Laying tile, especially in smaller rooms, is commonly done by our DIY customers. Installing tile can be a simple task so long as you perform your installation research and have the proper tools that you will need to install the tile you have picked out.
Wet Tile Saw
Although wet tile saws do not have a purpose outside of cutting tile, it is highly recommended to buy a wet tile saw instead of trying to avoid the price tag (or lack of versatility) by attempting to complete the job with other tools. Wet tile saws are specifically designed to cut through all tile materials – natural stone tiles, porcelain, ceramic, etc. One great advantage of using a wet tile saw is that you reduce the risk of breakage of your tiles regardless of the material the tile is made of. The price of a wet tile saw can range between $100 – $200 and are typically available at your local home improvement store.
A grout float is needed when you apply your tiles and you need something to press them into place and ensure the mortar under the tile is pressed between the seams under the tile.
This tool is essential because more often than not you are going to need to remove excess tile mortar – and a traditional sponge or rag may not be enough to cut it. Grout sponges are better at adequately cleaning up tile mortar.
Trowels are used for spreading tile mortar in the floor prior to placing tiles down. However, you can’t use simple trowels – for tile installation, pointed or square notched trowels are required because it helps to prevent too much mortar from being added and ensures a more adhesive grip when the tile is placed down.
This is inexpensive tool than can help to make irregular cuts that your wet tile saw can’t do. Therefore, it is a complement of the wet tile saw. A tile nibbler is not essential if the project does not require unusual cuts.
Bubble Or Box Level
Bubble or box levels are common tools and you may already own one. There are also several phone apps that have fairly accurate levels (you may have to remove your protective phone case to ensure accuracy).
A rubber mallet is needed to prevent crack lines in your tiles when tapping them into place. A makeshift rubber mallet (i.e. regular hammer wrapped with a towel) will not work!
This plastic bucket is for making the mortar for your tiling job. It has to be new because you don’t want to mix the mortar with any residue substances or chemicals. Having a spare clean bucket on hand will also be helpful when you need to clean excess grout or mortar as well.