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Avoid These Common Mistakes When Laying Tile

Are you about to lay down some new tile in your bathroom, kitchen or great room? Every first-timer makes a few mistakes when laying tile. That is why we are here to help.

Here are several mistakes many people commit while laying tile:

  • Improper Adhesive. Especially in the bathroom or kitchen, novice tile installers commonly overlook the adhesive they choose to use. A waterproof adhesive is needed when laying down tile floor.
  • Too few tiles. Always buy more tile than you think you’ll need. Tiles will break, whether you’re installing them, moving them, or simply setting them down.
  • Not using battens. These thin wooden rods help ensure level and equally-spaced tiles. Learn how to use them.
  • Taking silly shortcuts. Clean the surface you’re working with. Remove wallpaper, sand¬†wood, or scour tiles that will have a second layer added on top. Don’t skip a step in the process.
  • Corner dotting. Putting extra adhesive on the corners of tiles can create excess pressure and shrinkage, resulting in unsightly cracks and damage.
  • Grouting too quickly or unevenly. Wait at least 24 hours after setting the tiles before grouting them. Spread the grout with a squeegee and only focus on small areas at a time.
  • Not using a sealant. Fill the bathtub with water to put strain on it and seal the space between the tiles and tub. Otherwise, you’ll get leaks.

For more advice on installing tiles, or to see our selection of porcelain, ceramic, stone, glass, and metal tiles, contact Conestoga Tile today!