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Don’t Make These DIY Tile Mistakes

Don’t Make These DIY Tile Mistakes

There are many mistakes you can make when working with tile.  A few of them however are made much more than others. Luckily these can be easily avoided and therefore save you some time and effort.

Caulk And Grout Have Different Jobs

One of the most common of all tiling mistakes made by beginners is filling expansion joints with grout. These joints are the areas where your tile installation meets another material such as a wall. Because both these materials and the tile will contract, expand, and move this joint needs to be filled with a flexible material to allow them to do so naturally.

You will need to grout your tiles, however tile grout is not meant for expansion joints. It’s way too stiff and will be sure to crack leaving your installation open to damage. Instead make sure you use caulk to fill your expansion joints.

Read Up Then Choose Your Layout

There are many different tile patterns to pick from. But just because you like the look of one in particular doesn’t mean it’s the right choice for the specific space you will be using it in. Don’t make a rushed decision. Some layouts just tend to look much better in certain types of spaces rather than others.

There are even a few such as the diagonal and running bond that can be used to trick the eye in specific situations. So even though you may prefer a pattern right off the bat, be sure to do a little reading first to make sure it is appropriate for where you’d like to use it. In the end you’ll be thankful you did.

Seal First Then Set

A sealant is used to protect tiles against moisture, mold, mildew and staining. The majority of tile materials can be set and then sealed. However because they aren’t glazed, many types of porous natural stone such as travertine tiles for example can be stained by grout.

The tile grout can even fill in the pores on the tile’s surface which can mean you have to spend many hours scrubbing it out. Staining before you grout can solve this problem and save you a lot of grief and time. In fact many people will even seal twice before they grout.

Repair Right Away

While the other mistakes mentioned here are ones which are usually made during installation not dealing with damaged grout in a timely way is something that you’ll most likely deal with in the future. Many homeowners put off repairing it until later on.

What may only be a small hole or crack could be all it takes to let water in, and this can develop into a much bigger problem. So take care of grout issues when you notice them, they’re easy to deal with so don’t procrastinate.

DIY tile projects can be fun and rewarding but you need to know a few things before rushing in. By being aware of these mistakes you will be much less likely to make them while increasing the chance your project will come out how you planned.

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Add Extra Color To Your Tile Installation With These DIY Tools

Add Extra Color To Your Tile Installation With These DIY Tools

There are quite a few different ways to add that extra touch of color to your tile project. This could be to make an old installation look new or make sure a new installation looks fantastic from the start. Here are the top tools you can use to get the color you need.

Grout Colorant

Many people don’t know that tile grout actually comes in many different colors. These can range from white to black. And contrary to what you might think it’s actually very easy to change the color of your existing grout.

By using what’s known as grout colorant you can change your grout color without having to re-grout which will save you both time and money. Grout colorant is actually a special type of water-based paint and luckily you don’t have to be a pro to apply it. It’s perfect for an inexpensive DIY project.


Grout Pen

Another cheap option that anyone can use at home is what is known as a grout pen. These are typically used to make your existing grout look brand-new and cover up things like stains, mold, and mildew. Pens can be used with white and colored grout. When purchasing you would simply choose a pen color that is the same color as the grout you already have.

If you have an older floor or wall that has grimy looking grout lines one of these could do the trick. Some people even use them to touch up their actual tiles, and to change the color of their grout. If you were going to change the grout color with a grout pen, you would want to go from a lighter to a darker color.


Colored Grout

If you are currently installing your tiles or will be soon, you may want to use colored grout right from the start. Doing this, can be a great way to highlight your tiles or create contrast. Colored grout can also be used to match the color scheme of your space. You might even want to think of using darker colors such as black not just because they can look so good but to also help hide dirt and dust from view.

Colored Caulk

When adding color to your grout you won’t want to forget about your expansion joints. These are the spaces where your tile installation meets another material. They are normally filled in using caulk since it is flexible and allows for movement.Instead of using standard white caulk, colored caulk can be just the thing to match your colored grout. Or you may even want to use it to frame your installation in an eye-catching or contrasting color.

Each of these tools can help you to make the small differences that equal big results. And luckily none of them cost much, take long to apply, or even take any skills to use.

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