Common tiling mistakes, such as incorrectly spreading the grout, can lead
to damaged tiles and an irregular tiled surface. Whether the tiles are
made of marble, porcelain, or glass, they should be installed in the correct way. Let’s look at some
common tiling mistakes to avoid.
Mistake #1: Not Hiring a Qualified Installer
One of the most common tiling mistakes occurs when homeowners do not hire
a tile installer. Many homeowners believe that do-it-yourself tiling projects
are easy, but they soon find out that the process requires knowledge,
experience, and attention to detail. When homeowners do not hire an installer
from their tile store, they risk loose and broken tiles, incorrect grouting,
and choosing the wrong adhesive. In addition to these tiling issues, homeowners
may not achieve the desired look on their backsplash or tile flooring.
Only a qualified tile installer can guarantee a well-laid tile project.
Mistake #2: Not Spreading the Grout
Spreading grout is a task for an experienced installer. If grout is not
spread evenly, then there is a risk of excess grout or uneven tiles. If
the grout is spread before all of the tiles are laid, then the grout will
dry unevenly and result in an irregular tiled surface. Grout should be
spread with the right tools and in an even technique that addresses the
entire tiled surface.
Mistake #3: Not Preparing the Surface
It is crucial that the intended surface be properly prepared before installing
any type of tile. If the surface is not completely cleaned of debris,
oil, and old adhesive, then the new backsplash or floor tiles may not
adhere correctly to the surface. When tiles cannot adhere to the surface,
then homeowners risk loose tiles and future complications from moisture
intrusion. The surface should be cleaned and scraped free of any debris.
Come down to Tile Fantastic’s
tile store in Palo Alto to speak with one of our qualified tile designers. We help
homeowners choose the right materials, like porcelain tile or marble,
and offer helpful suggestions on correct tiling methods. Please call us
at (408) 371-6247 to schedule an appointment.