Tiling the Fireplace
If your fireplace doesn't look appealing anymore, consider revamping it. Whether it's building a totally new fireplace or restoring a new base to put in place a woodburning stove, fireplace tiling is something that can be completed by almost anyone with enough time and gumption. However, if you don't have the time or simply don't want to go to the effort, we can tile your fireplace efficiently and affordably.
Selection of the Right Tiles
Before embarking on the fireplace tiling process, it is essential to make sure the selected tiles are suitable. Common types of tiles are:
Measure the Fireplace
Measure your fireplace accurately, taking into consideration where the central tile will sit.
Laying the Tile
Starting from your central tiles, make sure all surrounding tiles are in place to create an appealing style and achieve your desired finish. Take into account the composition of patterns, and use this as your chance to carry out modifications by using your tile cutter to make sure all your tiles perfectly fit your fireplace measurements.
Seal Dusty Areas with the Help of Acrylic Primer
Once the fireplace is free from dust, cover with an acrylic primer layer. It maximizes the cohesion between the adhesive and surface, which ensures the attainment of top-notch quality finishes. Give it some time to dry before marking the central line with a pencil.
Evenly Spread the Adhesive
First, make sure the adhesive is ready as per the manufacturer's instructions. Estimate the central fireplace line. With the help of a pencil, make a mark at the back and front of the floor and wall. Ensure these lines are in a place that will be visible throughout the tiling process. Begin to apply adhesive to the back of your tiles with the help of a tiler's trowel, about two to three centimeters thick.
First, lay the central or primary tile and continue to operate outwards from it. Work on one small region at a time to guarantee accuracy. Lay tiles on top of a low surface created with the adhesive. Apply tile spacers in between, in case the tiles aren't on the mesh background already.
Utilize spirit levels to effectively ensure all tiles are level and carefully place each tile to the adhesive. Be careful not to squeeze the adhesive into the gaps with a lot of force.
Clean the Area
Use clean water and a sponge to clean the whole tiled surface carefully.
Check Grout Lines
In the process of tiling, the adhesive can creep through the grout lines. This can result in speckled finishes during the grout application.
The moment the adhesive has dried completely, get rid of any residue on the grout lines with a stanley knife. After that, carry out the grouting process. Remember to properly prepare the grout, whether it's powdered or pre-made. Soft floats usually are crucial as they protect tiles from scratches.