Tiling a Bathroom: What You'll Need
Before you start tiling your bathroom, there are a few things (besides the tiles!) you'll need. First of all, you'll need to gear up with the right tools and equipment,
Besides the tools, you also need the right glues, grouts, sealers and waterproofers and levelling systems for the job. Use the link below to download the full list of products we recommend for a DIY bathroom. Feel free to ask the tiling experts at your local Beaumonts store if you have any questions.
Prepare Your Bathroom for Tiling
The quality of your bathroom tiling is strongly influenced by the state of the surface you tile over, so it's important to ensure that your bathroom walls and floor are sound, level and clean of dust and debris before you start tiling.
Most bathroom floor surfaces are likely to be concrete or timber. Plasterboard is common for walls.
If the concrete is new, it must be allowed to cure for at least 28 days before it's tiled over. If the concrete is steel-trowelled, it will need to be mechanically roughened (and then thoroughly cleaned) prior to tiling. Otherwise, you will not get enough adhesion.
Any concrete release agents and curing compounds should be removed by mechanical means. If the concrete has cracks larger than 1.5mm, consult your local suppliers for advice before proceeding.
Because timber naturally expands and contracts, we don't recommend adhering tiles directly onto timber floors. Untreated floors should be primed and allowed to dry before tiling.
Plasterboard is a very common indoor wall surface, but it needs to be waterproofed before being tiled over. Tiling over plasterboard involved adhering tiles to a paper surface. Although this will cause no issues in dry areas, without waterproofing moisture can cause it to deteriorate.
Prime the Surface for Tiling
Before you start tiling, prepare the surfaces to be tiled by applying a primer using a roller or sponge. We recommend using a water-based primer like Ardex MultiPrime.