Tile is well liked in bathroom showrooms. It adds a unique style to the room. At the same time, tile is very durable and easy to clean. It can withstand the moist conditions of a backsplash or shower wall. Most homeowners choose tile because they love having the chance to create a completely custom design. If you have ever installed tile flooring, you will understand that the process is actually quite simple. As long as you rent or buy a tile saw, you can create fun designs. The work is messy, but not extremely difficult. Installing tile on vertical walls does require solving a few problems that you don't need to worry about when installing it on the floor. This article explains the key to installing bathroom tile on vertical walls.
Use Fiber Cement Backing Boards
You cannot just install tile directly onto drywall. First, you need to reinforce the wall by installing fiber cement backing boards (usually referred to as Hardibacker). These sheets are heavy and must be secured to the walls with screws that are driven into the studs. So, you will need a stud finder and a cordless power drill. An impact driver is often necessary for driving the screws through the strong Hardibacker.
Start at the Bottom
It might sound obvious, but you always want to start at the bottom of the wall you are working on. If you are installing large tiles, you need to be wary of working too fast. For instance, if you are installing tile on 3 walls of a shower enclosure, you should do the lower part of all 3 walls instead of going all the way up one wall. Of course, you could probably set the majority of the tile in a bathroom in one day, but you are bound to have less problems if you do the lower half, let the mortar dry and then finish off the top half on the next day.
Use Drier Grout
When the tile is installed, you will finish it off by grouting. It is most practical to use a grout mixture that you just add water to. Try to not add too much water--maybe just a little less than the recommended amount. This will keep the grout a little dry, which prevents slouching. This occurs when the grout sinks to the bottom, creating an uneven grout line.
These 3 simple tips should help the tile installation in your bathroom be a little more seamless.
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