger tiles as it will provide a smooth, orderly appearance. They can also be cut into various shapes and sizes when required. Moreover, installing large tiles are considerably easier than installing smaller tiles. It also takes less time to lay few pieces of large tiles to cover up the same amount of space, unlike small tiles that are required in large numbers to cover up the same area. If you have curved areas on the wall, use small tiles as they can be easily installed on a curve and the joint between the tiles allow a finished look that smoothly bends around the problem areas.
- Consider the surface before installing the tiles
Consider the surface well before installing the tiles. Ceramic tiles can be installed easily on a neat and clean surface as long as the surface can support the weight of the tiles. However, before installing tiles in the shower area do not forget to install a ½ or ¼ inch cement wallboard that will support the tile. The cement wallboard will also protect the wall from the water leaking through the cracks in the grouts of the tiles.
- Think about the layout
Planning the layout is the most crucial thing in tile installation. The first rule of tile layout is to make sure that the pattern is square. Before laying the first tile, make chalk guidelines that will help in smooth installation. Measure and mark the midpoint of the tiled area. This is because wall tiles do not always extend up to the entire wall. Locate the midpoint of the tiles area based on the starting and ending point of the tile layout area. Intersect chalk lines at the centre point of the layout forming a square cross.
- Be extra careful while placing cut tiles
In most cases you have to cut tiles to fit in the last row, specially to fit around the places meant for the soap dishes, pipes or other obstruction. While positioning the cut tiles, try to keep the cut edges hidden as much as possible. Keep the edges pointed away from places where they are most likely to be seen.
Keep these points in mind while installing tiles for the walls of your bathroom or kitchen. Careful installation and attention to detail will result in beautiful and long lasting tile walls in your home.
Author Bio – Sam Rogers is a professional home remodeler dealing with wall tiling Melbourne. He loves to give professional insights about domestic tiling Melbourne to those who are planning to refurbish their homes.