The Top 5 Essential Tiling Tools For Your Toolbox

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The Top 5 Essential Tiling Tools For Your Toolbox8th January 2018

The best tiling jobs are done with the right tools. Whether you are a professional tiler or a DIY hero, your tools will ensure that your tiling is looks professional and lasts as long as you need it to.

For success every time, you should start by making sure that your tiling tool box has these 5 essentials.

1) Trowel

A trowel is the first thing you need to ensure that your tiling project is securely and professionally completed. The size of trowel you need depends on your level of experience and the size of tile that you’re using, but a general rule to go by is to match the mm of the notch to the inch of the tile, plus 2 inches of leeway. For example, if you’re fitting a 8-10 inch tile, choose an 8mm. If you’re in need of any guidance, feel free to get in touch with us.

2) Rubber Mallet

Using a rubber mallet to gently tap your tiles into place will ensure an even, flat surface. Many beginners think that a traditional hammer wrapped in something soft, like fabric, is a substitute for this, but trust the experts when we say that this tool will save you plenty of broken tiles and frustration!

3) Tile cutter

Every tiling job will have a need to resize tiles, so every tiler needs a way to cut tiles without damaging them. Professionals tend to use a wet saw - this is a machine that reliably and quickly cuts tiles of all materials. For hard to cut tiles such as porcelain or natural stone, a wet saw is the best way to avoid chips and crumbling. A manual saw is a cheaper alternative, but requires some technique to avoid broken tiles.

4) Chalk Line

Precision is everything in tiling! Whether you’re tiling a floor or wall, it’s important that your lines are straight. A chalk line uses a string and chalk to draw a straight line where you need it. It’s perfect for keeping a guideline when you first start tiling - just make sure you measure twice and use a spirit level on any walls before you begin!

5) Tiling nippers

In every room, there are power outlets, pipes or other imperfections that mean that a standard tile won’t fit. By using tiling nippers, you can remove small amounts of tile to accommodate for these areas, in both straight and curved cuts. This way, you’ll always have a neat edge, even in hard to tile areas.

For professional advice from our team, who have over 15 years experience in the tiling business, get in touch with us. We’ll be happy to answer any questions and point you towards the product that best suits your needs.