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Where can you tile?

You can tile over most wall and floor surfaces you find in your home including concrete, timber, brickwork, plasterboard and more: you can even tile over tiles!.

Because each surface type has its own characteristics (such as rate of expansion and contraction, moisture absorption, 'dimensional stability,' and so on), some surfaces may require special preparation and different surfaces will require a different adhesive.

You can find more information about each of the surfaces you're likely to find in your home and how to prepare them for tiling below.

How do I know how many tiles I need?

This is one of the most common questions we get, but it's actually very easy to work out if you follow these six steps for each surface you want to tile.

  • Measure and re-measure the length (or height) and width of your space carefully.
  • Record your measurement in millimetres (this is how we measure tiles).
  • Divide the length of your space by the length of your tiles.
  • Divide the width of your space by the width of your tiles.
  • Multiply the number you got in step 3 by the number you got in step 4. This is the number of tiles you need for this surface!
  • Add an extra 10% to allow for cuts, breakages and spares.

I want to lay polished porcelain tiles. Is there anything special I need to know?

Laying porcelain tiles is virtually the same as laying ceramic tiles, but there are two things it helps to keep in mind:

  1. Porcelain tiles can be much denser and stronger than ceramic tiles, which may make cutting them more difficult if you haven't had much experience. If you aren't completely confident cutting porcelain tiles, speak to one of the friendly staff at Beaumont Tiles and we'll help you out.

  2. We always recommend that polished porcelain tiles are sealed to protect and extend the life of the tile. Virtually all polished porcelain tiles sold by Beaumont Tiles are pre-sealed with a special penetrative sealer to make them more resistant to staining.

For more information on porcelain tiles, see this page.

What adhesives can I use?

When you start a DIY tiling job, you will naturally want the best tiles, but it is equally as important to choose the right adhesives and grout for the job as well.

There are three main things to take into consideration when choosing your adhesive:

  1. What kind of surface are you tiling?
  2. What are your tiles made of, and how large are they?
  3. What kind of area are you tiling? This could include things like wet areas, outdoor areas, or carports.

Learn how to choose grout.

What is "dry laying" and why is it important?

The number one thing that scares of DIY tilers is worrying about making a mistake that will become permanent when the tiles are laid with adhesive.

"Dry laying" is laying tiles without any adhesive to see if you have enough, if you're happy with the way they're arranged and to see if there are any problems. Basically, it's a test run that allows you to experiment and work out exactly how you want to lay your tiles before you stick them with adhesive.

This is also the perfect time to look at your tiles carefully to ensure they're what you expected and that there are no problems with them.

What do I do if I think there's something wrong with my tiles?

If you think there is a problem with your tiles, or they have arrived differently to your expectation of them; the most important thing to do is contact the Beaumont Tiles store you bought them from before you lay them. What do I do if I make a mistake or if something goes wrong?

As long as you follow our simple DIY Guide and are careful with each step, there is no reason why there should be a problem with your tiling job. Mistakes can happen from time to time, however, and if you think something has gone wrong our staff are always available and happy to talk you through it.

If you would like a professional tiler's help we can recommend some excellent ones in your area.

What grout spacing do I need between tiles?

We usually recommend between 3mm and 5mm for floor tiles and no less than 1.5mm for wall tiles. Grout spacers are a fantastic way to ensure your grout lines are level and even, and are available from all Beaumonts store.

Learn how to grout tiles.

Do I need lots of special tools for tiling?

Most of the tiling tools you'll need for a DIY job will probably already be in your toolbox or shed. There are a few specialist tools you might need to buy and borrow (but most of these are small and very affordable), and a couple of others, like tile cutters should you need them, that are available for daily hire from your local Beaumont Tiles.

Where can I get more information?

Our staff are all very knowledgeable and happy to help and offer advice, and always willing to discuss your whole tiling job. See our store locator to contact your local store.