Wall Tiles

Walls can be tiled in many different kinds of tiles such a cork, vinyl or even glass, but the most popular is still ceramic tiling for walls.  Tiles are sold as singles or collective in packs which can contain a specific number of tiles.  Before buying tiles, it must be clean how large the wall area is that needs to be tiled with wall tiles.  In order to get this, the height and the width of each part of the wall must be measured, and these figures must be multiplied with each other.  All the totals must then be added together in order to establish the total wall area for tiling.  Packs of tiles indicate the area that one pack can cover.  Divide the total wall area with the total pack area and round it up to the nearest one.  It is also recommended that one more pack is purchased for future use or to correct mistakes.

Before wall tiling can take place, ensure that the wall surface is suitable for tiling or that the walls are prepared for tiling.  In certain cases the wall surface must be prepared for the wall tiles, and extra care is advised to prepare walls which are bumpy.  If the wall is plastered and the wall plaster is in good condition, it can be the best wall surface for tiling as long as it is firm and dry.  Irregularities on a wall can be smoothed out with a coat of DIY skimming plaster and holes and gaps must be filled before tiling.  If plaster is crumbling, remove all the loose plaster and replaster before tiling.

Plasterboard is good for wall tiles, and they can be stuck over plasterboard without any particular preparation, as long as the plasterboard is even and in good condition.  Painted walls are normally not very suitable for wall tiles as the tile glue will not stick to it very well.  Before tiling can take place, the wall must be prepared by roughing the paint surface with coarse sandpaper, and loose paint flakes must be scraped off very well.

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