How to Tile Around a Window

Tiling is a very important process of the construction of a home, or a commercial space. And not only important, tiling can be a really tricky job too. From choosing the perfect tiles to installing them properly on your floors and walls, the process is long and tough, and you need to be cautious about it. Specially the installation part, cause if you don’t install the tiles properly, it will cause you a lot of problems later.

Among all the parts of the tile installation process, installing tiles around windows is the trickiest one. You need to be extra careful while tiling around a window. And you will need to follow specific procedures to successfully install tiles around windows. Otherwise you will face a hard time installing the tiles, and the work won’t be proper. In addition, you tiling work might come as a failure and you will have to do it all over again. The Procedures you should follow during the tiling process around windows are mentioned below, so that you can know and complete the whole process with ease.

Installing Tiles Around a Window

If you try using a plastic tile corner trim, the tiling work around a window will become an easier process. Tile edging is an important part of the tiling process, and it is an easy thing to do. Also it helps to change the look of your kitchen or bathroom drastically without having a huge expense. You need to use a notched trowel in order to spread thin-set on the wall around the window. Properly measuring the size of the window is a crucial task before cutting the tiles.

Before installing tiles around a window, you need to make sure that the tile corner trim is secured in thinset. The tiles needed to be left out for quite some time, two days at least, for drying out and then the colored grout can be applied. You can use a grout float to do so. To clear the grout of the tiles you just installed, use water and sponge.

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Materials You Can Use While Installing Tiles Around a Window

Installing tiles is a tough task, and it becomes even more tricky while you are installing it on the wall around a window. But you can use certain materials that can ease the job and help you to finish the task properly. The set of materials and tools you can use  while installing tiles around a window are given below.

  • Tile Corner Trim (Preferably Plastic)
  • Tile Spacers
  • Premixed Mastic
  • Thin Set Mortar
  • Rubber Hammer
  • Wet Saw
  • Cutter or Miter Saw
  • Score and Snap Cutter
  • Drill Machinery with Mixing Palette
  • Bucket
  • Gloves and Glasses for Your Safety

The Brief Process of the Installation

At the very start of the process, you need to remove bumps and other irregularities of the wall and prepare the surface to install tiles on it. You can apply a coat of cement to level the surface, or use a large scraper.

After that you need to prepare thethinset, and a clean bucket is recommended for the task.After filling 1/3rd of the bucket with water, pour the thinset powder in it to soak moisture. After 5 minutes, use a drill to mix the adhesive with a margin trowel or a  mixing paddle. You will know the thinset has the right consistency if it doesn’t slip off the trowel. You need to hold the trowel at an angle of 45° on the wall to spread an even layer of the thinset. You can keep combing the adhesive until the coat on the wall is level perfectly.

After that, you are up for installing the tiles around the window. You need to use a mallet and use it to hit the tiles gently in order to secure them in the right position properly. You can use a spirit level that will help to make sure the tiles are plumb.

Plastic tile corner trims can help you to obtain a nice look, and get the job done quickly too. They also come at good prices, so no extra expenses. These plastic corner trims can add nice styles to your rooms, and they come in many different colors and designs. Use spirit level to make sure the corner trim is installed correctly and perfectly level and plumb. You need to be patient and careful while cutting the tiles in order to cut them with proper dimension. TO keep the tiles evenly spaced, you can install spacers between them.

After installing the tiles and the plastic rim, you have to wait for some days for the thinset to dry out. Then use a small bucket to prepare the colored grout and use a grout float to apply the grout around the window. After doing all these, clean the whole surface using a wet sponge and then wipe it with a dry cloth. Now the procedure’s finished completely.

Final Words

If you go through the aforementioned process perfectly, you are bound to have a nice tiled window and the tiling job will look really nice. You need to be careful during the whole process, as tiling around windows is a tricky job overall.