9 Ways To Stop Your Tiles From Tenting (Bending And Moving Upwards)

A few cracked tiles after tenting issues underneath

Tiled surfaces are popular for floor and wall applications because they are durable, low maintenance, and easy to keep clean. Occasionally though, the unthinkable happens, and tiles start popping off the smooth, neat surface. Sometimes quite dramatically!  Inadequate space to allow for tile and subfloor expansion is the most common reason tile tenting occurs.   … Read more

Do You Need To Seal A Plywood Floor Before Tiling?

Various construction work being done in a room with plywood floors

Plywood has been a decent subfloor material for many decades; however before starting a tiling job, you will want to ensure that it is properly treated in order to protect your home. Plywood is a wood material and needs to be waterproof to avoid dampness and moisture from below. In addition, applying a double sealant … Read more

How High (How Many Rows) Should You Tile At A Time?

Putting new tiles back on the wall sage green metro style

Tiling a room can be intimidating if you haven’t done it before. All of us are under constant time pressure, so we’d like to complete the project as quickly as possible. Ideally, we’d want to get the job done in a day or two, but is it possible to tile large areas in one go … Read more

Can You Lay Tile Directly on Hardie Backer?

The back of HardieBacker board

It is essential to choose suitable materials when installing new tile flooring. For example, when you’re laying tile on a wood subfloor, you need a cement backer board as an underlayment to prevent water leaks that can damage your flooring. So, never lay tiles on the substrate directly; instead, lay the tiles on the installed … Read more

Make Concrete Color Match: How To Brighten and Darken Concrete

A cement wall with blue dye color mixed into it

Concrete is a construction material consisting of a mixture of Portland cement, sand and stone aggregate. When mixed with water, a green uncured mixture is obtained to be poured into molds or formwork. Concrete is ideal for laying durable surfaces such as highways, airport runways, sidewalks, and driveways. Freshly laid concrete will have a greenish … Read more

Why Do Porcelain Tiles Cost More To Lay?

Newly laid porcelain tiles in a refurbished room

Because of its durability and water-resistant properties, porcelain is the preferred tile in many settings. However, if you have invested in new porcelain tiles, you may be surprised to find that your installer recalculates the labor estimate – upwards. These tiles are not suitable for DIYers to lay as a weekend project. The cost of … Read more