10 Best Bathroom Tiles Ideas
Laying ceramic tiles
A Machine-made ceramic tiles always look smarter if tile spacers are used when the tiles are set into the adhesive, to ensure that joints are evenly spaced and neat. This type of tile is easy to cut cleanly, which is a useful characteristic if a lot of cuts need to be made – around obstructions, for example, or if the tiles are laid on the diagonal.
Modern ceramic floor tiles are regularly shaped and quite thin, making them easier to cut than other types of tile. If you are laying the tiles on a timber floor, prime the floor first with either a general builder’s PVA adhesive or a special tile primer for wood floors. If the floor is at all uneven or insufficiently rigid, first cover it with plywood or WBP (Weather and Boil Proof) chipboard ( 152153).
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Laying the tiles
Begin by setting out and drawing up a grid of ‘boxes’ across the floor ( 156157). Mix up the tile adhesive according to the manufacturer’s instructions, adding any special additives for greater flexibility if you are covering a wood floor. Tile adhesive has a limited pot life, about 20 minutes, so do not mix up more than you will realistically be able to use in the time available.
Lay your first tile in the corner furthest from the door. In order accurately to position this tile, dry-lay a line of tiles from the centre point to the far wall along the centre line, and then draw a line at right angles to the centre line along the far edge of the last whole tile. Dry-lay tiles along the new line and, in the same way as before, draw a line on the far side of your last whole tile at right angles to your guideline. Providing this line is parallel to the centre line the last tile you
A Wide joints look particularly effective when used between small tiles. They are also helpful if the tiles a1 not all the same size different-sized gaps are less noticeable than different-sized tiles. Two widths of/ot have been used here deliberately, adding to the cham this arrangement of handmade and painted tiles. dry-laid is your ‘first tile’. Only spread t adhesive over an area of approx. lsq m 1 yd) at a time. Using the recommended s of a notched spreader or trowel, apply adhesive to the correct depth, norma approx. 3mm (Min). Depending on the adl sive being used, it may be necessary to but the back of the tile with adhesive as wk Press the tile into position with a slight twi ing motion; it is important to bed the t into the adhesive without any air gaps. I neat and even joints, usually 6 12n (V – ‘Ain), use plastic spacers between the n] Continue laying the tiles in the first mari square, checking the tiles are level with a sp level and straight edge. You need to work i as you have a very limited amount of time reposition any tiles that are incorrectly la If any adhesive gets on the surface of a i clean it off immediately with a damp clo ensure too that the joints are adhesive-fit When the first grid box has been la apply adhesive to the second and contir laying tiles along the far wall. Then compl the second row of squares and contir laying the tiles in rows of boxes, work back towards the door. Allow the i adhesive to dry thoroughly before walking on the tiles. Conventional adhesives usually need at least 24 hours although fast-setting adhesives can take only a few hours.
It will probably be necessary to cut tiles around the edges of the room to fit; if you lay the tiles on the diagonal, you will need to cut at least one in every two tiles. Ceramic tiles can be cut using a tile-cutting jig.
To determine where to cut a border tile place a whole tile over the last laid whole tile. To allow for the grout, place a tile on its side between this tile and the wall and place another tile up against it. Mark the middle tile with a soft pencil where the tile above it ends. Place the tile in the jig and cut along the marked line. Butter the back of the cut tile and press into position. Continue until all the border tiles have been laid, leaving the four corners until last in order to cut them accurately.
Where a tile has to go around an architrave, use a tile nibbler to chip away the edge of a tile. For pipes, the tile will have to be cut in half and a semi-circle nibbled out of each half to take the pipe; or you could cut a notch into one edge. When laying the two halves, leave only a thin joint between them so the cut is less noticeable when grouted.
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