Tiling is the best way to enhance your interior or exterior. The experienced tilers Adelaide will provide you with a tile floor with a perfect finish, looks, and symmetry.
However, some people decide to lay the tiles themselves. This often leads to mistakes, which further result in broken, cracked, & weak tiles. If you plan for Bathroom renovations Adelaide services in near future, check out which mistakes you need to avoid.
Find out right below:
Incorrect Trowel Size
Most people don’t know that the size of the trowel must be the same as the tile size. As the size of the tile increases, a deeper thin-set is required. For deeper thin-set, go for a trowel with deep notches. Deeper notches you to adjust the tile while laying them on the floor.
Ensure that the thin-set you purchase has labels like ‘large format’ or ‘large tile.’ Such thin sets hold the tiles better as they are thicker.
As a thumb rule, a half-inch trowel is suitable for 16inches time. If your tiles are bigger than this, a ¾ inch notch is required.
A 50-pound bed could cover up to 40 to 50 foot square with a ½ inch notch and 30 to 40 square feet with a ¾ inch trowel.
Making Cracks on the Tile
You have to take every possible precaution to ensure that you don’t break them. Broken tiles can be pretty expensive and wasteful too.
A diamond wet saw is a perfect choice for cutting tiles as its blades are abrasive instead of toothed.
But make sure that you market the tile before cutting it.
Take the help of the fence and use the blade to line it. Wait until the water flows properly after turning on the saw.
Using the Wrong Underlayment
Underlayment is the key to get an even and stronger tile floor. All your tiles are installed on the underlayment. Therefore, you have to make sure that you use a flat, strong, and even surface. With an underlayment, your tiles will sag and eventually crack.
For better results, go for ¼ to ½ inch cement board layer first. After that, lay your tiles on the board.
For old vinyl flooring, tile right over the underlayment as the floor is thick and can perfectly handle the tiles.
Laying the Tiles Wrong Way
You need to plan before laying your tile diagonally. For square tiles, pick 45o Angles.
Hence, the shape of the tiles defines the way you lay them. Start centering the tiles and then line them up with a single layout line.
Build the design around these measurements and use a straightedge to check your lines.
Wrong grout can ruin your tiles. That’s why we suggest everyone go to tiling Adelaide. For clean grouts, mix the grout with a trowel until you get peanut butter-like consistency.
Make sure that you let the grout rest for at least 10 minutes before using it. If you don’t, the result will be weak grout that will crack out eventually.
So don’t make the above mistakes and hire one of the leading Tilers Adelaide.
Contact one right now!