A few days ago was national tile day! Which I only recently learned of its existence. I thought it was appropriate to write an article since my dad has been a tile-setter for more than 30 years, and we go to the States each year to do tile to save up for living in Ecuador. Now that our family has helped my dad with setting tile, I have seen how difficult and intricate it is as a profession.
On a newly built house, to start laying down tile, my dad measures the space the tile will go and the tile, and then, decides where he can start to make the room look the best. He thinks about how big the cut tiles will be (the bigger the better), and where they will be, and many other aspects. This is really where geometry comes into play in the real world; I always say that as students we should have taken a field trip to a tile job to see the practical application of math.
After figuring out the layout of the tile, dad makes thin-set and lays the tile level and smooth and with even grout joints. It may sound easy but it is quite difficult, and this is just the basics.
For a remodel, my dad often has to tear out the old tile and rebuild either the floor or walls, due to damage from passing years. And he has to fortify the floor or walls. For floors, he puts down cement board or something similar. For shower walls, he makes the walls level by floating them, in other words putting cement on them.
Tile takes a lot of hard work to make the room look nice and to have level floors that don’t leak. And there is an art to it.
Here are some of the projects that we have done recently:
These are tiles that look like wood. Some cuts can be very tricky like this one:
Written by Ashley