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You might be nervous about tiling your first time. However, tiling in auckland can be a simple process. You can save money and do a great job if you are careful.

Here are our Top 7 Tricks to help you get started when it comes time to do a great job with tiling.

Purchase more tiles than you think you will need

Standard tiling advice is to purchase 10% more tiles than you need. The extra amount helps cover any miscalculations or breakages, especially for novices. You can use the Tile Calculator to determine how many tiles are needed for each job. Or, you can ask one of our staff members for help.

It is not a good idea just to purchase enough tiles and hope you will return to the store for more. The danger is that the tiles you buy might come from a different batch, leading to slight differences in the colours. If your tiles are discontinued, you might find that there are no more stock.

We will gladly refund you if you have any unopened tiles left over from your project and did not buy additional tiles.

Start in the middle

Whether tiling floors or walls, it is important to always place the first tile in its middle before moving on. If you start at the edge, you’ll end up with uneven grout lines and messy edges. Take the time to properly prepare your work area.

Before you begin, make a mock layout.

Lay out your tiles before you tile the floor. Make sure that each cut is even. Adjust the tiles to ensure the edges are as symmetrical and even as possible. Use a pencil to mark the location of the tiles on walls so that you can determine if they will be symmetrical. You must always leave enough space for grouting or your calculations may be off.

All things should be kept level

When tiling, it is important to ensure that all tiles are level. The Tile Levelling System has been redesigned to solve the tile ‘lippage’ problem. It also saves time during installation. This system helps adjust tiles’ height and evenly holds them during adhesive drying.

Intrigued? Stop by any of our stores and ask for a demonstration!

Make sure the gaps are even

Tile spacers are used to keep gaps between tiles even. Spacers are available in sizes 2mm, 3mm, and 5mm. Ask our staff member for advice on which size is best for your tiles.

Measure twice and cut once

This is a well-known saying. However, it’s true. It’s impossible to be too careful when it comes ensuring your tiling job looks perfect. Make sure you measure around fixtures and fittings before cutting tiles. You should also be cautious and only cut small amounts. If you make a mistake, you can always trim a little more, but you will have to start over with another tile.

Before grouting, ensure that the tile adhesive has dried completely.

Before you apply grouting, the adhesive must be dry completely. Allow at least 24 hours for it to dry completely. You risk shifting the tiles if the adhesive is still damp.

Another tip: Slow setting adhesive is better for tile installation than rapid adhesive, which can take up to 45 minutes.

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