DIY Guide

Use this checklist as a guide for the tools and materials needed to complete a tiling project. Our consultants will be happy to help you work out a more specific list for your job. 


 
MaterialsTips
Tiles Choose from over 1000 different tile styles at Tile Centre
Fibre Cement Board / Tile Underlay Used to provide a stable substrate to tile onto. Necessary to prevent movement in wooden floors.
Waterproofing Membrane Required for wet areas. We recommend hiring a certified for waterproofing applicator.
Threaded Nails For installing underlay
Levelling Compound Applied when the substrate surface is uneven.
Primer Must be used on the area to be tiled before tiling.
Tile Adhesive Many different types available depending on the type of substrate the tiles are to be laid on. If unsure, please check with a trade consultant.
Spacers To keep grout lines even between tiles. We recommend the Raimondi Levelling Spacers, which ensure spacing is even and tiles are level when laid.
Grout Various colours are available and we would advise working with your tile design consultant to pick out the right colour when selecting your tiles.
Epoxy Grout Recommended for shower areas to resist mould. Essential for swimming pools and high traffic areas where grout fading and maintenance can be issues.
Grout Additive Used with cement based grout to aid in adhesion and is needed in areas where extra resilience, stain resistance and mould resistance is needed.
Grout Sealer To protect the grout colour and for ease of cleaning.
Silicone Creates a flexible grout joint. Must be used around the perimeter of rooms, wall corners, or where the tiles meet other surfaces. Available in a range of colours to match grout colours.
Sealer Seals porous materials such as un-glazed ceramic tiles, stone, slate, marble terracotta etc. against dirt and liquid to make them easier to maintain. Porcelain tiles do not require sealing as they are far less porous.
Trim Usually aluminium, for covering the exposed edges of tiles.
Epoxy Cleaner For cleaning up after epoxy grout application.
 

TOOLS

ToolsUsage
Tape Measure To measure the area to be tiled to work out the number of tiles and how the tiles will be laid out.
Chalk Line For marking long, straight lines on relatively flat surfaces.
Builders Square (Framing Square) Helps align and position tiles at 90 degree angles.
Spirit Level To ensure the tiles are perfectly level and for creating level markings.
Tile Marking Pencil / Chalk To mark cuts onto the tiles.
Tile Cutter A variety of options are available in store for sale and hire.
Tile Saw / Angle Grinder For shaping curved tiles to fit around obstructions, such as water pipes, wash basins or baths. Available for hire at selected Tile Space stores.
Tile Drill / Hole Saw For drilling holes through tiles to accommodate pipes or fittings.
Tile Nippers Aids tile cutting. Used for making very narrow cuts, removing waste from a curved cut or for cutting individual mosaic tiles.
Glass Cutter Used for scoring smooth surface glazes, allowing the tile to be snapped.
Nail Gun For nailing down underlay.
Notched Trowel Used to apply the adhesive. Normally an 8mm or 10mm trowel is required for floor tiling and 4mm or 6mm for wall tiling.
Grout Float / Squeegee Rubber edged tool for applying and spreading grout.
Caulking Gun (Silicone Gun) Used to apply silicone.
Sponges To clean up after grout application and wipe off excess grout.
Rags For wiping up drips.
Floor Protection To protect floors while wall tiling or when moving tiling materials around the area. We recommend Ram Board.