A guide to laying tiles


A guide to laying tiles                                                                                                                     Many people wish to tile their homes floors and walls and ask the questions is this something i could d? do i have the right tools. Here at Approved Trader we are here to help give hints and tips so you are able to carry out the tilling job yourself. As with almost all home renovation projects it is vitally important you undertaker the appropriate preparation and planning.

Types of tiles: little technical knowledge for the tile purchase


Types of tiles, selection of colours and patterns. In the selection of tiles your decisions about design, colour, material and finish have no limits with thousands of tile options to choose from. The range of tiles is vast with tiles suitable for almost every individual taste. But beware: not every tile is suitable for every application. Remember. Before buying what the wall or floor tile use and location, consider the, colour and structure, especially the abrasion resistance falls into the weight. Also some tiles may not be weather resistant or not as durable as others, as well as some being slippery making them better wall tiles than tiles for the floor.

Tile laying on the ground: the tricks of the pros

Lay floor tiles, tiles on floor
The first task is surface preparation, first laying tiles on the floor, depending on the tile type and flavour it can be performed in parallel or diagonal to the walls. We show you how to plan the pad and proceed properly during installation.

Laying tiles on the wall

Laying tiles on the wall, wall tilesTiled walls and floors are often the first things we take in, on a new day. Therefore, we should put special value on the design of wall patterns.

Grouting wall tiles

Grouting wall tiles is no more complicated than grouting floor tiles, but offers amazing possibilities for variation with respect to the design of the joints. Is here for each and every wall tile something suitable there.

Instructions for mixing mortar

Whether for tiling or walls, the mortar provides the firm grip for your tiles. But at least when they mix it for the first time, experienced home improvement, what are the differences between the types of mortar. We'll tell you what you need, which mixing ratio for lime, lime-cement and cement mortar is to be observed and how you mix the respective mortar.

Tiling outdoor

Outdoor tiles are becoming increasingly popular helping make a good impression. In addition, they are very functional: Due to their robustness to withstand wind and weather. An important prerequisite is the proper construction of the area. In this case, special care is required to obtain a flexible, void-free and thus frost-proof bond between the tiles.

Tile Cross

The bathroom, the kitchen or the patio have been re-tiled, but the joints are unfortunately wrong and get out of alignment. To freshly laid tiles can move a little early by the slightest touch, you should use tile spacers or tile crosses when laying your tiles.

Floating and buttering

If you lay tiles, you can choose between the different installation methods: the floating method , the buttering method or combined method of the two.

Scratch coat

The scratch coat is a surface preparation and is very often used when tiles are laid on a wall. This can help compensate for uneven surfaces. We explain the exact procedure for a scratch coat and show you the areas in which it finds its application.

Bathroom tiles: Laying tiles in wet areas

Lay tiles in the bathroom and wet areasThe day begins for us almost always in the bathroom and then at the end also ends there. So it is important that an attractive functional room is created.

Tiles on tiles

Having to tear out old tile in the kitchen or bathroom renovation takes effort, time and a lot of dirt. This work you can often be saved by placing tile on tile, assuming the old tiles sitting well without cavities.

Lay base tiles

Base tiles are the perfect ending to a beautiful tiled floor: Waterproof, hygienic and easy to keep clean they are really indispensable. With our installation method you do not need a tile adhesive to touch - the adhesive is quick and easy to use. We will show you the details.

Tiling stairs

Tiles are extremely durable, resistant and easy to clean. This makes them particularly suitable for the entire entrance area of a house. This is of course a special challenge to the DIY rookie when it comes to laying tiles on the steps. But with the right tools, the right products and a good preparation for this is also quick and easy to perform.

Laying Cement Tiles

Cement tiles seemed for a long time to be forgotten. But now the almost historic building material has awakened to a new life. The vitality and distinctiveness of individually handmade cement tiles create a very special atmosphere and make for a unique and memorable experience.

Stone Tiles

Who wants to pave his patio or the floor with natural stone, has a choice of natural stone paving and natural stone slabs. In addition, the rock plays an important role, because certain types are only suitable for indoor use, while others are both outside and inside. Here we explain in what formats paving stones and slabs of natural stone are available and what characteristics distinguish the various types of stone.

Laying natural stone tiles

Natural stone is attractive, with attractive feel of nature. They offer as a floor covering an impressive look and variety of design options. For outdoor installations using granite, sandstone or basalt with their typical irregularities. Polished granite as well as other natural stone tiles such as marble are millimetre precision cut and processed as floor and wall coverings, or as stair coverings indoors. We show you everything you need to know about the installation of this for your flooring.

Lay Flagstones

Polygonal create a natural impression and are very popular as a decking. But even in the living room and the conservatory they can create interesting natural stone accents. We'll show you how laid flagstones and what you need to know when processing this sophisticated building material.

Lay Terracotta Tiles

Terracotta tiles, help creates a natural, breathing atmosphere for your property. The natural material must be sealed, We'll show you how laid a beautiful, warm terracotta floor.

Lay glass mosaic and glass tiles

Glass tiles and glass mosaic are an eye-catcher in the sanitary area and in the kitchen. Use them to decorate walls and floors according to their own ideas and the same time set individual accents. The instructions for proper installation can be found here at Approved Trader.

Decorate flooring with glass mosaic

You want to replace individual tiles on the floor? As a decorative replacement for one or several old tile depositors of glass mosaic offers many suitable design options. They are quite easy to adapt to the size of the basic tiles and give the room a new look.

Enhance tiles by Borders

Is your bathroom or the kitchen missing the final touch? But re-tiling would mean too much effort? Even small changes can help achieve the desired effect. Instead of placing new tiles, you can easily upgrade the old tiles by laying a glass mosaic tile or natural stone as a border on the top row of tiles, giving your room a whole new look.

Laying big tiles

Bring variety to your home! Whatever the size of your rooms you can decorate the walls and floors with larger tile formats. Our tips and advice will show you how you can lay large tiles!

Replace Old Tiles

If a tile is not properly routed, they may tear or crack over time. Whether on the wall or on the tile floor, a cracked tile, should be replaced to keep your surface in good condition.

Repair damaged tile

If you have a tile that is cracked or torn, you should treat the defect before someone gets hurt. We show you how you can repair the broken tile.

Emphasize tiles

Painting tiles can be an inexpensive alternative for anyone who does not want to immediately rip the tiles off the wall.

Tiling a fireplace

In the cold season, a fireplace with its cozy warmth is quickly becoming the focal point in the room. However, in a fireplace fire burns, and operation falls of ash that must be removed regularly. The environment should therefore heat resistant, easy to clean and still be attractively decorated. So how about with beautiful tiles that you put around the fireplace?

Floor Tiles

Floor Tiles

Looking for plain floor tiling or maybe a more funky choice for your floor tiles Approved Trader can help you in your search. Floor tiles can help you transform your Kitchen and Bathroom with a stylis... More Info

Conservatory Flooring

Conservatory Flooring

If you have had a beautiful new conservatory built at your home you will want to install some kind of flooring, the flooring you choose will really finish off the aesthetic of the build and hence you .... More Info

Tiling Companies

Tiling Companies

Tiling Companies Directory of recommended and trusted tradesmen who have been vetted & monitored & meet our standards of trading. :-Tile Companies, From All Over The UK.... More Info