Tiling tips laid out

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - TRADES & SERVICES - Janita Singh

MORE women are pick­ing up the tools to give home im­prove­ment projects a go.

Re­al­ity TV shows such as The Block have in­spired many women to have a go at tasks in­clud­ing tiling.

Tile specialist Christie Wood says cu­ri­ous women are turn­ing up at their Beau­mont Tiles’ show­rooms to learn more about tiling.

“Tiling needs pa­tience, pre­ci­sion and a bit of nerve thrown in . . . for first time tilers, I’d sug­gest kick­ing up your feet, do­ing re­search, watch­ing tele­vi­sion shows or ob­serv­ing some­one ac­tu­ally tiling for ideas,” she says.

Be­fore start­ing the project, Wood sug­gests go­ing out and hang­ing out in tile specialist shops to learn about the prod­uct (types, sur­faces, trends etc). Here, Wood an­swers some com­mon con­cerns women have about tiling projects: Where do I start? Have a vi­sion and bud­get. I’ve spent hours pour­ing over blogs/mag­a­zines. How can I make a de­ci­sion on de­signs? To break a dead­lock (which is usu­ally be­tween func­tional and beau­ti­ful de­sign), go with a sim­ple but lux­u­ri­ous, tra­di­tional can­vas. Try stone or stone looka­like. Set aside an area to play. Knock your­self out with colour, tex­ture or even a plain tile lay­ered in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion like her­ring­bone or bas­ket weave. Re­mem­ber – you can al­ways tile over tiles. Best tiles to use in a bath­room (for kids’ safety)? Most tiles have an ‘R’ rat­ing and some are even suit­able for kids. R de­notes a prod­uct’s slip re­sis­tance. Most ev­ery­day matt tiles are rated R9. R10 are for ar­eas with some safety con­cerns, for ex­am­ple wet traf­fic rooms like the bath­room. R11 is for higher safety ar­eas like pools and alfresco. How long will the project take? Plan for a week, al­low for a fort­night. For more in­for­ma­tion see: tile.com.au

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