Ask the Tile Mart Expert Ep. 1 | Answering Your Questions with Julee Ireland

Welcome to the latest blog post from Tile Mart University, where we delve into the intricate world of tiling and answer your most requested questions! Our first episode of "Ask The Tile Mart Expert" with Julee Ireland, an esteemed interior design architect and the founder of Home Renovation School, offered a wealth of knowledge on tiling. Let's explore the key takeaways from the episode, ensuring your next tile project is a resounding success.

Can You Install Tile Over an Existing Surface?

One of the most common questions we encounter at Tile Mart is about installing tiles over existing floors or wall surfaces. Julee's answer is a resounding "Yes," but with precautions. It's crucial to ensure the surface is clean, level, and sturdy. This approach can be a time and cost-saver, as it avoids demolition and floor prep costs. However, remember to assess the structural capacity of your floors and walls to support this additional weight.

Cutting and Fitting Tiles Around Obstacles

Tackling tricky tiles around pipes, corners, or outlets? Julee recommends precision and patience. For straight cuts, a manual tile cutter is your go-to tool, while a tile saw is perfect for complex shapes and notches. Remember, measure twice, cut once, and sand down the edges for that smooth, professional finish.

Choosing the Right Adhesives for Tile Installation

The choice of adhesive is crucial and depends on the tiling environment. In moisture-prone areas like bathrooms, a waterproof adhesive is essential. For floors, a flexible adhesive is recommended to withstand foot traffic and temperature changes. Generally, thin-set mortar is a versatile option for both floors and walls, but always check its compatibility with your specific tile type.

Your Tile Queries Answered

At Tile Mart, we're committed to guiding you through your tiling journey. If you have questions about any of our products, including adhesives, don't hesitate to fill out the 'Product Inquiry' section on our product pages. We're here to assist!

We hope this episode of "Ask The Tile Mart Expert" has shed light on some of the common challenges you face in your tiling projects. Remember, the right knowledge and tools are your best allies in achieving that dream design. Stay tuned for more insights, and don't forget to check out our website for a range of tile and stone products! 

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