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Do It Yourself Tiling

Tiling is a task that can be undertaken by a non-professional. However for a complicated job it's best to use a professional. Click on the related links in the side bar to find out more information on Do-It-Yourself tiling. If you have any questions at all about tiling or how to do please drop in and see us, our friendly staff will be more then willing to help out any situation possible.

Laying Tiles

Guidelines For A Successful Tiling Installation

Before you start

  1. Please ensure that there are sufficient tiles to complete your job, as there is no guarantee that extra tiles of the same colour or shade can be supplied at a later date.
  2. It is suggested that a small quality of tiles be kept on site for any required future maintenance. It can be most difficult to match tiles if repairs are necessary at a later date.
  3. Please make sure that your measurements are accurate. We are supplying a quantity of tiles to your measurements. Under - measurements will lead to a shortage of tiles, over - measurement will lead to an over supply of tiles. Both these occurrences cause hardship to the tile supplier.
  4. Please check with the customer the position and quantity of any strips, spotters or requested pattern layouts.
  5. Ensure that all substrates are appropriately prepared and are suitable for tiling with particular attention to be paid to the waterproofing of wet areas.
Step-By-Step for laying FLOOR Tiles

Step-By-Step for laying FLOOR Tiles

Step-By-Step for laying WALL Tiles

Step-By-Step for laying WALL Tiles

Before fixing commences

  1. Check the shade markings on all tile boxes/ wrappings to ensure that you have been supplied from one batch. There can be no claim whatsoever once tiles have been fixed.
  2. Larger tiles, 200mmx200mm or greater, can vary in size and shape owing to the manufacturing process and tile type. This is expected. However, tiles should be placed so as grout joints are wide enough to accommodate this variation.
  3. Make reference to adhesive manufacturer's literature: ensure you use an appropriate adhesive for both the installation substrate and the tile type to be fixed.

As you tile

  1. Please use tiles from 3 or more boxes so as to ensure proper blending of any colour variation that may exist.
  2. Keep an eye on your work as you progress, so that the blend and effect is maintained.
  3. Retain an original box label in case you require further tiles, so that all attempts to re supply can be made.

If laying a large area

  1. We strongly recommend that hidden areas( under stoves, fridges, in pantry cupboards) or detached areas(toilets & laundry floors) are tiled last so that if extra tiles are needed, batching will not be crucial.
  2. Ensure that advised adhesive is used, bed thickness and adhesive contact to tiles is achieved.
  3. It is crucial that, if you have any doubts or notice concern as you continue, you contact your tile supplier immediately - before proceeding any further.

Measuring Up

If you have a scaled house plan, bring it in and the staff at Ballarat Tiles can measure it for you. We are also happy to calculate your area off sketches that contain the correct measurements. Otherwise here are some tips for how to measure up your tiling job.

To calculate your area you need two measurements; for walls multiply the finished height by the length, for floors multiply the room’s width by the length. This will give you your area in square metres. If the area you are tiling is interrupted by windows, doors, benches etc. measure them in the same way and subtract these from your total area.

Add approximately 10% to your total to cover any wastage (e.g.. breakages, incorrect cuts, off cuts) and to ensure you have some spare pieces for any future mishaps or extensions.

Alternatively, if you are using a professional tiler, they can measure the area for you.

Removing Coverings

Removing existing tiles from a concrete floor can be a difficult task.

The best way to accomplish it is to use a jackhammer. Be sure to cover all cupboards and furniture with drop sheets as it is a very messy job.

After removing the tiles, it’s a good idea to use a self leveling compound to ensure you have a level surface to tile onto.

Remember the finished job is only as good as the surface underneath. Removing existing tiles that have been laid onto ceramic tile underlay is a lot easier. Simply lift up the tiles and the underlay all together and lay new underlay for the new tiles.

Selecting A Tiler

The creation of a beautiful well completed new or renovated bathroom, kitchen, or any other area with ceramic wall or floor tile installation is a very satisfying experience. To ensure that there are no expensive errors, regrets or on - going maintenance problems and that you actually have achieved what you intended, does usually require skill and experience from a professional tile layer.

As tile layer registration, accreditation or endorsement is not compulsory in all states in Australia; it is sometimes a concern as to who you actually to install your ceramic tiles.

The following should be of assistance.

  1. Ask for a written quotation.

    It is very important for you to know the costs involved , a written quotation demonstrates that both parties understand what work needs to be done, to achieve an excellent job. Also, you must agree on a price prior to the work starting. Ask the Tiler for his reference, whether he is qualified and about his trade experience.

  2. Compare prices.

    Obtain 2 or 3 quotations. This will give you a realistic idea of how much the installation should cost. Remember that price isn't the only criteria and that you may only get what you pay for.

  3. Check reference.

    A reputable tradesperson will always allow you to make contact with 2 or 3 of his recent costumers so that you can make enquiries about the quality of his work and his code of ethics.

  4. Ask yourself these questions.

    - Was the tilelayer easily contactable?
    - Did he arrive on time?
    - Does he appear content to do the job?
    - Does he appear to have time to do the job?
    - Was the quotation delivered on time, fairly priced and did it cover all the work required?
    - Has the tilelayer returned my calls?
    - Am I comfortable with this person to handle my work?

  5. Look at the complete picture.

Price isn't everything, lowest price could mean poor workmanship, but the most expensive prices do not neccessarily guarantee the best workmanship.

Remember that workmanship includes presentation, minimum amount of inconvenience, cleanliness and overall professionalism.

If the quotation is fair, the references are good, the timing is suitable and you feel comfortable that the tilelayer understands what you are trying to achieve, then choosing the right tilelayer for your tile installation should be well achievable".

Tiling Checklist

Tiling requires quite a few accessories and tools to ensure the job is completed correctly. Here is a general guide to what is needed:

Main Items

  • Tiles
  • Glue (for walls and floor)
  • Grout
  • Silicone
  • Spacers

Basic Tools

  • Glue spreader
  • Grout spreader
  • Tile cutter
  • Cutting wheel for angle grinder

Trims and Other Hardware

  • PVC tile trim
  • Aluminum/Brass angle
  • Ceramic tile underlay

Useful Extras

  • Soapholders, shelves, towel rails etc
  • Grout sealer
  • Tile and grout cleaner

Tiling Tips

  • To remove a stubborn spot, scrub with a mixture of Davco Tile and Grout Cleaner, available at Ballarat Tiles
  • Use good mats at doorways to keep sand which may scratch tiles outside.
  • If you have high gloss floors, avoid wearing metal tipped heels on shoes.
  • Select the right tiles for your area. Talk to a reputable distributor.
  • Ensure the tiler lays the tiles evenly, with no edges protruding up and beds the tiles into the adhesive with no voids under the tile.
  • Use gliders under any furniture which may damage the surface of the tile.
  • Avoid dropping heavy objects onto the tiles. Tiles are not indestructible.
  • Clean and sweep your tiles regularly.
  • Use just a few drops of soap-less detergent. Don’t use abrasive cleaners.
  • Vacuuming is a great way to clean tiles.
  • Efflorescence will disappear with ongoing cleaning. It is simply a deposit of salts on the surface of the tile or grout from the rising dampness.
  • Select the right tiles for your area. Talk to any of our staff at Ballarat Tiles, The Tile People.