A newbie’s way to installing subway tiles

Posted on October 26, 2021October 26, 2021Categories Subway Tiles

Finn and I were very thrilled to begin putting the subway tiles in our guest bathroom after finishing the floor tile. Yes, we were exhausted and depleted from our time spent on the floor… nevertheless, subway tiles must be simpler to install than that marble floor…right?!

Well…sorta. It was most definitely not a tough installation. However, it was time-consuming. And here’s the thing…both of us are workhorses. I will not stop until all chores are completed, and Finn and I were determined to finish this baby. However, even if you work diligently, it is still fairly slow work.

And there was a great deal of area to cover. We began in the shower, and I had a distinct impression that I was ascending Mt. Everest. I lay the first two rows of tile, looked up at the top of the wall, and felt as if there was no way we could ever “climb” to the top! With ten-foot ceilings in the bathroom and a plan to go all the way to the ceiling, we realized we were in for a challenge right then and there.

Nonetheless, we triumphed! It took two weekends and many evenings after work to complete, but we did it. And we’re really smitten with the bright, clean aesthetic we’ve achieved in this area.

I’m not going to walk you through the process of hanging our 36 white subway tiles since I already provided the full procedure for the floor tile yesterday (and it’s quite similar). Rather than that, I’ll share some of the tips and techniques we discovered along the road. And things I wish I knew before I began tiling our bathroom…

6 Tips for Subway Tile Installation Make Use of Ledgers

As a newcomer to tiling, I was unaware that ledgers were utilized in the process. To ensure that all of your subway tiles is level, you must place a level piece of wood at the beginning of the first row of tile. This will guarantee that every tile installed above that board is straight.

I bought low-cost wood from a store (bringing the measurements of each wall in the room) and had it cut to fit on the spot. Then, before we began tiling, I utilized a drill, screws, and level to install all of our ledgers. Take the time to accomplish this (and double-check that they are absolutely straight) before installing a single tile.

Put on Gloves

My hands were in shambles after the floor installation. The thinset is very drying to the skin, and you can’t expect to keep your hands clean when tiling. It is not feasible. I purchased hundreds of disposable gloves for cleaning the subway tiles. This was a godsend, and my hands feel less scaley and disgusting as a result!

Consider a Tile Cutter.

Our wet saw was the workhorse for our floor tile installation, but for the subway tiles installation, we pulled out a tile cutter. This little gadget is very simple to use and is reasonably priced at just $20! However, my favorite part about it? We could use it at night without disturbing the neighbors (unlike the wet saw, which rattles the whole building), allowing us to work on the area on weekday evenings.

To be honest, we had to use the wet saw for very tiny cuts, curved cuts, and angled cuts. As a result, we left it out as well. However, for 85 percent of our cuts, the tile cutter performed well.

Prepare It

As much as we wanted to jump right in and start tiling, we needed to have a game plan. And when I say “gameplan,” I’m referring to mathematics. Not my strong suit, but fortunately, my spouse is a math genius! Essentially, you want to avoid making any little cuts in the corners (as this would make your job 10000x more difficult), which is why you should design your layout from the start. Begin at a central location (in this instance, the main shower wall) and work your way out. Consider the ceiling and floor as well; you do not want slivers of tile on either end. Finn ended up designing ours in Excel, but a basic sketch and some arithmetic would suffice!

Understand your Spacing

Do you recall how I just said that you should create a plan? That, indeed, we did. However, we neglected to take in one colossal element…the spacers. We were doing arithmetic calculations using our 36-inch tiles and the dimensions of our walls. We completely neglected to add the 1/8′′ spacers (rookie error), which resulted in tiny cuts on our first large wall. Regrettable (and major setback).

Therefore, please keep track of your spacers! And yet another blunder I made? I overlooked the fact that our subway tiles already had built-in spacers. Yes. Most subway tile includes grooves on the sides, which eliminates the need for spacers entirely since the 1/16′′ grout line is created automatically. I totally overlooked this and used 1/8′′ spacers instead. This resulted in quite broad grout lines. Which was great for the space, but it’s something to consider. Click here to read about the 5 Best tips to select the right terrazzo tiles.

Safeguard your Floors

This may seem like a no-brainer, but please safeguard your flooring! We didn’t want to risk damaging our newly placed marble flooring. We lay down cardboard that we cut to fit the space and then covered it with rosin paper. We taped it in place using painter’s tape. When tiling, take care to cover everything in the room, since the thin-set will sometimes fall to the floor, leaving a mess!

Make an Effort to Plan for the Edges

When I ordered my tile, I was unaware that my standard 36 white subway tiles did not include a 36 bullnose piece (bullnose is the rounded edge). Rather than that, the only tile that matched was a 26 tile. This worked out well, but we needed to anticipate how it would flow as both the top ledger and the shower’s side borders.

Final thoughts

With these six simple installation tips, installing subway tiles in your home shouldn’t pose a challenge at all.

