HOW MUCH FOR TILING?

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If you have ever done any tiling work you will appreciate that there is more to it than it first appears. It is not just the actual work that ensures that you have a decent tiling job. For starters no tiler can make a nice job from a poor choice of tiles or a really bad tiling surface. In order to end up with a decent tiling job you need to take into account the work area and the condition of the plasterwork surfaces.

As an example, you could tile a complete bathroom, wall to wall, within a day if you used large tiles. If you choose small mosaic tiles then you are probably looking 3/4 days. Lots of homeowners don’t think about the installation problems and additional costs when they choose their tiles.

I can tell you there are loads of floor and wall tiles on the market today that look beautiful but cannot be drilled by conventional methods. You actually need diamond water cooled bits to drill the tile. Can you imagine the difficulty if you have a recessed shower or have to drill holes for a shower door, extractor, shelf or whatever. You could end up spending another 100 just to get the kit to drill the tiles because nobody thought to ask if the tiles are easy to drill.


SO HOW MUCH TO TILE A BATHROOM?

Clearly prices will vary depending one the tile you chose and the surfaces. You need to know that if you go with a large tile - quicker to tile a bathroom - the walls need to be nice and level otherwise you have major problems.

Old houses offer up old walls with curves and hollows so don’t go getting tiles larger than Bathroom Wall Tiles300 mm x 300 mm unless you have decent walls. Try placing a straight edge on the walls before you shop for tiles to determine the state of your walls.

As a guide price, if you chose and average size tile, say 300 mm x 300 mm to tile floor to ceiling in an average 2.5 metre x 2 metre bathroom you are looking at about 400 / 800 depending on other variables such as location access etc.

Now if you choose mosaic tiles for the same bathroom then you are likely to pay a 1,000 plus as they take a lot more time to install and the grouting just takes forever.

Probably the biggest headache for bathroom tiling is recessed showers. It always looks best to have the tiles disappearing under the disks where the water pipes come out but it is generally impossible to get a perfect job unless you take out the shower unit or install a new one as the job progresses.


TILING BATHROOM FLOORS

Tiling a bathroom floor is generally straightforward enough providing you can remove the pedestal and w/c and refit on top of the new tiles. In fact if you are a homeowner and you want to tile your bathroom floor make sure that you allow for the removal and refitting of the basin/pedestal and w/c as otherwise the job is likely to look pretty sad on completion.

Don’t forget that before you can tile a bathroom floor you need to put down some marine ply - at least 12 mm thickness and if possible make it 18 mm. If you skimp on this work your lovely new tiled floor will crack up in no time making it all useless as the water will go down the cracks and destroy the floor entirely.

Other little problems on bathroom floor tiling are radiator pipes coming out of the floor and heated towel rail pipework. If possible use chrome pipes to feed the radiator or towel rail and get some chrome pipe disks to cover the hole in the tiles as it is the perfect way of finishing the job.

 


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