Mosaic Tiles- A Definition and Laying Guide

Our extensive Mosaic tile ranges including both classic and contemporary designs, which can truly customise your decor to create a stunning result.

You can add mosaics to the kitchen or bathroom – often of course glass or similar-material mosaic – or you could include natural stone in your home for a classic look. Depending on the layout of your property, there are always options for a fantastic look.

Below are some of our mosaic tiles available now!

How to Lay Mosaic Tiles

Measure the Space

Before you apply even a single tile, you will need to measure the space. Mark out where you want them to go, as well as the pattern you’re working towards achieving. We recommend a spirit level for exact markings over a rough guide when tiling a small section, whereas it may not be necessary to use the level for a full wall.

Apply Adhesive

To use the best quality adhesive available, mix the adhesive by adding powder and water in a bucket so that your tiles apply with ease. It should result in a peanut butter or toothpaste consistency. If it’s still watery, keep adding powder until you get the right consitency. Then, when applying the mix remember to not put too much adhesive on at a time; aim for a small area to set approximately two to four tiles at a time.

Laying the Tiles

Before applying, check the tiles are facing the correct way for the pattern you want, then when certain place them from the bottom edge of the wall outwards. Press the tiles hard into the moist adhesive until they’re secure, then use a grout trowel to make sure the tiles are level before the adhesive dries and solidifies.

Obstacles

It’s likely that your wall will have difficult obstacles to tile around, however it’s still quite easy to plan sensible strategies. For expected plug sockets or light switch, measure the distance from your last tile to the obstacle’s edge. From there, measure/record the width and height of that obstacle and, on your sheet of tiles, use a sharp knife to cut them within the markings and lay on the adhesive in the exact format.

Grouting

The final step is of course grouting. After applying all your tiles, ensure they are fully dried; this can take up to 24 hours so being patient is key. Remember, if they are located in bathrooms or kitchens, your grout will need to be waterproof so that the tiles don’t come loose. Apply with a grout spreader, clean off the excess grout with a wet cloth as you go, then you’re done!

For more information on what tiling options we have for you, call us or drop in to the store to see what’s available and chat with our friendly staff.

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