Tiling for Dummies

Tiling for Dummies

Want to turn a hand to tiling your floor? Taupo Tiles offer a range of DIY flooring options that are easy enough to install yourself. However, tiling does come with its challenges. Here are our top seven tips when giving it a go:

  1. Start small:

Don’t plan to tile a large kitchen for your first project. First up, try a small bathroom or entry so you can get the hang of it.

  1. Watch a ‘how-to’ video:

Tiling is a hands-on project, and there is no substitute for watching an expert at work. Browse YouTube for lots of great videos to learn from.

  1. Buy quality tools:

A trowel that costs 30% less is not a bargain if it breaks halfway through your project. Buy the best quality tools you can afford.

  1. Do NOT buy a costly tile cutter or wet saw:

For your first project, hire this equipment. It’s better to spend less and hire quality equipment. If you find that you enjoy laying tiles, and plan to lay more in your house, consider investing in your own cutter or saw thereafter.

  1. Order enough tile:

Take careful measurements and order extra tile. Tile is made in batches and if you get tile from two different runs, it may not match. Allow between 10 – 20% extra for waste and breakage. At Taupo Tiles, we will buy back any unused boxes.

  1. Don’t forget the trims:

These are used to hide a tile’s unglazed edge and any cut tile edges. Measure how much you need to complete full lengths without piecing.

  1. Have fun:

Remember, this tiling is a learning process. Tile experts charge a lot of money for a reason – it takes time and practice! Just remember, each room you tile will look better than the last.

For all your tiling products call in and see the team at Taupo Tiles. We’re local like you!

For more information visit: www.taupōtiles.co.nz
2 Ashwood Ave, Tauhara, Taupō
Phone 07 378 4079

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