The majority of all tiles installed
are used in inviting entryways, hallways, low-maintenance
bathrooms and kitchens, and decorative terraces and balconies.
Whatever the area, all materials must be carefully
considered for the end result to be both appealing to the eye,
protected and useful for its chosen purpose.
Many things must be considered; from the foundation and adhesive, to
the type of tile and grout to be used. The surface must be prepared to
receive preparation and tile, layout must be made, setting sequence
(straight, diagonal, intermittent, etc), alignment, grouting and
Wall installation can even be a
challenge for professionals. Although there are similarities with
floor installations, walls pose the problem of gravity. Floor tiles
tend to stay where they are placed. Wall tiles tend to want to shift
downward due to gravity pull. Cement backers or mortar may be used as
a setting bed for wall tiles.
Countertop tile setting is much like
setting tile on floor, except in smaller scale. Adding a backsplash
would be like setting wall tile. Seeing as they will be in an area
where food acids, grease, water and spills occur, to help keep mold,
mildew and bacteria from growing, non-porous tiles and latex or
acrylic-modified adhesive grouts are recommended as are cement backer
boards and mortar beds.