Are you looking to tile your home on your own? Good choice! It will definitely save you a lot of money. However, unless you’re skilled with tools and know the tiling process, things can get quite tricky and there’s nothing worse than a bad tiling job. Fortunately, tiling isn’t as difficult as it may seem and by doing things systematically, you can ensure getting the job done right.
According to a recent HIA survey, in 2015 the average cost to complete a bathroom renovation was between $15,500 and $20,000. However according to finder.com.au, you can get away with a budget bathroom renovation from as little as $4,500 and a high as $24,000. But let’s face it, regardless of whether you’re doing a budget or a luxury bathroom renovation, they still cost much more than many home owners can afford. One of the most expensive aspects of a bathroom is the tiles – not only the cost of the tiles, but also the service costs of a qualified tiler. If you’re looking to reduce the cost of your bathroom renovation by doing the tiling yourself, then you’re in luck!
Over my years working at Ross’s Discount Home Centre, I’ve picked up more than a few handy tips from customers on how to effectively master DIY tiling. Continue reading on as I put forth 5 easy steps to master the DIY tiling process.
1. Consider the application
Before going through our selection of tiles, most customers first consider the application for the tiles they want to buy. Customers buy tiles on the basis of the area they want to cover – whether it is a bathroom, the flooring of a house, a kitchen splashback or a laundry. Remember that there are different types of tiles for different purposes and before you look to choose specific designs or colours, you must first consider what you will be using the tiles for. Determine your needs and ensure that your walls are straight before starting the tile selection process. You also need to take measurements of your room by finding the total floor area (width x depth) and the total wall area (length x width) to determine the number of tiles you need.
2. Source cheap tiles from a reputable supplier
Ross’s is extremely well known as being a leading tile supplier. This is because we offer some of the best quality tiles at the lowest prices in Perth. Not only do we have a large selection of high quality tiles, but we also offer tiles at incredibly competitive prices. Whether you’re looking for wall tiles, floor tiles, porcelain tiles, mosaic tiles, feature tiles, PVC floor tiles or adhesives and grout, we’ve got it all online or in store! When you purchase tiles from a reputed supplier like Ross’s, you can rest assured that you will be buying high quality products at the best possible prices.
3. Choose your tiles accordingly
As I mentioned earlier, different tiles are meant for different purposes and you will need to keep this in mind when purchasing tiles as well. After you’ve considered whether you need bathroom tiles, floor tiles, wall tiles, feature tiles or mosaic tiles, there are some little tips and tricks you should follow. Lighter coloured tiles will make rooms appear brighter, while darker coloured tiles will give off a sophisticated feel. Choose natural or matt finish tiles for bathrooms to reduce chances of slipping. Also, bigger tiles will make your space appear larger due to the reduced number of grout lines.
4. Purchase tile adhesive, grout and other tools
Along with tiles, you will also need to purchase tile adhesives, grout and other tools which are needed in installing tiles. All of these you can order from our store at Ross’s. Some basic tools that you need to purchase include trowels, sponges, a float, nippers, a bucket, a cement sheet cutter, a grinder, a spirit level and straight edge, spacers and a tile cutter. Keep in mind that the larger your tiles are, the bigger your trowel notch must be.
5. You’re good to go!
Once you’ve considered the application your tiles will be used in, you’ve sourced cheap tiles from a reputed home improvement store, you’ve chosen the specific type of tiles you want and you’ve purchased adhesives, grout and other tools, you’re ready to start laying the tiles. I’ll be explaining how to go about the tile laying process in more detail in an upcoming blog post.
While many leave tiling to professionals, doing your own tiling will certainly save you a lot of money. In order to master DIY tiling, you need to follow a few systematic steps. First of all, you need to consider the specific application of the tiles by determining where the tiles will be used. Next up, you need to purchase tiles from a reputed home improvement store, such as Ross’s Discount Home Centre. Next, choose your tiles accordingly and purchase additional tools such as tile adhesive and grout. Once you have all of these, you’re good to go!
For high quality tiles at incredibly affordable prices, take a look at our tile collection here at Ross’s Discount Home Centre. We keep a huge stock of floor tiles, porcelain tiles, wall tiles, mosaic tiles, feature tiles and PVC tiles – along with tile adhesives and grout. Whatever type of tile you may be looking for, you can count on us to have it stocked!
Buy from us online or visit our showroom in Guildford, Perth to buy the best and trendiest tiles for your home. If you have any questions about tiles, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our expert salesmen. We will be extremely glad to be able to assist you.