Checklist: 6 things to discuss with your tiler, before tiling

April 13, 2022 2 min read

There are many stages where tiling can go wrong in the renovation or building process. To make sure it goes as smoothly as possible we have put together our tiling checklist of questions and conversations to have with your tiler... before tiling!
1) Checking your order
When you receive your order check the contents of the delivery to make sure you have received the correct products and you check the condition of the tiles.
☑ Verify the finish, colour size and pattern of the tiles match your order
☑ Count the quantity of boxes matches your order
☑ Check all boxes are labelled with the same shade and colour
☑ Inspect all tiles for defects or damages that may have occurred in transit
 
2) Quantity & Waste
Before the tiling commences make sure you check your TileCloud tile order with your trades to ensure the right quantity of tiles was ordered for your project. Make sure there is also 10-15% extra of each tile to ensure there is enough for cuts and breakages and spares! There’s nothing worse than beginning your long-awaited renovation to then realise you won’t have enough tiles to finish the job. So, to save the headache get your tiler to work out quantities and compare it to your measurements before placing your order.
 
3) Grout & Silicone
The selection of grout and silicone can make a huge difference to the final look of your tiles. Make sure you don’t leave that decision to your tiler! Ensure it’s communicated with your tiler the type of grout and colour for each tile. Not sure on what grout colour is the right one? Read our guide on grout.
 
4) Tile Batching
Tiles are produced in batches with natural components and as natural products vary slightly, so can batches of tiles. Tiles made in the same production will usually have a shade that is pretty spot on but slight variation in the colour shade between batches and different productions runs is quite normal. What this means is that if you buy your tiles within the same production run or batch, you don't need to worry about shade changes. It always pays to keep spares on hand, which is why we recommend ordering with 10-15% wastage to ensure you have matching batches of tiles on hand for future extensions or damages.
 
5) Your tile Pattern and Layout
Make sure your tiler knows how the tiles are being laid as well as where particular tiles are going. This can be translated using a tile plan either with hand drawn elevations of your bathroom or digital ones supplied by your architect. Alternatively, If you’re on site, it’s also a great idea to dry lay at least 1m2 of tiles to show your tiler in person so you can properly communicate your tile pattern and layout.
 
6) Mitring or Tile trim?
Tile trims and mitring tiles not only provide a clean execution to your tiling project but can also impact the finish design. They can also protect those square and sometimes sharp tile edges! Discuss these options with your tiler and what colours and materials will be suitable for your project.
  

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