With every tile installation job, no matter what size it may be, there are several common problems that people will encounter before the job can be completed properly. These problems generally come up when inexperienced individuals try to install the tiles without properly checking the area or knowing which materials will work best for the conditions in that particular spot.
Before starting a tile installation job, always consider the following factors that can create a longer, more complicated job than it should be.
One of the biggest problems that many people encounter when starting tile installation jobs is a variety of problematic surfaces. Once the main old floor is removed and cleaned for the new tile surface, some floors tend to have cracks and damage while others uncover an uneven surface to work on. There are also other times when there is a significant amount of mold growth that requires attention before the actual tile installation job can begin.
Choosing the best underlayment is very important for the particular area that you will be working in. One problem that many people face after installing tiles is the fact that they have chosen the wrong underlayment. This can cause very big problems and it usually ends up breaking apart the tiles and starting from the beginning to complete it properly.
It's very important to check the environment and layout of the area you are working in. One example is a place that has a high amount of moisture that requires a waterproof underlayment paired with water impermeable grout to prevent wetness that eventually warps the tiled surface and mold growth or underlayment deterioration from underneath the tiles.
A tile installation may seem like a simple enough job for many people, especially when working in symmetrical areas but one of the biggest problems that many encounter is an improper layout of the tiles. It's important to get the correct number of tiles and to start in the correct area. If a random spot is chosen as the starting point, there might be many places that will have smaller sized or narrow cut tiles to complete the area. Aesthetically, it looks uneven and it may also cause problems in the long run from the smaller tiles cracking or getting dislodged.
Most tile installations will have mortar as a base for the tiles to stay in place and mixing the mortar properly is a snag that many have to deal with. Without a proper mortar mixture or if the tiles are being laid down too slowly, the tiles will shift throughout the job and even move out of place after the grout has been applied
Always double check the mixture ratio and mix thoroughly to get the proper consistency and make sure to work in small sections to ensure the mortar will not begin to dry up before the tiles are laid down.
A final common problem that many encounter during tile installation jobs is cracking or dipping grout. Just like the mortar, the grout will crack or sink when not properly mixed. Another reason for grout dipping below the surface of the tiles is when there isn't enough grout placed between the tiles. Always add more grout than you think is needed and gently scrape the surface at an angle to ensure you don't scoop out any grout from between the tiles.