If you are a ‘handy’ person, jobs such as tiling around the home could be something you can tackle yourself. Make no mistake though, tiling is not a job for the inexperienced first-timer, although we all have to start somewhere. Here at Mr-Skill we often have friendly chats with our many pre-screened members, and it really is amazing what comes up in discussion.
Take tiling over existing wall tiles for example. Many less-experienced tilers shrug their shoulders and walk away from such ideas. Fred is one of our regular London tiling and flooring experts, and he believes that this is quite in order, provided the existing surface is stable and crack-free. As always, you need to plan properly and carefully though!
Before we start, we assume you have done your research and have everything you’ll need. If you have decided not to go-it-alone, you can always find a tiling and flooring specialist through Mr-Skill. Remember to ask for the “special discount”.
Begin with a thorough inspection of every tile and each grout line. Check the existing tiles for stability – a gentle tap with your knuckles will soon confirm any underlying problem zones. When it comes to the grout, you need to use a putty knife to look for loose or crumbling fill. Remember, if you have problems at the outset, you’ll have major headaches at the finish if you tile over unstable surfaces!
Cleaning and Preparing
The surface you are tiling over must be squeaky clean and grease/soap/wax free, so use a quality tile cleaner to prepare the old tiles for covering.
You are now ready to apply the pre-mixed adhesive slurry to the wall surface to facilitate proper bonding when you start gluing down the new tiles. Let the slurry dry completely before continuing. Remember to adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Don’t be Shy
If you think the preparation work is hard enough, imagine how hard the tiling job itself can be. If in doubt, rather get a tiling quote – Mr-Skill is on hand and has a number of keen experts ready to solve your problems! And at a third-off market rates too!