Laying tiles can be a daunting prospect, particularly if you have never done it before. Tiling an entire floor can leave many DIY’ers in fear of getting it horribly wrong, but, as with many things in life, the success is all in the planning.
Top tips to get started with tiling a floor
Getting things right from the outset is the key to creating an excellent finish on your tiled surface. These thin layers of ceramic or porcelain material will have to endure some harsh wear and tear, so in order to ensure they can withstand that wear and tear, you’ll need to plan and prepare well. Here are some tips for getting started with tiling a floor.
- Work towards a layout that gives you the maximum number of whole tiles. You’ll need some basic maths skills for this but it’s not too tricky. Try to ensure any cut tiles are left as large as possible too.
- If you can’t avoid having some awkwardly cut tiles, put them where they will be covered with furniture or at least out of the main line of sight from the doorway.
- When you lay your tiles, you will not be able to walk on them for at least 24 hours until the adhesive has cured, so plan for at least a day where the room is a no go area.
- Cutting with a wetsaw can be easier than trying to use a tile cutting tool, and will invariably produce more accurate results. Save all the tricky cuts until the end, then rent a wetsaw for one day to get them all done in one go.
Laying a floor correctly and with the right amount of preparation will give you a surface that looks amazing and will stand the test of time.