Tiles are a great option for flooring as they are durable and easy to maintain. They can instantly give a clean look to the room and there are so many shapes and colours that you can choose from. But you need to make sure that the proper methods are used when installing the tiles so that they can last a long time without replacements.
You need to prepare the surface before you start tiling or this will affect the final finish of the floor. The surface you are tiling should be levelled and clean. If there are cracks or bumps on the floor, they need to be filled and sanded. Sometimes, the level of the unevenness of the floor can be high and unsuitable for laying tiles on the surface as it is. In this case, you can redo the top finish of the floor with screed so that you get an even and levelled surface. There shouldn’t be any dust, grease, or oil on the surface.
If there is dirt and dust on the floor, the tile will not bond to the floor properly. Some surfaces will need primer solutions to ensure greater bonding. When installing tiles on plastered drywall, you will need to make sure that the surface is completely dry before applying a primer solution. You can tile on top of the existing tile as well. There are special adhesives that can be used for this purpose. If you are tiling on a wood surface, you can prime it with polyurethane-based paint.
Another factor that will contribute to good tiling is using the proper tile adhesive. You can’t use any type of adhesive and hope it will work. Using the wrong adhesive will affect the longevity of the tiled surface. You need to consider the location and the surface on which you are tiling as well as the material of the tile when choosing an adhesive.
Waterproof adhesives should be used for areas with high moisture where tiles will come into contact with water such as bathrooms, kitchens, and outdoor areas. Rapid set adhesives can be sued for larger or heavy tiles. When tiling on surfaces that may move such as wooden floors, it is best to go for a flexible adhesive so that it will not crack during movement. There are also heat-resistant adhesives for fireplace tiling and ready mix adhesives for novices.
The technique for applying adhesive is also important. If you are dotting or dabbing the adhesive on the back of the tile, it can cause the tiles to loosen over time and affect the finish. So you need to apply the adhesive evenly to the back of the tile. Make sure that you measure the area you need to tile carefully so that you don’t need to order tiles again in the middle of the process. If you measure incorrectly, you may not be able to get the same tile or there could be certain differences in colour as there can be variations between different tile batches.