Tiling installation considerations for different wall surfaces

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Whether you are renovating your bathroom or building a brand new kitchen extension, tiles should be a number one consideration. The right tiles can establish the right design and style for your space, as well as being a practical option with a range of practical benefits. But installing tiles correctly can be a challenge, with different instructions for different tiling surfaces. So what should you consider when installing tiles on different wall surfaces? Well, here at Tiles 2 Go, we are Preston’s leading tiling professionals, and this is our guide to everything you should know about tiling on different on wall surfaces for the best possible results.

What are the important tiling installation considerations for different wall surfaces?

Different wall surfaces all have different requirements for tiling. The important factor for tiling on any surface is that you need a clean, flat and dry space to begin tiling. But what are the different surfaces you could be tiling onto? And what are the requirements for tiling onto this? Well, there are several different surfaces including:

  • Plaster
  • Concrete
  • Existing tiles

Tiling onto plaster walls

Most internal walls are plaster walls. You can tile onto these as long as the wall is sturdy and strong enough. It is important to ensure that the plaster is fully dry before you begin tiling, and some types of plaster-work will need a primer first.

Tiling onto concrete

Tiling directly onto concrete is not as uncommon as you might think. The only real issue about this is that concrete tends to collect a layer of dust and grime on top, and this will need to be fully cleaned and clear first. If you want to tile directly onto new concrete, during a new build or extension, you should leave the concrete to settle for a minimum of six weeks.

Tiling onto existing tiles

Providing that the wall is strong, sturdy and stable, you can tile over exiting tiles. You should make sure that the existing tiles are flat and smooth, as well as clean, and if any are chipped are cracked, these will need replacing and repairing. Then you should score across the tiles vertically and horizontally. This can help the new tiles bond.

For any and all of your tiling needs, contact us at Tiles 2 Go today.