When tiling a wall, floor, or even an entire room, there are several considerations that can make all the difference. From the equipment you use, to the materials you choose, small aspects can make a big change. Most notably, the surface you are tiling onto needs to be a primary focus. Here at Tiles 2 Go, we know just how important it is to get your tiling perfect. As a result, this is our guide to help you tile on a range of surfaces.

Plaster

New plaster can occasionally remain damp. Before you begin any tiling project, make sure the plaster has completely dried out. The time this takes can alter depending on the manufacturer and you should always follow the instructions.

In addition, many types of new plasterwork will need an additional coat of primer. This means that before you begin your tiling, you will have to allow time for priming.

Existing tiles

Cleaning the existing tiles to remove grease and dirt is an important preparation step for tiling onto existing tiles. Once the tiles are fully clean, you should score across them vertically and horizontally. This can help the new tiles bond.

Concrete

The main issue that occurs when tiling onto concrete is the dirt and debris that can be laying on top. As a result, it is best to fully check the area, making sure it is smooth, clean, and flat. If not, the adhesive and the tile may not bond completely with the sold concrete. This can affect the permanence of the tiles placed.

Furthermore, when tiling straight onto new concrete, you should leave the concrete to settle for a minimum of six weeks.

Wooden floors

Ventilation below the boards is a key aspect of tiling onto wooden floors. In addition, it is necessary to ensure that the wooden floorboards are well secured and fixed into place.

In summary

Tiling onto various surfaces requires a number of considerations. Consequently, the preparation steps for the different surfaces will need to be followed carefully to ensure tiling success. For any and all of your tiling needs, contact us at Tiles 2 Go today.