In any bathroom or kitchen DIY and decorating project, choosing which type of tile is suitable for decoration is one of the most exciting tasks to undertake. However, don't let your excitement cause you to lose concentration and make one of the many common tiling mistakes. Floor and wall coverings have the ability to make or break a room, and making the wrong choice can be a costly mistake that must be rectified later in the process. Our list of the most common tiling mistakes – as well as advice on how to avoid them – will assist you in making your tile selection.
Typical tiling errors to avoid include:
1. Not ordering a sample first
A common mistake that leads to problems later on is for homeowners to avoid ordering samples in the first place. In order to see the true color, texture, and finish of a tile, ordering either a swatch sample, a small cut of the full tile, or a full tile sample (which is best for assisting you in visualizing how it will look in your space).
2. Making an incorrect estimate of the number of tiles you will require
Is there anything more frustrating than reaching the end of a bathroom or kitchen renovation and realizing that you are only a few tiles short of finishing the job? When purchasing tiles, it is common to overlook wastage and breakages, which can result in a significant financial loss. To avoid this, we recommend ordering an additional 10% of the total order to account for this possibility. The cost of ensuring you have the appropriate number of tiles to complete your project is a small investment.
Note that color variations between batches of tiles can occur as well, making it even more critical to get the color combination right from the start in order to avoid any mismatched shades in your finished product.
When it comes to laying tiles in a herringbone pattern, we recommend ordering an extra 15% of the tiles to allow for all of the fiddly cuts that need to be made.
3. Purchasing the incorrect size
From 7.5 x 15cm metro bricks to large format tiles measuring 60 120cm, tiles are available in a variety of sizes. When it comes to DIY projects, having a wide range of options is a plus, but choosing the wrong size can spell the difference between success and failure.
The most important consideration is how the tile will appear in the room. It is generally true that a larger room can accommodate large format tiles better than a smaller room, such as an entrance hall.
For example, a bathroom may benefit more from smaller mosaic style tiles than an open plan kitchen-diner, which is a smaller space overall.
Aspects such as grout lines should also be taken into consideration because they will have an impact on the final result. There are more grout lines on smaller tiles, which can make a space appear cluttered.’
4. Choice of price over quality is another example
The adage "buy cheap, buy twice" comes to mind. In the short-term, purchasing a less expensive but inferior product may appear to save you money; however, it will eventually require replacement much more frequently than products of higher quality.
5. The incorrect tile was selected for the job
The type of tile required will be determined by the location in which the tiles are being installed. Is the tile going to be used on the outside or the inside of a building. Is the tile suitable for heavy foot traffic on the inside, and can it be used with underfloor heating if it is installed on the inside? Are there any requirements for regular sealing, or does the material have sufficient lightness to be used as a wall covering?’
You might fall in love with a design, but the tile finish might not be appropriate for your needs. When choosing a tile, it's critical to ensure that it will work in the space in which it will be utilized. The last thing you want are cracked tiles or slippery stone that has been laid in an inappropriate location.
6. The incorrect grout color was used in the sixth instance
It is not only important to consider what color grout to use that will influence the final project outcome, but choosing the wrong color may also affect and even damage the tile you use. Grouts in lighter colors are recommended for most products, including natural stone, encaustic, and terrazzo tiles, among others. Natural pores in the tiles can become stained when grout is black or brightly colored.
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