Tiling a wall, especially in a wet area, is not only a great way to protect the surface behind; it also looks absolutely fantastic as you can create so many different looks with tiles. Here’s what you need to know.
Wall tiling is generally used in wet areas where you do not want too much moisture to get through to the wall substrate such as in kitchens, bathrooms, and laundries. You can choose to have the wall tiled from floor to ceiling or you can have the tiling extend a certain way up the wall (in bathrooms, for example, it is common for tiles to stop at the top of the shower recess.
Tiles are a great choice for walls as there are many different types of tiles, you can lay in different patterns or feature tiles, there are many different colours available, and they are also very durable and easy to clean. Just make sure that the tiles you choose are suitable for walls, as weight can be a concern on certain substrates.
It is a good idea to use a tiler for most wall tiling jobs (if it is only a small, simple job, a handyman may be able to do it). This is because they are fully qualified and also experienced. The tiler will make sure that the wall is correctly prepared and levelled for tiling. They can also work around a floor that may not be completely level (you’d be surprised at the problems an unlevel floor can cause for wall tiling). The tiler will use the correct adhesive for the tiles, ensure that the tiles are spaced correctly, allow for any feature or border tiles, and finally grout and clean the tiles. They can also cut tiles in such a way as to preserve the pattern of the wall tiles as much as possible and minimise wastage.
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