Tile layout is king in any bathroom renovation. Planning tile layout carefully from the start can aid in everything from framing changes to niche locations to fixture locations to lighting locations. Without careful planning, your results might be close to what you wanted — but not quite perfect.Bathroom Wall Tile Cape Town
Here are our 4 top rules for good bathroom tile installation.
1. Plan it all out.
Mark the wall studs with spray paint or mark all sides with a permanent marker, informing all tradespeople that space is reserved for the tiler. Other details, such as recessed medicine cabinets, downlights and fans, also should be specified at the start of a project and checked before the other tradespeople come to install the plumbing lines, water lines, electrical lines, heating lines, cooling lines, ductwork and low-voltage wiring.
2. Double-check tile sizes.
The single biggest mistake we see people make in tile layout is assuming a 12-inch by 24-inch tile is in fact 12 inches by 24 inches. Most tile is sold in European sizing, and the tile size is 30 centimetres by 60 centimetres. This size could also have a grout joint factored in, so your tile could be closer to 11 3/8 inches.
By purchasing a good sample of tiles you can lay them out, check your tiles for warping and soak-test them for quality control.
Lay your tile from the ceiling down.
Many shower niches end up with cut tiles, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Layout your tile pattern from the beginning so that the mitred pieces start exactly on grout joints. We find that laying out the tile pattern from the finished ceiling heights makes it easier to get it right. We will often draw up the design on the wallboard prior to waterproofing to make sure the layout is right before installing the tile.
4. Be careful around doors and windows.
Tile layout around doors and windows is critical. Every window or door has its own challenge, and the best way of waterproofing the assembly may be a challenge. Make sure your shower or bath’s waterproofing system is designed with the windows in mind. This way you can prevent water from getting behind the tile and into the window framing. Having tilted sills and room for expansion will ensure the tile job holds up well for years to come.