Things to keep in mind during Tiling

The author of this blog is Venu, a trained and certified home inspector working at HomeInspeKtor. You can get in touch with him here.

Tiles are one of the most popular flooring solutions used these days. A tile is a thin object usually square or rectangular in shape. Tile is a manufactured piece of hard-wearing material such as ceramic, vitrified, stone, metal, baked clay etc., generally used for covering roofs, floors & walls. Alternatively, tile can sometimes refer to units made from lightweight materials such as perlite, wood, and mineral wool, typically used for wall & ceiling applications.

In addition to their main purpose of strength and durability, tiles also give home a classy look. Easy to maintain & clean, they come in a wide variety of colours & designs that easily blend-in with the décor of your house. 

Following are the points to be kept in mind while taking up the tiling work:

Checking Hollowness
Checking slope
  • Hollowness: One of the important factors to be kept in mind while tile laying (be it vitrified, ceramic, marble and so on) is hollowness checking to ensure tiles are properly laid. The tiles need to be randomly tapped using a specialised mallet and check if any unusual sound is heard.
  • Warping: To check & ensure that each tile is laid straight & even, in comparison to surrounding tiles using a leveller on top.
  • Tile joints: Need to ensure that the spacing between in tiles should be maintained equal.
  • Grouting: Tile joints have to be properly filled with suitable grouts (cementitious grouts in general & epoxy grouts for wet areas), without any gaps, undulations & colour variations.
  • Slopes:
    • in dry areas: Tiles should be laid with zero slope in dry areas and the overall area should be in level without any undulations.
    • in wet areas: Tiles should be laid with (for ex,1 in 60 for bathrooms, 1 in 150 for balconies and so on) in wet areas (like bathrooms, external balcony and utility areas) for water to drain out within a specified time and same can be checked using spirit leveller/slope metre or by pouring a bucket of water.
  • Cut tiles: Tiles around the plumbing fixtures & electrical faceplates should be cut in proper shapes and the edges should not be visible post fixing of plumbing & electrical fixtures.
  • Chip offs/damages and Shade variations: Tile damages & chip offs have to be checked along with any shade or color variations, in every nook and corner of the home.
  • Skirting tiles: As the name suggests, a chain of tiles near the flooring or ceiling with offset from the wall should be equal; edges & corners should not be sharp and the floor tile joint line should match with skirting tile joint, from an aesthetic point of view.

Hope the information above helps you get an overview of the things to keep in mind during tiling. If you wish to evaluate your existing tiling, you must  get in touch with experts to know if your tiles are indeed laid correctly.

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