Tips and Tricks for Properly Installing Wall Tiles

11 Oct

Installing wall tiles in your kitchen or bathroom is a great way to add color to the room. Wall tiles come in different colors and designs that allow you to form unique color and textural patterns on your wall. You may decide to hire a specialist to install wall tiles for you or you may decide to do it yourself.  If you plan to install your wall tiles by yourself, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Only buy tiles that are made for walls. Although most tiles may look the same, wall tiles are much lighter than floor tiles, which is why they can remain on walls.

Use ceramic tiles instead of glass tiles. Ceramic tiles are less expensive and provide a great range of colors. Plus ceramic tiles are durable and easy to install compared to glass tiles.

Proper room temperature also plays a role in successfully installing your wall tiles. Ideally, room temperature should be between 50 to 70 degrees 24 hours before installation and 48 hours after.

Clean your wall thoroughly prior to installation to avoid bulges from emerging later on. In addition, remove wallpaper or chipped paint and sand if needed.

Before installing your tiles on the wall, lay out the tiles on the floor first to give yourself an idea on how it will look. Measure the wall to be sure it will hold  all of the tiles you want.

Place a piece of wood just below your guideline to make sure that your tiles are lined in a straight row.

When applying grout, make sure you read and follow the specific instructions of each product. This also applies to drying your grout. There are products that take a few days and even up to one week to completely dry.

Use tile spacers to accurately measure the space between each tile. This will also guarantee a cleaner and more organized result later on.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent


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