Installing floor tile in the bathroom is a task that is often left to the experts. But tiling the floor of a small bathroom is a task that you can accomplish yourself with a little bit of work and the right planning. A project involving the retiling of the bathroom is not for those who have little experience with DIY projects around the house. Different bathroom floors require varied methods and approaches when it comes to relaying.
Even before you get started with the project, it is important to remember that laying down tiles for a small bathroom requires at least 15-20 total work hours. Do not be fooled by anyone who tells you that it takes just a few hours; especially when you are doing it for the first time…
There’s a reason tile is such a popular material for updating or renovating a bathroom. It comes with a variety of benefits which range from ease of cleaning to water resistance that ensures your walls, floors, and tub surround will last longer.
Of course, you can only take advantage of the many benefits of bathroom tile if it is installed correctly. Over time, tiles may break, or the grouting may begin to erode. Whether you are looking to install new tiling or replace your existing material, this bathroom tile installation guide will help you improve both the function and style of your space.
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What to consider before tiling your bathroom
What are some of the trends you see in bathroom tiles?
The trend seems to be using larger (600 x 600mm) floor tiles for small rooms like bathrooms. Although these may visually expand a small space, the larger tiles are difficult to work with because they are easily damaged due to the customised cutting. This can also be expensive because you end up wasting excess cut tile pieces.
Floor-to-ceiling tiles look amazing, but do they cost a bomb to install?
Tiling a wall from floor to ceiling is always going to be expensive because you’re increasing the total tile area. It’s important to keep in mind that floors and ceilings are never completely level, so you’ll always have to cut more pieces to fit.
Can tiling be a DIY job, or is it best left to the professionals?
When laying tiles, there are several things to keep in mind. Unlike painting, once the tiles are cut and placed, it’s next to impossible to move them unless you destroy them and start over. Before starting your project, it’s critical to set up the job for your customised tile sizes – tiling requires the use of specific equipment like a diamond blade and angle grinder. To avoid injury, it’s important to have experience using these kinds of tools.
Lastly, the key finishing touches are properly grouting and adding silicone between the tiles. For a top-quality job, my advice is to go on builders crack. co.NZ, read the reviews of experienced and qualified tilers, then post your job for available professionals to respond with a quote.
Is it best to get your tiler to supply tiles or get them yourself?
Most of the time, tilers will suggest shops and suppliers for their customers to choose from. There are so many different types, colours, sizes and textures of the tile; it’s easiest for the customer to pick what suits them best. Tilers will usually advise their customers what to watch out for when buying the tiles. Certain tiles are more suited for bathrooms, given the heavy use and moisture build-up. For bathrooms, be sure to avoid tiles that have lots of texture as they accumulate more dirt and grime.
How should you look after tiles and grout in the bathroom to prevent mould build-up?
A sealer will do the job! This is something that can be done easily after the tiler has finished. To protect the tiles from stains, mould and cracking, apply a thin layer of mould-resistant silicone. After years of wear and tear, it will help to reapply a new layer of silicone. Before laying a new layer of silicone, clean off all the dirt and moisture build-up with a brush, so the silicone sticks to the grout properly.
What are some of the main do’s and don’ts when it comes to tiling in the bathroom?
It’s important to have the right floor drain for shower installs and shower trays. Experienced tilers should know how to fit drains properly. If installed incorrectly, it can lead to leaking showers and tile cracks. To avoid spacing and sizing issues, measure out space accurately, leaving a space between tiles for grout. If you are tiling a wall, it’s easiest to lay out the tiles from the ceiling down, so your cut tiles are at the bottom.
What are some of the things that can go wrong when tiling in the bathroom?
One of the biggest things that can go wrong when tiling a bathroom is the tile cracking. To avoid this happening, be sure the surface you are laying the tile onto is clean, smooth and solid. After completing an entire bathroom project, the last thing you want to do is replace tiles that are loose or cracked. Take some time sanding the floors and walls before laying the tiles to ensure the surface is strong enough to support the tiles and withstand everyday bathroom use.
What are the pros and cons of black tiles?
They are practical and, when installed correctly, can look amazing. When choosing them, go for porcelain tiles which are black all the way through; this way, if they are chipped, it will be hard to see any damage.
