Tiling a Wall: How To Guide

Tiling a wall is a lot different from tiling floors, especially if you are tiling a wall in a kitchen or bath area. Special consideration and treatment of the wall for moitsure and water leakage must be made and special materials must be used to protect the walls and tile from damage.

Ceramic tiles are a good solution for areas that need an easy to maintain tile. They are durable and the surface can be easily maintained.

Before you begin tiling you will need to prepare your wall. The surface must be cleaned and allowed to let dry. Make sure to cover any holes or cracks with spackling compound. Scrape off any old paint or other debris from the wall and sand the wall down so that it is even and smooth.

Seal up any areas where water might leak, such as in corners or where the wall meets fixtures.

Tiling a wall Step 1.

It is a good practice to lay out the tile and spacers on the floor near the wall you are tiling so as to measure out the space and figure out how many tiles are need in a row. Use a marking stick to mark the tiles and spacing so that you can use this on the wall when you begin.

Make sure to plan for any furniture or fixtures that will be placed on the wall.

Leave a space approximately 1/8 of an inch above the top of the tub. This space will need to be caulked with silicon caulk. This prevents water from getting behind the tile.

Step 2.

Using your marking stick begin marking off sections of the wall so that you know how to line up the tile once you begin. Mark of a horizontal line half way up the wall and a vertical line in the middle of the wall (left to right). This will give you a good starting point. Basically you will begin at the center of the wall and work your way up, down and across the wall to the corners.

Step 3.

Now you are ready to tile but remember that when you apply the tiles they may slowly slide down the wall until the adhesive is dry enough to keep them in place. The best practice here is to use a board against the wall to hold the freshly laid tiles in place.

Step 4.

Start spreading the adhesive to the wall starting from the center point and working in 3 feet sections. Make sure not to cover your guide lines.

Step 5.

Start putting the tiles in place over the adhesive. Insure that they rest on the support board and press them into place. Avoid sliding them on the wall. If adhesive gets on the tiles clean it before it dries. It normally takes 20 -30 minutes for adhesives to dry.

Step 6.

Once you reach the corners you may need to cut the tiles. Insure that there is enough space in the corner for adhesive and if needed, caulking.

Step 7.

Seal the joints between the tub and tiles with caulk.

That's it, you're done. (at least you should be)

Note that some jobs are best left to the professionals. Especially if you working with a large space, expensive material, and you are inexperienced. Hiring a professional may infact save you time, headache and expenses. Be sure to contact us if you need a contractor referral.



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