Back buttering tiles

How do you back butter tiles? I have some handmade wall tiles to lay and I'm told this is the best method.

Asked by lauren on 19th Jan 2023
Expert Trade Answers
"Apply the adhesive to the wall using the teeth side of your trowel, then to back butter your tile do the same again but this time using the square flat side of the trowel. Make sure to also keep your edges clean so you have a clean grout joint."
Answered on 20th Jan 2023 - Member since Dec 2022 - report
"Back buttering is the thin spreading of adhesive on the back of a tile to ensure it correctly bonds to your tiling substrate.

It’s required when fixing large format porcelain tiles with a standard non-pourable adhesive and takes mere seconds but ensures a lasting bond!

To achieve an effective and quick back butter, use a 4mm notched trowel to spread and then flatten the ribs with a flat side of the trowel.

Back buttering is especially important for tiles which are slightly bowed, uncalibrated or where the back of the tile is uneven. British Standards state that 80-100% coverage is needed with large format tiles and 100% for any tiles in wet areas, regardless of size or material."
Answered on 19th May 2023 - Member since May 2023 - report
"You spread the adhesive on the tile , along with the combed wall/ surface area it gives a better bond . Definitely on large format tiles ."
Answered on 19th Jan 2023 - Member since Feb 2022 - report
"All tiles should now be back butterd it is regulations. It's a thin layer of adhesive evenly skimmed across the complete back of the tile. Thos ensures it is fully bonded to the substrate adhesive."
Answered on 7th Feb 2023 - Member since Feb 2023 - report
"You need to spread the wall with a notched trowel then butter the backs of the tiles with the straight edge of your trowel"
Answered on 19th Jan 2023 - Member since Jan 2023 - report
"I would only backbutter floor tiles 300mm 4mm upwards so if your not putting large tiles on your wall I wouldent bother .if you would like to speak to me I will explaine in more detail. Floors yes walls no only if tile exceeds 400mm 600mm by 600mm then yes ."
Answered on 19th Jan 2023 - Member since Sep 2022 - report
"Fill all voids on back of tile with a straight trowel. Back buttering is advised for tiles over 30x30."
Answered on 26th Jan 2023 - Member since Feb 2020 - report
"When tiling its is ideal to butter the back of the tile as well as the wall/floor for maximum bonding of tikes"
Answered on 19th Jan 2023 - Member since Nov 2018 - report
"Backbuttering is only recommended for large format tiles, e.g. 600x300 upwards in size. If you are looking to backbutter because your tiles are hand made then check this video out from BAL"
Answered on 19th Jan 2023 - Member since Jan 2020 - report
"Don't believe everything you are told.
Your source of information is unqualified.
Go to You Tube and search how to Tile.
This will help you. Don't expect any tradesman to tell you their tricks of the trade.
You have to learn them yourself.
Good luck."
Answered on 2nd Feb 2023 - Member since Jan 2017 - report
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