Flip Your Bathroom from the Floor Up
Dreaming of a spa-like bathroom, but your old flooring squashes your Zen?
Whether it’s peeling linoleum or outdated vinyl, replacing your bathroom floor will quickly modernise your space. This two to three-day remodelling project will not only impress guests but can also increase your home’s value.
Flooring materials for the average bathroom typically cost between $100-$500, depending on your selections. Hiring a professional for the installation can double or triple your expenses so that this project can be a cost-effective option for the intermediate to expert DIYer.
Supplies Needed For Your DIY Bathroom Tile Project:
- Measuring tape
- Circular saw
- Grout float
- Knee pads
- Measuring tape
- Mixing bucket
- Notched trowel
- Rubber Gloves
- Safety glasses
- Wet tile saw
- Thin-set mortar
- Tile spacers
If you don’t have these tools on hand, visit your local home improvement store and ask about tool rentals.
How to Prepare Your Bathroom
In addition to towels, toothbrushes and decorative items, you’ll need to take out some bathroom fixtures to give you room to work. Remove these items to prep your bathroom:
- Toilet. Place an old rag in the hole to block sewer gas. Depending on the height of your new tile, you may need to install an extension ring over the toilet flange before reinstalling.
- Vanity. If you plan to replace your sink or vanity now or in the near future, make sure the entire area surrounding the drainpipe is covered to keep it level.
- Door. Removing the door keeps the space well-ventilated and allows more room to work. Also, you might need to undercut the door before replacing to accommodate the new tile height.
- Baseboard. This is optional but recommended. Reinstalling baseboards at the end of the project helps cover slight measuring mistakes for a cleaner look.
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Types of Bathroom Tile Projects
A major benefit of this material is its versatility. Tile can enhance your bathroom in a variety of ways.
The most natural spot to add tiles to your bathroom is on the floor. Installing a new tile floor adds a style element as well as functionality. You can choose to go with a simple colour or add patterns that enhance the design. But be sure to use tiles that are slip-resistant to avoid accidents. This article shows how you can complete this project in a single weekend.
Another common area to apply tiles is in your shower, which will improve the style and ensures that your actual walls remain safe from water. Adding tile to your shower allows you to carry the patterns and style of your floor to the wall. Here, some of the major advantage of the material – its resistance to water and ease of cleaning – come into play.
Tiling a Wall
Of course, tile is not limited to your floor or shower wall. This option takes the concept to a grander scale, allowing you to get creative. For example, you can add a backsplash to your vanity, or create a feature wall using colour and style that matches your taste.
What better way to integrate a bathtub into the room than by installing tiling around it? Surrounding your bathtub with tiles is similar to the shower option we suggested above. Protect your walls from water damage while simultaneously adding a style element that other tub surround options could not provide.
Types of Bathroom Tile
After determining which tiling project you want to undertake, you need to pick the materials best suited to your needs. Your options range widely, but here are the most common types of bathroom tiles and their best applications:
This is the most common type of bathroom tile because of its low cost and a high degree of versatility. Ceramic tiles work well for shower and tub surrounds because of their high degree of water resistance, and their ease of cleaning.
Glass tiles can be used to create a beautiful, single-coloured shower area or mosaic feature wall, but should be limited to low-traffic areas. Avoid placing them anywhere they could be easily scratched or damaged.
It looks beautiful, but may not be as resistant to water as your other options. If you can’t resist the look, restrict it to areas away from your shower or tub.
This material may be too heavy for some walls, but it’s perfect as a flooring choice. It can also work to tie your bathroom floors to your vanity’s countertops.
A classic choice for bathroom floors and walls, marble will resist all water while adding a beautiful design element. But its high cost is a sticking point that will make it’s a choice dependent on your budget.
Ultimately, your choice of tile will come down to both individual preferences and your budget. Consulting with an installation expert or your local home improvement store can help you make a more informed decision.
How To Tile A Bathroom Floor Yourself
Remove the old tile.
