Diy Bathroom Tiles

DIY bathroom tiles come in all shapes and sizes, and range from stick-on vinyl to classy ceramic. In fact DIY bathroom tiles are no different to the tiles that a professional tiler would use. The difference is that when you're talking about DIY bathroom tiles, you are the person who'll be doing the tiling.

So if you're into DIY and want to either tile a new bathroom or renovate an old one, what do you need to know? First of all let's look at tiles that are suitable for bathroom floors, then we'll look at tiles for bathroom walls.

The different DIY Bathroom Tiles

Vinyl tiles come in a box and all you do is stick them to the floor, following the manufacturer's instructions. There may be a bit of cutting involved, around the base of basins and toilets for example, but you should be able to do this using a sharp, good quality utility knife. Although many vinyl tiles already have adhesive on them, it's usually a good idea to use some extra glue underneath, to make sure they stay stuck. Just be sure to use an adhesive recommended for vinyl tiles.

Carpet tiles also come in a box, but they're not a good idea for bathroom floors, because they're sure to get wet and then they'll become smelly.

Other tiles that are suitable for bathroom floors include natural looking quarry tiles and a wide variety of ceramic tiles. When you go and choose your tiles, you will see that not all tiles are suitable for use on the floor. Some are only good for walls. So be careful. Also consider safety. Highly glazed ceramic tiles and polished marble or granite tiles might look wonderful, but when they get wet they get very slippery.

Tiling with quarry and ceramic tiles isn't difficult, but you do need to be accurate. There's nothing worse that uneven or crooked lines between tiles. Make sure your floor is clean and dry before you start work, and then snap a chalk line as a guide. The work progressively so that you don't cover the entire guide line with mortar or tile adhesive, whichever you are using.

Ceramic tiles are the most usual choice for bathroom walls and you can decide whether you want to tile the whole room, or just areas where water is likely to splash. You can also decide whether to tile up to dado height, or whether to tile to the ceiling. There are some interesting dado tiles available to finish off at that height.

Laying wall tiles is a bit more tricky that laying floor tiles, because you don't have a flat surface to work on. Obviously you start from the bottom, spreading adhesive progressively as you work. It usually helps to nail a straight timber batten to the wall, so that the upper part of the batten is in line with where the bottom tile would be. That will keep your first row of tiles level, and you can go back and fill in the tiles at floor level later, when the adhesive has dried. If your tiles have lugs on them this will simplify tiling, because the lugs keep the tiles evenly spaced. If not, use plastic spacers available from tiling suppliers.

The last step of DIY tiling involves applying a grout that will settle between the tiles. When all this is done, you should be able to step back and admire your DIY bathroom tiles.

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