Month: October 2016

How to measure up a tiling job

How to measure up a tiling job

In order to work out how many tiles you need for your tiling project, you need to work out the metre square of the space to be tiled and we are going to guide you through how to do just that. The correct planning is essential to achieve the perfect finish.

1] Measure the total area of the room / space to be tiled

Firstly measure the width of the area (a)
Secondly, measure the height (b)
Multiply the width with the height (a x b) to calculate the total area of the wall /floor

2] Measure the area of obstructions

You definitely do not want wastage when doing a tiling job. In order for your business to be efficient, you need to order the perfect amount of tiles for your job with a few surplus thrown in for good measure. You do not, however, want to have too many tiles left over. For this reason, it is important to take out any obstructions, such as a window or a door or any other fixed feature of a room or floor.

Calculate the area of the fixed features (door, window etc) with the same method as above

3 Work out the total area minus obstructions

X (total area)  –  (total obstructions) = Total Area Metre Square

Remember to add 10% to allow for cutting waste, breakages and a few spares.

4] Adding markers

It is essential to set out a tiling job correctly to ensure that you have good cuts, remember if you end up with a thin piece of tile anywhere it will look terrible and be hard to do. Try and calculate where the tiles will end up, don’t start with a full tile on the floor or in the corner of a room as these are unlikely to be square or level.

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Tiling on a plaster wall

Tiling on plaster

If you have a tiling job to do in your bathroom and the walls have been skimmed with plaster you have to follow a few guidelines when installing tile to make sure you do not have a failure resulting in all the tiles coming off the wall.078-682x1024

Firstly check the condition of the plaster skim, it should be fully dried out and a light pink colour.
You must also check that the plaster does not have a shine on it, this is caused by over trowelling the plaster when applied, if it has then a wire brush is needed to roughen up the surface.

Weight Ratio

It is important to check the weight of your tiles as plaster skim has a 20kg per square meter weight ratio therefore your tiles and adhesive should not exceed these weight otherwise failure could occur due to the skim de bonding from the wall, cement adhesive will usually weigh about 4kg per meter squared plus the tile weight.

Chemical reactions

If using a cement powdered adhesive you must put a barrier between the gypsum based plaster and the cement adhesive otherwise a reaction can go on between the two products, when these two products meet a layer of ettringite crystal can form which causes the failure. To stop this happening a diluted mix of 2 parts water to 1 part acrylic primer or SBR must be applied to the plaster to create a barrier between the two products.


Once the tiles have been applied a suitable grout must be applied between the joints of the tile, this grout locks everything into place and stops water from getting between the tile joints into the backgrounds.

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