What products do I need to install bathroom tiles myself?


I will be doing some tiling work in my bathroom to replace some damaged tiles. I’ve not done any tiling work in a bathroom before – so I don’t know if there is any special sealants or other products I should be using. At the moment I am planning to use some bathroom specific tile adhesive and some tile grouting to seal the gaps between the tiles after they have been fitted.
Is grouting absolutely necessary if the tiles are already fitted due to the adhesive already? Will I need any other products for fitting tiles?
If there is any other tools or products anyone would recommend using to get the job done right, please let me know.

Asked by Lou on 3rd Jun 2019
Expert Trade Answers

The adhesive is for sticking the tiles to the wall and the grout is to make the seal around the tile, you can buy a bag of grout and adhesive mixture that does both jobs. Other than that there is not much to it."
Answered on 1st Aug 2019 - Member since Jun 2016 - report
"Yes grouting is necessary, it stops water from getting behind. If you haven’t done it before then have a look on YouTube it will give you an idea on what you should be doing, but remember to take your time with it, tiling can be complicated.

It depends on where you are tiling to what you will need. If you are just taking some out and replacing, then just remove, clean, apply flex adhesive and use a notched spreader. Then place the tile on top and give it a slight press, put the spacers in then carry on until your area is finished. Allow for it to dry for 24 hours or see pack for advice and then grout."
Answered on 3rd Jun 2019 - Member since Apr 2018 - report
"You must use grout, the adhesive or tile adhesive is simply the compound used to stick the tile to the wall and the grout is the seal. The grout and adhesive must be shower proof it will say on the tub but ask the assistant to double check. You may need a tile cutter unless they are full tiles and probably tile spacers."
Answered on 19th Jul 2019 - Member since Jul 2019 - report
"You will need to use a powdered adhesive if the tiles are any bigger than 300mm x 300mm, especially if the tiles are porcelain. Grout is an absolute must on any job, it is also a domestic regulation to waterproof any wet areas before tiling commences, grout and adhesive isn't fully waterproof and tiles are porous so they can absorb water and transfer to the sub wall/floor. You will need a tile cutter and a wet saw/ grinder with diamond blades to cut the tiles."
Answered on 27th Mar 2020 - Member since Oct 2019 - report
"You will first have to remove the damaged tiles and make a smooth job then use the adhesive to stick the tiles when the adhesive drys the grout them and and seal any tiles that join the bath use a good silicone if you don’t seal properly this will leak and could cause a lot of damage"
Answered on 27th Mar 2020 - Member since Jan 2020 - report
"Hi yes you will need tile spacers, the best are 2mm, they are white + and cost 3 or 4 pound for hundreds, you will need a tile cutter £20ish for the corners and half tiles and a pair of pliers to chip the tile around pipes, hope this helps, Gavin gpg home improvements"
Answered on 31st Mar 2020 - Member since Nov 2019 - report
"First of all you need a tile cutter, a decent tile adhesive, I recommend BAL, also the same make with the grout.

Grout is important as water will get into and behind the tiles causing the tiles to fall off and will result in damp."
Answered on 3rd Jan 2020 - Member since Dec 2019 - report
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