If you have made the call to tile the bathroom floor on your own, then at the very least, try and have someone around to help. The task is always easier when you have someone at home willing to do the peripheral work. Start by ripping out any old tile and carpet that is present in the bathroom. Take the time to remove the bathroom door, so that the entire process is less hindered as you move on to the next stage. Redoing the old floor beneath the tile surface depends on the condition of the floor.
Getting the new tiles Right
This is probably one of the easier parts of tiling your bathroom when you are doing it without expert help. Pick a bathroom tile pattern that you love for the new floor. Remember that there are hundreds of materials and colours available and your choice depends on both the size of the room and the theme of your house. From colourful tiles that offer a playful vibe to intricate designs that accentuate the look of the bathroom, here is a fantastic guide that will help you further in choosing the right tile.
Creating the right template
Once you are done with the removal of the old tiles and bathroom fixtures, and you have prepared the floor for the laying of new tiles, it is time to get the pattern and placement correct. Do not rush this step, like how you place the tiles and the way you arrange them will determine the final look of your bathroom. Use chalk lines to plan the placement of the tiles. This will give you a fairly good idea of how the finished bathroom will appear.
Create a template that is complete with grout lines, so you know exactly how much space you have left in the corners and how you need to cut the tiles for these nooks. If you are tiling a small bathroom floor, then a diagonal placement of tiles will make it appear visually larger.
Laying down the cement
Once you are confident about the placement of the tiles (once again, recheck this if you are not 100 per cent certain, as you cannot go back once you start), it is time to prepare the floor for the tiles. Buy top-quality cement that has excellent adhesive properties so that it makes your task a lot easier. Do not mix the entire amount of adhesive cement at once. Since you are new to the task, placing each tile carefully takes considerable time. If you mix the cement in bulk, it is bound to dry up even before being used.
Lay the tile with precision
Buy a notched trowel at the local hardware store, as it is an absolute must when it comes to laying down the bathroom tiles. It ensures that the tiles are all placed at the same height and will also make sure that the adhesive sticks to the entire lower surface of the tile. Place the tiles carefully and use a light wooden block and a small hammer to press them into place. Always start at the centre of the room instead of the corner to ensure that the grout lines are straight.
Grout and Sealing
Most homeowners tend to overlook the colour of the grout while laying in the bathroom tiles. However, this minor detail can alter the entire appeal of the bathroom. Pick a grout that is complementary to the colour of the bathroom. Both dark- and light-coloured grouts have their pros and cons. So it is helpful to go with a shade that suits your bathroom best. Apply the grout evenly with a grout float and gently sponge the tile surfaces when done.
Washing away the mess
Use lukewarm water and a sponge to clean the grout completely from the tile surface. Now is also the only time when you can get those grout line straight. Using the edge of the sponge, draw out straight lines and shape the edges in a clear fashion. Once the grout sets in, you will not be able to redo this bit later. So take a bit of extra time and ensure that it is perfectly symmetrical. Stay off of the bathroom surface for another 24 to 48 hours before you wash the floor clean again.
Do not box yourself into a corner!
Though this sounds innately simple, most of us inevitably tend to box ourselves into a corner at some point! Plan the layout of the tiles in advance, as well as the order in which you will be positioning them. Grouting and cleaning are much easier than removing the old tiles and putting in the new ones.
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Smart and Beautiful Finish
Applying a sealer on top of the bathroom floor helps keep it in top-notch shape for a longer period of time. It also keeps infestation away, makes your bathroom floor more resistant to steam and water, and ensures that it has a shinier look. Tiling your bathroom floor has several innate advantages. Perhaps the biggest perk is the money that you save. Most often, you will cut costs by a good 60 per cent if you tile the bathroom yourself. But it is not a job for those who do not enjoy some serious work around the house!
If you are redoing the floor of a small bathroom, have your local hardware store cut the tiles for the edges. Don’t forget to get a few gloves and even a couple of knee pads to make it a touch easier. But, if you are ever stuck in a conundrum midway, call in some expert help and be proud of the work you completed on your own. Aside from saving some dough, the project is bound to give you some invaluable experience and an ability to handle future floor dilemmas with improved confidence!
Installing new or replacing the existing tile in your bathroom can significantly elevate the space while simultaneously improving its function. Of course, you either need to do it right or hire the right professionals to ensure that you can take advantage of its benefits.