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Five Mistakes To Avoid When DIY Tiling

There’s nothing quite so rewarding as being able to step back from a job well done and say ‘Yep, I did that!”

Of course that’s not the only benefit that comes with the DIY approach either as those who get it right might find themselves able to save time, money and upheaval by going it alone.

However, that’s all assuming you get it right as when it comes to seemingly simple jobs like tiling bathrooms, things often don’t pan out quite as smoothly as they did when they were first dreamed up. There are so many minor and major pitfalls just waiting to catch DIY types out when it comes to bathroom tiling, of which the vast majority seem to pop up out of nowhere.

Here’s a quick overview of the five most common mistakes home DIY tiling enthusiasts tend to make:

1 – Rushing the Job.

First of all, considering that a new coating of tiles anywhere around the home will hopefully stay in place for years, surely this means there’s no need to rush the installation process, right? For one reason or another, a huge proportion of DIY tillers go about the job as if they only had three days left to live which, in about 99% of instances, results in a pretty unpleasant final finish to say the least. If it’s worth doing, it’s worth taking your time with.

2 – Going it Alone.

Next up, it’s not until you get really stuck into these kinds of jobs that you realise just how tricky it can be to get it done with one pair of hands. Chances are that sooner or later you’ll be holding something in place for dear life and desperately need something that’s just that tiny bit out of arm’s reach. Whichever way you look at it, DIY with at least one other person on board is more enjoyable, more sensible, and also yields better results every time.

3 – Choosing Low-Grade Products.

There’s a reason why certain tile adhesives are practically free while others cost a lot more – a difference you don’t want to find out the hard way. Quite simply, if you cut corners and cheap-out on everything, you’ve nobody to blame but yourself when your tiles slip, slide, fall off, and generally don’t look nearly good enough to validate the effort you put in.

4 – Ignoring Dry Times.

In a similar vein, every adhesive you come across will come with its own unique guidelines with regard to how long you need to leave it before it will be dry and therefore secure. Suffice to say, these instructions aren’t just there for the sake of it and nor should they be interpreted as rough estimates. If it says that you need to leave the tiles untouched and nicely dry for 24 hours, this doesn’t mean you’ll get away with getting back to normal usage after 20 hours… you won’t.

5 – Accepting Imperfections.

Last but not least, when going about DIY tiling it’s often tempting to just accept those little imperfections here and there which you might consider to be inevitable as you aren’t a professional. However, chances are that these are also the imperfections that will slowly, but surely drive you mad over the coming months, years and decades, so it’s always best to strive for perfection in the first instance.

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