Installing new tiles, a few basic steps

Remodelling your home with a new set of tiling is going to have the effect of the ultimate facelift. You’ve picked just the right tiles to go with your home, and you’re ready to get to work. There are common difficulties encountered when engaging in such a project, however. Laying tiles is not your regular DIY project, it’s a bit more complex and requires that you take into account the possible pitfalls that can arise. Here are six pointers to watch out for when starting such a project:

  1. The plan

    Each tile-laying project can have unique challenges that mu
    st be considered. Make a
    thorough plan of the surface that is to be re-tiled. Look
    into what types of materials you’re going to
    work with. The most important things to determine at this poin
    t are: if your home would benefit
    more from tiles or stone; if you already bought the mat
    erials, check if they require pre-sealing, and
    if the tiles are moisture-sensitive; finally, ensure you h
    ave all the necessary materials (grout, trims,
    fittings, etc.).
  2. The design

    Tiles are appealing to work with because they fit together. Howeve
    r, they weren’t
    custom made for your surface, (or any other for that matter
    ) which means you’re going to have to
    cut them at one point or another. Finding solutions for c
    orners, edges and trimmings will be one of
    the great challenges of this project. Avoid making small
    cuts whenever possible, and use uncut tiles
    at entrance areas.
    Furthermore, you will want to visualise how it will all look b
    efore you apply
    adhesive to your tiles. If you’re working with someone else
    , communicate with them to make sure
    you follow the same design vision. Dry tiles can be laid o
    ut on the floor to preview the look
    and
    you should definitely do this.
  3. Surface cleaning

    Prepare the surfaces you will cover with tiles. Specific
    ally, you will want to make
    sure that it’s all clean and dry. Release agents or curing
    compounds can sometimes be a problem
    (from previous flooring you might have had), so remove any
    such impediments. Take some water
    and spray it over the concrete. If the water soaks in an
    d leaves marks, you’re good to go! If it
    doesn’t, you need to clean some more. Cleanliness is of para
    mount importance, as tiles laid on a
    dirty surface will come back later in the form of heft
    y repairs.
  4. Waterproofing
    Water is another great concern when laying tiles. As with
    the previous matter, failing
    to correctly waterproof the surface will create damage
    not only to the tiles, it can even cause
    structural faults which will be costly and difficult to r
    epair. The first thing to do is to check if the
    water settles and gathers into small ponds. Drainage issues
    can occur if this happens, so ensure your
    floor is level. If it isn’t, you will want to look into way
    s you can remedy the situation
    even if it
    delays your project, you will be happier in the end, witho
    ut nasty surprises. Next up, check the
    adhesives you will use (make sure it’s the correct one for
    your tiles), and follow the instructions
    regarding curing times. Shower taps, bath spouts and all t
    he rest of your plumbing should be sealed
    before you get to work.
  5. Structural integrity

    A white coating known as efflorescence can form on the
    surface of various building
    materials, including concrete. This crystalline deposit i
    s a problem sometimes, as it can be
    indicative of structural weakness. Using a protective memb
    rane over the tiles is a good way to avoid
    it. Before laying the tiles, check if the underground water
    can drain. As for the external tiles, you
    must make sure that it’s all waterproof, including sealing the
    joints and the fittings against rainwater
  6. Adhesive rules

    There are many tile types out there, and just as ma
    ny adhesives. You have to check
    that you’re using the right one. There are some simple ru
    les to follow here, if you want your tiles to
    remain where you place them. Avoid sticking large tiles di
    rectly to fibre cement or particleboard
    they can crack. If you want to place the new tiles over ol
    der ones, extensive surface preparation
    must be made (as well as the aforementioned compatibility
    of adhesive-tile). Finally, research the
    type of glue you will use and make sure you leave it to cure
    and dry for as long as it needs.

Possible Tile Trends for 2017

Choosing the perfect tile for your bathroom and kitchen can be enjoyable but it’ll be hard since there are a lot of factors you must consider the color, style and design that you’ll still love in years to come.  You might be dumbfounded with choice, wondering whether to play it safe or take a risk in your design.

I joined a discussion with interior design bloggers, all with their pulse on what’s currently hot in design and what they feel will be bang on trend for tiles in 2017. Here’s what we’re predicting will be the biggest trends in tiles for 2017!

#1: Patterned Tiles

“Patterned tiles. Doesn’t matter what colour as long as they’re patterned. Bathrooms and kitchens are full of straight lines and hard surfaces and a patterned tile brings some softness – even if it’s a monochrome pattern (my favourite). It’s also a really good way to bring in your own personality. These rooms can often look very similar – lots of white and grey – and a patterned tile shows you have really thought about the space and brought your own personality to the room.”

