Using floor tiles for wall tiling

ere at Tiles 2 Go, we are Preston’s leading tiling professionals. And we help homeowners and property developers make the right tiling choices, day after day. As a result, we have produced this guide to everything you should know about using floor tiles for wall tiling.

What are the considerations for using floor tiles for wall tiling?

If you see some floor tiles that would look great for your walls, it is possible for these to be installed as a wall tiles. However, there are a number of considerations to bear in mind. These include:

  • The weight of the tiles and adhesive and grout combined- Floor tiles do tend to be heavier than wall tiles, so this is something you will need to find out before deciding on your tiles.
  • The strength of the wall surface- different tiling surfaces can support different weights. You can add strength to the wall surface by using a backing board.

Wall substrates and maximum weight per m2

Different wall substrates can support different weights, including the weight of the tiles and grout and adhesive combined, per m2. These include:

  • Gypsum plaster- 20kg
  • Gypsum plasterboard direct- 32kg
  • Plywood-30kg
  • Lightweight tile backing boards- up to 40kg
  • Gypsum fibre boards-35-40kg

Tiling backing boards

Using tiling backing boards can be very effective if your chosen tiles exceed the weight of the walls, or if your walls are not straight. These increase the weight that the surface can support and also create a straight surface to tile onto. This can even help to waterproof the area too. Different backing boards are available in different sizes and thicknesses so you can find the right backing board for any project, in any property.

Why not take a look at our wide range of floor and wall tiles today, here at Tiles 2 Go?