8 Common Mistakes That Many Tilers Make
Are you tiling your kitchen? Are you tiling your bathroom? If so, it's important to avoid these 8 common mistakes that many tilers make. With a little planning and forethought, you can have a successful tiling job and save yourself time in the long run.
When it comes to tiling projects, there are some things that most people don't know about or forget about until they're halfway through the job. This blog post will help give you an idea of what those pitfalls might be and how to avoid them.
Poor Initial Surface Preparation
One of the most common tiling mistakes is poor initial surface preparation. Making sure that your floor or wall has been properly prepared before you start tiling will help make for a much more even and lasting finish.
Selecting the Wrong Type of Tiles
Another tiling mistake can be when people don't take into account what type of tiles they're using on their project, not realizing that some types are better suited to certain projects than others.
For example, if you want to use ceramic tile in place of marble because it's cheaper but still achieve an elegant look, then go ahead. There are plenty of options out there with different price points and styles to suit any budget-conscious tiler looking for high quality without having to break the bank.
Using the wrong adhesive
Using the wrong adhesive for tiling can also cause tiling problems down the line. For example, using a moisture-sensitive adhesive for tiling on concrete can lead to issues like mould growth or bubbling of the grout over time. Whereas a concrete based adhesive would be better suited and more durable in that type of environment.
Grouting Too Quickly or Poor Surface
Another tiling mistake that can be made is grouting too quickly after tiling, which could lead to the grout not properly setting and making for a dirtier surface than it should be. This also goes hand-in-hand with tiling an uneven surface – if you have any bumps in your floor then make sure that they are either filled before tiling or at least corrected afterwards so as not to disrupt the grout work when it's set.
Grouting too quickly is another problem you might run into with tiling, as it will leave unsightly marks where your trowel has been scraping off excess cement - this also means that there won't be enough mortar left behind to create a strong bond between tiles which makes them more prone to popping up later if they're not secured properly before being laid.
If too much mortar is trowelled onto the tile before it's set, then there will be an uneven surface which can cause problems in later stages of the tiling process – such as when cutting tiles for corners and edges. This can also happen if tiling begins on top of old adhesive layers that haven't properly dried out.
These mistakes are hard to notice until after all the cuts have been made so this would be another good reason not to start tiling until you're sure everything is ready.
Not Having Enough Tiles on Hand
An unfortunate consequence of tiling is that mistakes are often left as they are because it's too much work to start tiling over again. One of the most common tile job mistakes happens when tiling contractors don't have enough tiles on hand and end up trowelling patches of more than one type onto a wall or floor, which can create an unnecessary mess to fix.
Not having enough tiles on hand for their project and realizing way too far into the process that there aren't going to be enough left over because of the way the tiling layout has gone is a problem. This can be easily avoided by having a better estimation of how many tiles are needed before tiling begins and then making sure to order more if necessary so that mistakes will not have to be dealt with later in the project when it's too late.
Poor Planning or Layout
Another common tiler error is poor planning for where the tile needs to go on wall space or floor – especially if you're working without battens and markers (which should always be used). If there isn't enough room between walls for grouting then don't continue tiling any further instead wait until the next day when everything is dry again before continuing work.
This also goes hand-in-hand with not being able to trowel tiles into a space that has already been grouted. Another tiler error that may happen due to poor planning would be if someone starts taping off spaces for edges before realizing later down the process that all those hard-earned lines will need trimming afterwards. This ends up wasting time and creating another step between finishing and grouting.
Working without Battens & Markers
This mistake is somewhat self-explanatory, in that tiling contractors who don't use battens will end up having to trim tiles after taping them. In addition, it's likely, they won't have a good way of figuring out what the tiled layout should be before setting mortar and grout. This can make for tedious workdays as mistakes are discovered later on when tilers realize that adequate planning would not only save time but also money by avoiding these types of errors.
Dealing with mistakes later in the project
The first mistake is one where tiling contractors may want to skip over finishing some areas so they can get back to other jobs faster. Even if you're just going somewhere else and returning soon enough, there could still be issues with tiling the floor unevenly.
Tiles can't always be cut at will into smaller pieces because paint/colours could run together if there is no border around them; this means tiling contractors often end up using spacers when dealing with small errors instead.
There are a few reasons tilers may not have enough tiles on hand, and many of them are easy to avoid with some foresight. Using too much grout or mixing different types of tile that require more space between units might be two examples here (and it should go without saying that tiling contractors need to estimate how many materials they'll need before starting any job).
Having bad habits when tiling can also lead to mistakes, which are more difficult to fix later on in a project because they need grout lines sanded down before proceeding with tile work again.
It's easy enough to mix up grout colours if you're not careful--and it's no surprise that many tilers have fallen into this trap by making a habit out of dirty hands/fingers while handling tiles. This is an issue (in addition to having dirt under nails) because dirt will show.