Kate Watson-Smyth, Mad About the House

#2: Creative Layouts

“Wing is one of the shapes in the Bolon Studio collection from Bolon, which are contemporary woven vinyl floor tiles that let you create you own custom look. For this look, they mixed several neutral gray tiles with a super bold yellow creating a dynamic visual in this room.”

~ Caroline Williamson, Design Milk

#3: Coloured Tiles

” ‘Little Bricks’ is a colourful collection of multi-tonal tiles designed to create a classic metro-style look.”

~ Carole King, Dear Designer

#4: Hex and Shaped Tiles

“I think we’ll be seeing an increase in the use of shaped tiles, like hexagons and triangles. They’re really effective used both on floors and walls and can help create style and design with limited effort.” ~ Rachel Newcombe, Fresh Design Blog

#5: Vintage Reborn

“The lines between all things contemporary and vintage are blurring, with high street shops selling new furniture and home decor to look old. Eclectic interiors are becoming increasingly popular but it’s a hard look to pull off, to make it appear authentic.”

~ Karen Knox, Making Spaces

#6: A Return to Terracotta

“Hello early 90s! Terracotta is going to make a huge comeback in our homes as part of the growing design trend I’m calling Desert Wanderer: This trends is all about the quality of hand made items and their raw materials, but in a clean simpler way. Think orange tones, muted saffron and cinnamon shades mixed with kilim prints, hammer beaten metal furniture mixed with layers upon layers woven fabrics and cushions. Time to revisit terracotta tiles on your floors, walls – and even ceilings!” ~ Maxine Brady, We Love Home

#7: Black is the new Black

“Black is the new black (again). It never goes out in my opinion! Also I’ll be looking out for fixings and fittings coming in more colours and finishes. Why on earth taps for example are 95% silver/chrome I’ll never know but brass, bronze and gold is creeping up behind and I’m hoping to see more colours come through. I’m currently on the hunt for some black bathroom taps!” ~ Karen Knox, Making Spaces

 

Home Sweet Home

Our homes are an expression of us as individual people and of course a house has a character of its own, hence why finding the right home is often difficult. When looking for homes the house tale that ‘you just know’ is often correct and walking to a house for the right time, should emit all the positive and warning signs that it will do every day you live there. People who are looking for homes, often are looking for different things; some people look for space – both indoor and outdoor, others want a house they can move straight into, and others will be looking for something they can transform into their own unique space.

Cottages are becoming increasingly popular amongst the older generations as the with the exposed wooden beams and solid wood originally flooring now a wanted feature. In comparison to this the younger generations are still looking for the more modern houses, with blank canvasses where they can make the house their own from scratch. For virgin home-hunters young couples are looking for a place where they can mirror themselves and have a space which is something which represents them and their personality.

From The Bottom Up

Building a home requires exceptional planning, effort and termination. However when building it is important that you get the right materials and tools for the job, it will make a world of difference using good quality resources and will make a huge improvement to the final project. Often you will find sourcing foundation materials such as your wood and cement from local distributors will not only provide you with top quality products from locally sourced sites, but even the small things such as transporting masses of materials will be reduced.

construction-370588_1280Cement in the current market is not cheap and give or take you are looking at £30 per kilo of good quality cement needed for the foundations of any structure you will intend to build. On average you will be need around 500-1200kg of cement for a area of 50sqm space, and will give you a depth of 6-10 inches thick. Of course nowadays more and more projects are following the eco friendly trend that are being incorporated in most new builds today. Water tanks and other extra piping will bump up the material shopping list with more cement needed to secure such additional elements.

 

Flooring: Checkmate

Wall and flooring tiling are the face of any room, if you want traditional then solid oak floor blanks will create a warm and old aura to the room. A couple layers of protective gloss will not only make the floor practically appropriate but also surface the grain of the wood which is the beautiful attraction of wooden flooring which we all love.

When looking at wall tiling in the bathroom, kitchen, utility room and sometimes other rooms, gone are the days when the conventional plain bold white colours are used. For kitchens it is a chance to add some wonderful colours, contrasting and complementary which work well in creating a unique the and character to a room. Of course for bathroom panels the tiles need to not only be aesthetically pleasing to the eye but also have a practical usage which will work well within the home and ideally serve its purpose.

Recently introduced and slowly taking to the market are the new outdoor tiles, which offer a unique appearance to the home. They are popular amongst the more modern buildings which are made up of several flats. The tiles come in a range of colours, patterns, and textures, however the favorability is there easier installation process which means when building on mass scale, it is quicker to create great looking flats in cheaper method.