Tiling


Am about to Tile my shower Cubicle 1400x900mm
Should I tile from the outside in towards the internal corner, or from the internal corner to the outside, either way I have to cut about a 3rd of the end tiles, I can't decide which way would look best!! -- ®ÖĞ Remove spamtrap to reply.
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Am about to Tile my shower Cubicle 1400x900mm
Should I tile from the outside in towards the internal corner,
It's a matter of opinion but, yes (in mine) it will look much better this way and putting the cut tiles here will 'hide' any out of (vertical) squareness of the walls. If you start with a full tile in the corner (bottom row) you may need to cut a sliver off the tiles as you go upwards, or worse, have to put a sliver in, Putting a sliver in WILL look so naff and spoil any effect you were hoping for, and make even the most painstaking project look like it was done by a complete novice! Also I presume you will be using tile edging strips at the ends, if so these look so much better when against the manufactured tile edge rather than a cut one.
or from the internal corner to the outside, either way I have to cut about a 3rd of the end tiles, I can't decide which way would look best!!
Tiling is all about planning. Don't forget, wherever you put the FIRST tile determines where the rest go! An hour or so at the beginning before any tile is fixed can be worth many hours of you saying "If only I had.....". Tiling is not as easy to change as wallpaper or emulsion if you don't like it!
Hope that hrelps.
John
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Hello Rod,
Sorry to tag onto your own question but you may be able to help me out because I am about to fit my shower cubicle but am unsure as to whether I need to use a waterproof back sheet of any kind.
The guy in the shop said I need to use a board at £16:50 for a sheet 1x2m increasing the job cost dramatically.
My question is if I'm using a waterproof adhesive and grout with my tiles then why do I need to cover the plasterboard with a waterproof board as well or is he just after additional sales?
Mark
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well
i used a think marine ply with a pva solution painted over it and ive never had any problems at all with it, that was about 6 years ago as well.
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When I did mine I did from the inside corner outwards and my walls are really naff! The job looks fine though because the tile run is very small and even though they are probably not straight they are in line with the walls and they look straight. It's very easy doing it this way too.
I didn't cut the end tiles but took them outside the cubicle to the next tile end and that looks fine too. My only mistake was to listen to a last minute request for a tile dado which I fitted only to discover that the cubicle needed to be against flat wall. After a momentary panic, some headscratching and some heart in mouth stuff, I cut channels for the cubicle with an angle grinder and it couldn't have been easier. Got wife to hold a hoover near the grinder so there was minimal dust too. Took less than a day I think.
TonyB
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Rod wrote:

Use gauge stick, and tile from the centre out; your gauge will tell you whether to start in the middle of a tile, or at the edge.
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