Bathroom Flooring – How To Lay Hard Tiles
Ceramic floor tiles are popular in bathrooms as they are durable and look sleek and elegant. However, they take a lot of work to lay and a downside is that they can be cold underfoot. To solve this, you could install underfloor heating, or simply use a well-positioned bath rug. Hard ceramic bathroom tiles come in a range of sizes, colors and patterns. Most are glazed, but if you have unglazed tiles you’ll need to seal them to stop them getting covered in tile adhesive and grout.
To get the best results, and to make your task simpler, it’s important to plan properly. As most bathroom aren’t totally square, it’s not a good idea to start your tiling from the edge of the room, as if the walls are level, this imperfection will be more visible in your tiling. It’s much better to find the centre of the bathroom and work outwards towards the edges. Tiles are generally laid onto a plywood sub-floor surface.
When you begin tiling your bathroom floor, used a notched spreader to apply tile adhesive to a small area where you plan to lay the first few tiles. Don’t cover too large an area at once, as it can take a while to lay each tile and there’s a chance the adhesive will start to dry out before you get there. Use pieces of cardboard between the tiles to act as spacers and ensure a consistent gap. When you’ve laid a few tiles, hold a spirit level over them to ensure they are flush. If they’re not, you’ll need to adjust the amount of adhesive accordingly. Repeat this as you go to make sure you get the best finish.
Once you’ve done the main bit of tiling using whole tiles, it’s advisable to leave them overnight for the adhesive to dry, as you will need to stand on them when you fit the cut tiles around the edges. Use a tile cutter to cut straight edges, and a tile saw for curved edges. Once all the tiling is complete, allow the adhesive time to dry before doing the grouting, as you would for wall tiles.