Top Mistakes to Avoid When Installing Tile

shutterstock_77829367Tile installation errors are easy to avoid if you take time-out and plan ahead.

Whether you’re planning a new tile project for your bathroom shower or your kitchen floor, keeping these often committed mistakes in mind will help make your installation easier and your results something to be proud of.


Buying Too Few Tiles

You’ve taken precise measurements and know exactly how much tile you will need to cover your floor, but that is never enough.

Always buy more tiles than you think you need. Budgets are important, but you have to understand that mistakes are going to happen.

Most experts agree that the best compromise between cost and practicality is to purchase around 15 to 20% more tile than you expect to use. This buffer covers the inevitable.

  • Breakage
  • Miscalculations
  • Cutting Errors

Furthermore, maintaining an in-house overstock of your chosen tile will come in handy in the future should any of your installed flooring pieces need replacing.

Not Planning Out and Asking Questions

shutterstock_56892886Ritter Lumber specialty-trained associates are your allies. As you begin your tiling project, or any other home improvement task, stop by and let them find the solutions you need. When purchasing your tile, take time-out and ask them some of the following key questions:

  • How should full tiles be cut if a full tile isn’t needed?
  • How do I properly use a tile cutter?
  • When I start my project, would I work from one side to the other or from the center out?

Forgetting Spacers and Creating Crooked Lines

You’ve purchased your tiles and are ready to start installing your new floor.

Be sure to use a chalk line or laser level when laying your tile to avoid crooked and unsightly grout lines.

Also, it is imperative that you use spacers to keep each tile an equal distance apart.

When installing tile yourself, spacers make it possible to keep straight grout lines and square tiles together as the adhesive dries.

Talk to your Ritter Lumber associate to calculate the number of spacers needed compared to the amount of tile being used.

Not Using Proper Tools

shutterstock_160721624They say you should “measure twice, cut once,” but if you don’t have a tape measure and a saw first, the saying is pretty useless.

Having all of the necessary tools in place not only makes the job easier, it also saves a lot of trips back to the hardware store.

Since no tile cutting project is the same, ask your tile salesperson exactly which tools you’ll need and then go ahead and make sure you purchase them all. When it comes time to use them you’ll be glad they are there.

Cutting tile may seem like a daunting task, but with a little preparation and assistance from our staff, your new tile floor will be the talk of the neighborhood.

Ritter has you covered! Our knowledgeable associates are here to help answer your questions and help you find what you need.