Tiling Bathrooms

Tiling is always a good choice for your bathroom walls, around the sink, bath and toilet unit and can be excellent in a shower too. Tiles are durable and easy to clean; they always look shiny and are the most waterproof option there is. There are lots of really attractive designs to choose from and you should have no problem finding ones that will totally complement your fixtures and fittings. Tiles are great for part or completely covering the wall surfaces in any bathroom or shower area and are the longest lasting and most hygienic choice all round.

There are many types and sizes of tiles to choose from; Ceramic, Porcelain, Natural Stone and Mosaic. The natural stone types like granite are more porous than ceramic and often need treating and sealing, plus they are more expensive, but they can look really spectacular when used on floors, as do mosaic, which are available in sheet form so they can be cut to specific shapes. Porcelain tiles are more hard- wearing and tend to be available in larger sizes than ceramic but both types are excellent for bathrooms, being non- porous, brightly coloured and very easy to clean.

Fitting tiles, although a skilled job, can be done by a non-professional as long as they know what they are doing. The surfaces need to be level and preparing the surfaces for tiling is crucial, otherwise the results may be disappointing and you may even find the tiles will start to fall off.

When you are buying your tiles make sure you get about a dozen more than you need to cover for accidental breakage and save them in storage if any need replacing in the future. Also make sure you buy all of your tiles from just one supplier, as they can vary in colour and even thickness sometimes when bought from two outlets.

Removal of old tiles is another non-specialized job but it still needs some skill and experience to do it correctly. First, all fixtures and fittings need to be removed or well protected from the damage a falling tile could inflict on them. If there is tiling around a sink or toilet you will need to remove these units so you can get to the tiles behind them easily.

It is a messy job, so the flooring needs to be well covered (unless it is a tiled floor and you are taking those tiles off as well) So when the whole area is as clear as possible and all the tiling to be removed is exposed, you will need a strong bucket to put the old tiles in and a sharp knife blade to cut through the old grouting. You will also need a tool to lever the tiles off with like a putty knife, you need to be as careful as possible not to damage the wall surface and keep it as even as possible. Start from one edge, you may need to break a tile to get started and then remove tiles one at a time, starting at the highest point on one side and working either across or downward.

Once all the tiles and cement have been removed you can level the wall surface by filling, if necessary, and prime the surface for fitting the new tiles.