Tile Installation Problems? Avoid These Common Mistakes
Tiling is a highly labor-intensive task and must be done with thorough planning and caution. A small mistake can disrupt the entire process. If you are considering laying tiles anywhere — be it at home or your office — you should certainly avoid these common mistakes.
- Inadequate preparation of the surface
Installing tiles on surfaces that are contaminated can lead to problems. Before installation, you must make sure the surface is smooth and clear off any dust and dirt. While cleaning and preparing the surface may take some extra time, the same will ensure that the tile is laid properly.
- Using the wrong adhesive
Tiles of different sizes and types require different adhesives. More often than not, people choose adhesives only based on the cost. However, this shouldn’t be the case. While installing the tile, you must know the type of adhesive it needs.
For instance, if you are using ceramic or vitrified tiles, then you can use acrylic adhesive. On the other hand, if you are using the tiles in an area where human movement is inevitable, you should ideally use latex.
- Cracking tiles while cutting
While cutting tiles, you must make sure not to break them. Too many broken tiles are not only wasteful but also expensive. Before cutting the tile, mark it with pencil and cut it slowly with even pressure.
Also, as you get to the end of the push, make sure to hold the tiles together so that they don’t break. If the tile is quite hard, then you need to go slow on cutting.
- Not paying attention to grout joints
It is essential to note that all tiles are not equal. The size can change from box to box. When you don’t pay attention to grout joints, the installer can’t make the necessary adjustments to allow ample space to make a change in the size of the tile.
To sum up
Apart from avoiding the above mistakes, you must read the manufacturer’s instructions before installing tiles. Sticking to them can help you install tiles with utmost ease, and more importantly, keep your tiles in proper shape.
Magicrete has on offer four kinds of adhesives – Standard, Elite, Premium and White. The variant that you choose should rest on the type and size of tiles. For instance, the Elite variant is usually suited for vitrified and ceramic tiles.