Tiling requires strategic planning and surface preparation. It is easier to tile an even surface than it is to tile an uneven/rough one. Tiling comes with a lot of challenges and can be really messy if not properly planned.
The beauty of tiling is to see the artistry through the organisation of the tiles and how level they look and feel. When we lay our tile we always ensure the tile is evenly spaced without large unnecessary gaps around the edges.
Places that we tile a wall are kitchen splashback, bathroom walls, wetrooms and showers. Most of the time when tiling walls the idea is to prevent moisture and water penetrating the walls and causing damage. Therefore it is very important the tile glue is the right type e.g. bathroom specified and it is applied to cover the wall before the tile is laid. This will prevent moisture getting to the wall.
If the wall tile is not waterproof and is used in the bathroom area, over time water will find its way to penetrate the tile and glue to the wall. It is also applicable to use a waterproofing membrane at the back of the wall to prevent water damage. However, if after using this the tiles and the glue are not waterproof it will still affect the quality of the job.
Tiling a floor requires the necessary preparation, most importantly the floor must be firm and level before tiles can be laid. For wooden floors, a ply wood may be used to reinforce the strength of the floors to avoid movement (if there is movements it may cause the tiles to crake or the grout to come off)
Its also very important to makes sure that the floor tile glue has a 100% coverage on the floor or the back of the tile before laying, sometimes 95% coverage can be manageable if the area is not so exposed for loads of treading
In bathrooms or shower floors, it is very important to use a water proofing membrane to prevent water from escaping through, especially when the bathroom is on a top floor