Tiling around a window is no easy task and that’s why it is a job most often left to a tiling professional.
After all, if mistakes are made it can be costly to put right and, ultimately, without paying significant attention to detail and doing a decent job, the end result can look terrible, leading to leaks, mould and cracks in the tile.
A tiling professional, however, is trained to tile around challenging points in the wall and can apply tiles around a window flawlessly so they look elegant and sophisticated, while offering water resistance and durability.
At UK Pro Tiling Training, we train our tiling students to tile any project with accuracy and efficiency. We, of course, instruct our students on how to tile around windows.
Here’s our step-by-step guide for how to tile around windows.
Before starting the job
- Plan the project!
Make sure you plan out the tiles and grout lines on the surrounding wall and window to make sure they all match up before applying any tiles.
- Collect the tools and materials you need, making sure they are accessible
- Tape measure
- Wall spacer
- Felt tip pen
- Mitre Block
- Grout spreader
- Adhesive spreader (Notched trowel)
- Adhesive (suitable for the room)
- Tile nipper
- Tile trim
- Tile cutter
- Safety Goggles
Tiling around a window
Measure the depth of the recess up to the edge of the window.
- Measure each tile gap using the tile spaces.
- Cut the tiles to fit using a tile cutter, you can use a tile cutting machine or tile nipper.
- To finish the corner tiles, use a tile trim and cut at a 45 degree angle.
- Starting from the bottom, spread the adhesive and apply the tiles.
- Work up the sides and finish at the top.
- Use a wooden support structure to hold the tiles (specifically the top tiles) in place.
- Leave the adhesive to dry for 24 hours. Once dry, the tiles will be fixed in place.
- Apply the grout.
- Wipe the tiles clean with a damp sponge.
After applying the tiles
Once applying the tiles and the grout and all has dried, it is a good idea to spray the tiles around the window with grout protector spray. This will protect the tiles from any moisture, damp, mould and general wear and tear.