It’s time to show how versa-tile our smarts are
Of course you’re smart enough to know what tiling is! But, you might not know all the smarts that go into getting them juuuust right. So, here goes:
The wet areas (your bathroom, laundry, kitchen) will be waterproofed in prep for the tilers to get to work. This stage is generally needed anywhere where there’s a water outlet. This includes:
- shower stalls
- bath areas
- bathrooms in general (depending on other materials used)
- wet areas in kitchens
- around all penetrations in areas to be waterproofed (e.g. taps, drains)
Proper waterproofing in wet areas is absolutely vital – just as vital as a parmy on hump day! Water leaking into places it shouldn’t that can easily rot and cause mould. Eww no thanks.
What does it involve?
Okay, here come some deets for your next trivia night (or your next chat with that plumber mate): In WA, waterproofing involves painting a liquid rubber membrane onto areas that are likely to see water. This creates a sealed area to help contain any water that might leak out.
Once the waterproofing membrane’s been installed – and after it’s been left undisturbed for a couple of days to properly cure – it’s time for the tiles to be put on wherever they’re required.
And then …?
Yep, there’s more. A thin set mortar (or tile adhesive) is then applied to the surface they’re going onto, and the tiles are carefully fitted. Spacers are used to leave gaps for the grouting that will go between them.
The tiles are left for about a day to ‘set’. Super important step, particularly important for floor tiles which need to take a lot more weight. Once the spacers are removed, the grouting is applied to properly fill the gaps between the tiles. After a good clean, the grout is left to set.