Tile Installation is all about surface preparation and layout. Although fairly easy to do as a home project, our clients typically hire us for substantially large jobs or in times where they are too busy to do it themselves. Once surface has been prepped and layout has been complete, the next step is to settle the tiles. Remember you have to work top to bottom so ceiling tiles before walls and walls before floors. But when doing countertops and backsplashes is backwards first countertops than backspashes.
Plast-All offers various services in Tiling although We typically focus on Wall tiling, we do offer:
- Counter top tiling
- Kitchen Backsplash Tiling
- Wall Tiling both Interior and exterior walls
- Floor Tiling
- Entrance way Tilling
- Bathroom Tiling
- Outdoor Terrace Tiling
- Ceramic Tiling
- Removal & Replacement of Wall or Floor Tiles
- Grout Repair/Removal
Remember the appropriate adhesive must be used. For walls, if wall substrate is composed of plywood, tile, green board or drywall than utilize Type I adhesive. If the wall substrate is cement board or concrete than utilize multi-purpose mortar. If dealing with any other substrate remove it or overlay with 50 mm think exterior grade plywood or cement board before tiling.
When tiling floors, if the substrate is cement board or a concrete Slab, utilize Thinset Mortar as bonding agent. If substrate is particle board or vinyl than either remove it or overlay with 50mm think grade plywood or cement board. And if substrate is existing tile or exterior grade plywood than utilize adhesive type 1 or multi-purpose mortar.
When tiling countertops, if substrate is plywood or existing tile than use Adhesive type I or multi-purpose mortar. If substrate is cement board than use a thinset or multi-purpose mortar. Lastly if your substrate is particle board or laminate than remove or overlay with cement board or exterior grade plywood.
Once you have the correct adhesives ensure you are only mixing what you will use in 30 minutes or less and remember to use the correct trowel for the job (Square-notch or V shaped). When applying adhesive apply a 12mm thick coat onto the grid area surface, removing any excess adhesive and leaving the setting area consistent and rigid. When setting the tile start from one corner of the grid and work outward. Use a rubber mallet to tap the tiles into place. Once at the other end and corner take the proper measurements and cut the tiles to appropriate sizes.
The last step is to grout the joints, remember to choose a grout color that will match your tile selection. When dealing with floor tile if the joint width is less than 3mm than use a non-sanded grout type if the joint width is 3-5mm use a fine-grain sanded grout and if more than 5mm joint width than utilize a coarse-grain sanded grout type. When tiling walls and countertops if less than 3mm joint width that use a non-sanded grout type and if more than 3mm joint width than utilize a fine-grain sanded grout type. When applying the grout, ensure to compact within the joint and scrap off any excess.
Make sure you are utilizing safety glasses and gloves and remember we are here to help if you need us!