5 Best tips to select the right terrazzo tiles

Posted on October 26, 2021October 26, 2021Categories Uncategorized

Due to its unparalleled durability and flexibility, terrazzo tiles have become a must-have for home décor. As a consequence, demand for terrazzo tiles has skyrocketed in recent years. Almost every interior designer and contractor want to maximize the value of their remodeling projects by using terrazzo’s versatility.

What more would you want to have? Is it more cost-effective to have a tile that is simple to clean and constructed of high-quality materials, or is it more cost-effective to have a classic tile that adds value to your home? Terrazzo tiles are the ideal method to bring your vision to reality, no matter what your taste or preference may be.

5 Best tips to select the right terrazzo tiles

Some people, on the other hand, have expressed concern that they have been unable to get the exact appearance they want with their terrazzo tiles, which is scary. In the event that you’ve found yourself in a scenario similar to this, it may only indicate that you don’t understand how to correctly use terrazzo tiles to produce the flooring you want to install.

Are you taken aback by what I’ve just said? Please allow me to elaborate. The type, shape, size, and color of your tiles have an impact on the final outcome of your design. From a professional perspective, you must carefully choose your terrazzo tiles in order to guarantee that your home has the best possible aesthetic appeal.

A smooth-surfaced tile may not be required in some parts of the home, for example. The wrong tiles in the wrong color, form, or size can render all of your renovation efforts in vain if you choose the wrong tiles in the first place.

Thus, how can you buy terrazzo tiles for an outstanding house design? Let us proceed to a more detailed discussion of them.

How to choose the appropriate terrazzo tiles for your house design

1. Dimensions

Though it may seem insignificant at first glance, the size of the tile you choose in your home décor directly affects whether you get praise or criticism. Terrazzo tiles are available in up to twenty various sizes, from which you must select the one that is most appropriate for your house design.

However, it is worrisome that some individuals who are unaware of this reality choose a size they believe will fit. When it comes to obtaining a precise outcome, selecting sizes at random is not optimal. You must be aware of the various sizes and choose which one is ideal for your work environment.

Terrazzo tiles are available in a variety of sizes ranging from 96″ x 48″ to 24″ x 24″. These extensive size choices enable you to eliminate joint lines and create a unique appearance. When you understand how to mix the appropriate proportions to get your desired design, your house will seem stunning.

That is one of the reasons I urge people against the self-installation of terrazzo tiles. To have things done correctly, you would need to employ the skills of a professional installation. Additionally, you may contact the shop attendant for assistance in determining the appropriate size for your home décor. To be sure, ‘the proper size is determined by your desired design and the location of the tiles.

5 Best tips to select the right terrazzo tiles

2. Colour

Terrazzo tiles are available in a staggering 14 basic colors, which gives interior designers an amazing amount of creative freedom. It enables you to create unique floor designs that demonstrate your ingenuity and attractiveness. The mix of conventional colors and sizes is exceptional. If done correctly, there are no limitations to what you can create.

Arctic White, Sterling White, Parchment White, Bleached Moss, Italian Blend, Nougat Red, African Pink, Beige, Cinnamon Yellow, Deck Gray, Gibraltar Gray, Onyx Mint, Moss Black, and Baldwin Black are the typical terrazzo tile colors.

You are welcome to build any backdrop with your color chip in order to have a range of colored stones to match your desired custom color. To choose the best color combination for your home décor, you may consult extensively with a professional painter.

3. Layout 

Choosing the appropriate size and color for your home décor is insufficient. Additionally, the layout plays a role in attaining your desired design.

Terrazzo tiles are very adaptable and versatile. As a consequence, it enables you to express your creativity in terms of how you arrange your tiles in any given area. In actuality, the pattern fleshes out the skeleton of the size and color combination. Indeed, you must choose your sizes and colors in accordance with the pattern or layout you want to produce. Click here to read about A newbie’s way to installing subway tiles.

A few arrangement suggestions may help you get the most out of your terrazzo tiles. Horizontal running bonds, stack bonds, vertical running bonds, herringbone, vertical offset, and diagonal offset to crosshatch are only a few examples.

4. Classification

Additionally, the kind of terrazzo tiles you choose plays a role in producing your desired design. Permit me to explain.

To begin, we may classify terrazzo tiles according to their look and the requirements of the project. However, ordinary terrazzo tiles are easily identifiable in stock due to their tiny stone shards and polished surfaces.

Another kind of terrazzo tile is Venetian, which likewise has a ground and polished appearance. The distinction between regular and Venetian terrazzo is that Venetian terrazzo has larger stone chips than ordinary terrazzo.

Another option is rustic terrazzo. It has an even texture and visible stone chipping. Palladian terrazzo is easily identifiable by its mosaic finish.

Meanwhile, the kind of terrazzo you need for your home is determined by the space’s purpose. Certain terrazzo tiles work well in the kitchen, while others are inappropriate for the bathroom.

5. Finish

Because the finish determines the result of your design, you must select your terrazzo tile carefully for your home décor. For instance, a glossy surface enhances the brightness, boldness, and vibrancy of the room, while a matte finish imparts a cooler, more casual vibe. A metallic coating gives a space a luxurious appearance, exuding refinement and elegance.