There’s much to be said for hiring the pros to overhaul a bathroom.
But at the same time there’s something uniquely satisfying about being able to say “Yep, I did that myself!” Of course, the latter only applies to a job done well as most homeowners will be fairly familiar with the agony of botching a DIY job and being left with an eyesore you’re ashamed to call your own work.
The thing about tiling is that while it can be a challenge and the more major jobs are best left to the pros, it’s actually not all-that difficult to lay a few by hand and ensure a great result.
Going it alone and getting it right is all about following a few very basic rules and pointers – most of which are based around common sense. So when planning to go ahead with a minor or major tiling job the DIY way, be sure to keep the following pointers in mind and chances are you won’t go far wrong:
1 – Step by Step.
So the first and perhaps most important tip of all is that of going about the job one step at a time. Yes, it can be tempting to try and get the whole wall done in a single day, but the faster you go, the lower your chances of coming out with a good result. Instead, it’s much better to focus on just one small area at a time and gradually build the masterpiece you had in mind.
2 – Quality Products.
Something else to be very much aware of is the importance of choosing the highest-quality products for going about the job in the first place. This applies to literally everything across the board, from the tilesthemselves to the adhesive and even the bits and pieces you use to make sure the tiles are straight and whatnot. Any compromise made in terms of quality is guaranteed to show through in the final result, so you can’t expect to be proud of what you accomplish if you don’t arm yourself with the right tools for the job from the get-go.
3 – Buddy Up.
There really isn’t a DIY job out there that’s technically a good idea to tackle alone. The reason being that while it may seem like an easy job, you never know when you’re going to need someone to hold something in place, pass you something you can’t reach or make an emergency job of cleaning up that spillage. It’s also about a thousand times more fun to take someone along for the ride too – someone to blame if you’re not thrilled with the result!
4 – Heed Warnings.
If the adhesive you buy says it needs a good 48 hours to fully dry, don’t assume it’ll be fine in 24. Likewise, if you buy a rather harsh adhesive that advises use only where there’s plenty of oxygen, don’t keep all the windows and doors closed. There are plenty of warnings and guidelines issued with most such products for a reason – your own good!
5 – Expect Breakages.
And finally, even the industry’s leading professionals can’t promise to get through a tiling job without breaking a few along the way, so be sure to allow for this with a few extras to replace any breakages.