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Things To Consider Before Tiling Your Bathroom

Every home must have bathrooms that are welcoming, comfortable, and attractive. But while we all want to make our bathrooms as beautiful as possible, sometimes we don’t know where to start.
Bathroom renovations are both exciting and challenging. I have always maintained that a bathroom is one of the most used areas in a house, and must always be a space that balances aesthetics and functionality. You want it to look great, but also be a clean, safe utilitarian space. Tiles are often an extremely popular choice for bathroom makeovers, as they are durable, easy to clean and available in a wide variety of colors, sizes and textures. Whether you are tiling your bathroom for the first time, or looking at replacing the existing tiles, there are certain points you need to consider carefully. Please remember that once placed, tiles are almost permanent so don’t skip on any crucial checks and considerations.

Addressing The Hidden problems
Tile or no tile, you want a zero problem bathroom that will function flawlessly and add tremendous value to your home for many years to come. Before you strip those walls and get the tiling going, start inspecting the bathroom for hidden problems. Depending on how long ago the house was built, the biggest hidden problem encountered by homeowners is water damage. Inspect for old corroded plumbing, recurrent mold on bathroom surfaces, any bubbling or blistering in the walls, etc. To correct and avoid any such problems post the tiling is done, get a comprehensive waterproofing done for your bathroom with the best quality materials such as the range of waterproofing products from Dr. Fixit. After the waterproofing is in place, and before tile is installed, you must thoroughly test the waterproofing to ensure its effectiveness. This is essential to a long-lasting tile installation.

Bathroom Tiling

Choosing The Tile
The right for your bathroom can really give it a completely new look and feel. However, with so many choices available, it’s difficult to navigate the styles and options available for bathroom tiles. So it helps to be aware of a few simple tricks. Bathrooms being wet areas, you should avoid porous natural stone tiles like limestone. Unless sealed vigilantly, they’ll absorb drips and spills and become stained over time. For a non-slip floor, choose tiles with textured surfaces, matte finishes, or sand-containing glazes. Small tiles with lots of grout lines are another great option for tiled bathroom flooring as they offer better “grip” than large tiles. To get a proper filling tile joints in bathrooms, kitchens, internal and external floor and wall tiles try using the Roff Rainbow Tile Mate (RTM) which is a water-resistant cementitious tile joint grouting material for all kinds of tiles.

Choosing your Tiles

Plan Your Walls before Tiling
While picking a tile, it’s also important to choose a size and shape that will help you plan your walls out. Remember what I said in the beginning? That bathrooms need to balance the function with aesthetics! And those small awkward pieces of tiles along the edge of the wall and the floor can be such an eyesore. You shouldn’t have to cut the tile to less than half its size for the edges. In fact, you should ideally plan your wall to avoid having to cut more than 2 inches off your tile.

Ensure Longevity
From waterproof tile adhesives to tile binders, ensure the very best products to get the best out of your bathroom tiling. A leak-proof, clean and well-maintained bathroom is an essential part of any great home, and that comes when you take out the time to study the best options available in the market. It is essential to use waterproof grout for any bath or shower surrounds. You can also source coloured grouts that will blend in with your choice of tiles. Allow your waterproof tile adhesive to harden for 24 hours before applying the grout, ensuring that all the joints are filled.

About Pratishtha Khan

pratishtha.khan@thehappyhomes.co.in'
Pratishtha Shrotriya Khan blogs at breakfastprojekt.com and spends a large chunk of her leisure time creating and sourcing practical and affordable DIY solutions for home decor. Selected as one of the JUICE Magazine's Super Bloggers in 2014, she divides her time between her profession as a content writer and her passion as a creator of pretty things to adorn her home in Mumbai.

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