Can I do it myself or do i need a tiler?

11.04.2018
[Posted by James Morgan in Installation,Tips & Advice ]
One of the questions we get asked the most is….Do i need a tiler or a bricklayer to fit them?

We would recommend a tiler over a brick-layer as the job is closer to traditional ceramic tiling rather than brick laying. However, it is a project that we think anyone with an interest in DIY could quite easily do and find enjoyable.

Check out our step-by-step installation guide below for a run through of what it takes to go from a plain boring wall to an exposed brick wall, full of reclaimed character and charm.


Step 1

SURFACE PREP & MARKING OUT

Remove any loose paint or plaster, and repair any flaking surfaces. Dust down the prepared surface and remove any grease or dirt. Seal the surface with a suitable primer. Mark out level lines using a spirit level on the blank wall surface.
APPROVED PRODUCT: Prime Plus Primer,

Step 2

ADHESIVE

Mix your tile adhesive to the desired consistency applying the adhesive to the surface at a depth of 3-4mm to an area you can cover quickly.

Step 3

FIT THE BRICK-TILES

From the bottom upwards, stick your brick tiles to the desired surface, cutting in where necessary. Stick your second course, using your desired bond pattern and using spacers between courses. Complete the works whilst the adhesive is still workable.

Step 4

POINTING

Once all the tiling is complete ensure the tiles are clean and dry, remove the spacers, then apply the pointing mortar between the joints. This can be squeezed into the joints using our Brick Tile Pointing Tool
APPROVED PRODUCT: Brick-Tile Pointing Tool,

Step 5

SEAL

If desired, when all the pointing has been completed, brush the whole wall to remove any loose deposits ensuring the surface is clean and dry. Apply a coat of matt finish sealer to the surface of the brick tiles using either a brush or roller.
APPROVED PRODUCT: Matt Finish Sealer

Or if DIY isn’t your thing then why not give our approved installers Just Walls UK a quick call to discuss your installation needs.