Diy Kitchen Tiling
DIY kitchen tiling will involve projects that require some skill, although with just a little bit of practice, any average handyman - or woman - should be able to do kitchen tiling successfully. Both kitchen walls and floors may be tiled, so DIY kitchen tiling projects are also quite varied. There are also many different styles and sizes to choose from should you decide to tackle DIY kitchen tiling.
When you visit any tile merchant or retail outlet that stocks tiles, you will usually find that tiles are categorised by function and type, including the degree of water resistance they offer and how well they will tolerate wear and tear. Remember that some tiles are only suitable for walls and not for the floor. When you buy tiles, it?s always a good idea to buy a bit more than you need, just in case some tiles break while you are laying them, or if they break at a later stage. Colours often vary in different batches and ranges do sell out, so having spares really is a good idea.
The different Tiles for your DIY Kitchen Tiling
Generally ceramic tiles are preferred for kitchens, although quarry tiles and other clay tiles are great for kitchen floors. Your supplier will be able to suggest a suitable tile adhesive for laying ceramic tiles. If you opt for clay tiles on the floor, it is sometimes preferable to lay them in mortar.
Before you start any DIY kitchen tiling, it's a good idea to practice first. Instead of actually tiling a wall or floor, consider buying a piece of chipboard and working on that instead. If you remove the tiles before the tile adhesive dries, you won't waste the tiles. But do wash all the adhesive off them before you start tiling your walls or floor with them.
Whether you are tiling a wall or floor, it is customary to start tiling in the centre. Then any cutting will be the same on all sides of the room. For this reason, DIY tilers often do the opposite, and start at a corner, and then work out from there, thus keeping cutting to a minimum. This can work well on a kitchen floor, providing you start at the door, because then kitchen units will usually cover or camouflage the cuts on the sides of the room.
For cutting, you will need some type of cutters. Although hand cutters with breaker wings are suitable for kitchen tiling jobs, they do take a bit of practice to use. Otherwise buy a small tile cutting machine that has a built-in scribe to score the tile before you break it. If you are going to opt for clay tiles, an angle grinder with a cutting wheel is the best tool to use.
Unless tiles have been manufactured with spacer lugs on the edge, be sure to use spacers to keep your tiles evenly apart. You can buy these in packets from your supplier. When you grout the tiling, these spacers will be covered, and so hidden. When you choose a grout, just remember to choose one that is compatible with the tile adhesive you are using. If you are laying clay tiles, you will normally use mortar between the tiles for your DIY kitchen tiling.