DIY Tile Installation – Tile Installing Tools Get The Correct Tools For The JobOn March 12, 2021 by king.97
Installing tile in your home can increase the value thousands of dollars. It is easy and fun with the correct tools and instructions. Choices of tile have increased more than 100 times in the past 10 years, and large selections are at your fingertips at your local stores.
The first challenge of laying tile is choosing the style, color, and overall look that fits your application. Most tiles are useable in virtually any room of the house, while some are easier to maintain, others are worth the extra work.
Many years ago (my parents house 60 years ago) the hot new choice for tile in bathrooms was plastic, easy to work with but not the greatest for water containment. Now the choices go all the way from stones on the floor and walls to amazing glass tile.
DIY installation of tile is not hard, but each step must be followed. Most large hardware stores offer free classes on how to install tile, look for them you will get some helpful tips. I do all the tile work in our house and my husband does all the preparation for me, his work is key to make my work look great. tile installation cleveland
The beginning steps set the tone for success or failure, most importantly how the backer board is installed. Are the screws all flush with the board? If one is not the tile can and will break. For use on the floor the backer board has a different suggested installation from using it on the walls. Keep in mind that the backer board in the bathroom around the shower is different yet. Be sure to self educate yourself or attend a class.
The type of mastic that goes on the wall is different for different kinds of tile, find out the recommended one for the tile you are doing. When working with large floor tile, it is necessary to use an entirely different adhesive than glass tile, ask the professionals. When I was learning to do tile work with my husband we put down two floors, one we did not get all the screws flush…broken tiles. The second one 18×18 tiles we used the wrong adhesive and they latterly popped up.
Take your time; learn the specifics about the location, floor, backsplash, countertops, or ceilings of your tile installation. Ask the sales person how difficult the tile is to cut, and maintain after installation. Do you need to seal it often to avoid stains? It may be beautiful but not practical for the location you wanted it, rethink it there are hundreds and hundreds of choices and applications that fit every need.
One last suggestion rent a tile saw for larger installations, they are wonderful. I have had one for 10 years, I am very protective of it after all it has a diamond blade. Be sure you have a sharp blade that cuts easily, if not stop and replace the blade, more damage will be done with dull blade.