How to Tile Everything
Use the right substrate and mortar for a long-lasting tile installation.
Synopsis: Tiling looks simple, so many people decide to do it themselves. Unfortunately, there’s more to a good tile job than meets the eye. Editor Justin Fink identifies five fundamentals for every tiling job, then provides an overview of some common tiling projects (kitchen backsplash, outdoor spaces, tub/shower surround, shower floor) and of two specialty tiles: glass tile and large-format tile.
To me, tile work is a lot like painting, or hanging and taping drywall. It’s a task that looks simple and has a low barrier to entry in terms of tools and materials. It’s the part of a remodel job where people often try to save a bit of money by doing it themselves. And although it’s true that tile can be the center of attention in a kitchen, bath, or foyer because it introduces color, creates the illusion of an expanded space, or counterbalances the other…