Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Tiling Projects and Professional Tile Tools

Any tiling project that you should do at home should only be attempted with the right combination of factors.  You should have the knowledge and experience to try it, the ability to follow specific instructions, and most importantly, the right tools for the job.  But what are the right tools?

Make Sure You Buy Only Professional Grade Tile Tools

Professional Grade Tile Tools: There is a Difference

One of the biggest pitfalls that people fall into when they attempt a tiling project is to go cheap.  They already spent a lot of money on the book they got from their home improvement center,  or maybe the DVD of tiling projects cost a fair amount of money as well.  So what do they do?  They decide to save money on the tile, the grout, and worst of all the tile tools that they're going to be using for the project in question.  

Why does scrimping on the tile tools and other materials cause such a problem?  Well, let's look at the tile and grout first.  If you buy cheap tile and grout, there is a good chance that it isn't heavy duty and it can be easily damaged or cracked.  As for tile tools themselves, some of the materials used in tiling projects are 'time-sensitive.'  Thin set is an excellent example.  What would happen if your mixture started to solidify before you were ready because your trowel broke during mid application, and yes that can really happen.  Some tile trowels are flimsy, just as other tile tools are concerned

Tiling Tools for Professionals

What's the fix for this problem?  Get professional grade tile tools.  Tiling professionals and other flooring contractors use slightly different tools than a normal consumer does.  They also have access to tools such as tile saws and other tile cutters.  Why professional grade tile tools are the ones you should go for is simple.  They will last you job after job, year after year, and are worth the cost. 

Are professional grade tile tools more expensive.  Depends on how you look at it.  Some tools cost a bit more, but when you look at the idea of having to buy tools constantly, you end up actually spending more money on replacing your tools each time than you would have with professional grade tile tools. 
So remember, the right tools make all the difference in a project.  So for your tiling project, whatever it may be, make sure you get professional grade tile tools.