Tiling a is a profession and those who specialized in doing it makes good money from it. The idea of tiling a may vary from one country to another due to differences in weather and environmental conditions. Besides, some countries have some of their buildings made with treated woods, while some may have theirs made with treated clay and some . Whichever be the case of the materials your country uses, it is important to grab this idea in case if such need arises and there is no available tiller in your area.
are the most common use in most buildings in except in some exceptional cases that are when superior types of may be used. Some who could not afford the cost usually go for that are less expensive like the plastic . Those who could not afford any of them or who may have some other preferences can go for and .
Before tiling a there are factors that must be considered, such factors include:
FACTORS TO BE CONSIDERED BEFORE TILING A
- The topography of the . This simply means how smooth or leveled the is. Tiling a will require that the is made smooth and uniform on the surface level.
- The material used for the . This is important because cement tiles cannot be used on floors made of woods, backed clays, iron or steel floor surfaces, floor made of thick glasses, and so many other possible floor materials. In my building experience, I have noticed that all the usually used for are on floors made with concretes. You will understand the detail of concrete at the end of this article.
- The quality of the concrete . A concrete that was made with poorly mixed concretes will not be able to last long, the evidence will be visible when the starts to crack after some time, hence mounting on such will make some of the to sink inside and possibly break in pieces after some time.
- The quality of the . There are some newly built houses that may not need on their floors, instead; special customized interlocking stones can give the the beauty it deserves than . So if you are a builder, prescribing such to your client may not be a bad idea.
Assuming all these factors are in place, and you are required to proceed in the tiling there are procedures you must follow to ensure the has its surface well organized and your tiling appears professional, to achieve that follow the below:
- Sweep the surfaces and scrub the areas that need to be smoothened.
- Use spirit gauges and plumbs to detect areas on the that has no uniform level with others. Mark out those areas with chalk or any other colored material, indicating the diameter or perimeters of such area, if possible; use precision tools to know the difference in height such area has with other surfaces.If the area found to be defective is higher or above the main uniform areas, then you may be required to chisel down that area. But if it appears to be lower or below the main uniform areas, you may decide to compensate the depth during the tiling process by adding more mortar on the surface of that area before dropping the on it.
- After the above, proceed to square the surfaces. Squaring the surfaces involves obtaining the squared pattern of the , such that you can determine how many that can cover the . Besides that, it will also help you to know where to start placing the and the actual location each supposed to be. After squaring the and marking out the important areas on the , any other little or gap that may exist can be filled up by cutting out such size from a complete or broken such that the whole job appears professional.
- After the actions in number 3, pour enough quantity of water on the and allow the water to be absorbed such that the appears soft and smooth. At that instant, if there are hard areas that refused to be chiseled initially, try chiseling them again and you will observe that they will be easier this time.
- Prepare your mortar for the laying of the tiles. First make a mortar of cement and soft sand at the ratio of about five wheelbarrows of sand to one bag of cement, the reason for the above ratio is to ensure the mortar is concentrated with enough cement so that the adhesion between the and the will be very strong and defects on the surface may not easily affect the .
- The mortar should be mixed properly with enough water in it but should not be too soft that it cannot maintain its shape when spread on the .
- Pour the mortar in a head pan used in works and starting from the edges you marked doing the squaring in number 3, gradually use a hand trowel to empty the mortar from one side of the edges.
- Do not spread the mortar over a wide area on the else it may get strong before you would reach out to place the on all the areas, and do not empty all the mortar on a particular sport so that you can start spreading it from the sport, the reason is because the bottom of it may stick to the surface before you could reach out to spread it to other areas you are placing the .So the idea is, use a hand trowel to drop about six packs and spread the small quantity in the small you could within the short time and then move to the next to repeat the same process.
- Before dropping the on the mortar, pour some in another head pan, and mix the with water such that it appears watery. This watery will be spread on the back of the where it will make contact with the before dropping the on the mortar.
- Repeat the process in number 9 to ensure all the surfaces are covered.
PRECAUTIONS DURING TILING
- Avoid touching any once it has been placed on the mortar else, you may distort the whole arrangements on the .
- Do not allow anyone to walk or place any object on the until about forty-eight hours when it would solidify.
- To avoid the temptation of matching on the after placing them on the , start your tiling job in a way that the last will be placed at the exit points and never forget to move backward with all your working tools including the excess mortar on the .
Having read these I believe you will have a successful working experience when the need arises. However, do not hesitate to drop your experience, encounters and suggestions or questions in the process through our available comment form and questions forum.
Originally posted 2018-03-21 10:41:20.
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