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FAQs about Tile Installation: Where Do You Start When You Tile?

Once you've started to tile a room or area in your house, a series of troubles may come around you. And, you may have no idea to solve these troubles. Fortunately, Overland, one of the leading porcelain tile manufacturers in China, would help you solve these problems in this post.

Where Do You Start When You Tile?

Encountering a whole board room, you may have no idea where to get started with the tiling. Just take it easy. You can start laying ceramic tile or porcelain tile in the center of the room.
You could mark a guideline or layout in the room to ensure the porcelain tile pattern is evenly centered. Then, you need to use tape to measure four walls in the room to find the midpoint of the room.
large floor tiles
Large Floor Tiles

Can You Put Flooring Over the Tile?

Yes, you can. Only if the floor tiles are in decent shape without any cracks or loose, you could put oak laminate flooring over the floor tiles. Otherwise, the uneven floor tiles or the protruding tiles would damage the solid oak flooring.

What Do You Tile First: Floor or Walls?

This question is the second most frequently asked question among people. It actually depends on personal preference. You can tile either floor tiles or ceramic wall tiles. However, I suggest you had better tile walls first and then the floor when you need to tile both in a room like a bathroom. It is because you can keep your patterned bathroom floor tiles away from the dirt. It would greatly save you effort. There are also benefits to tiling grey porcelain floor tiles first. The major benefit is you could hide the cuts in the floor tiles where they meet the wall.

Do You Tile Wall or Floor First in the Bathroom?

However, in some functional rooms, you need to take full consideration of the tiling rank. When you plan to install the bathroom, you tile bathroom stone wall tiles before tackling the floor to prevent damage of the floor.
gray tile bathroom
Gray Tile Bathroom

Do You Tile The Floor or Walls First In A Shower?

When comes to the installation of the bathroom shower tile, you need to tile your white bathroom floor tile, because it makes ceramic wall tiles bathroom would seem to be 'sitting' on the bathroom floor. Then the shower tile designs are more fit to the actual daily use.

Does the Tile Go on Top of the Drywall?

Yes, you can tile over drywall when the area is not exposed to excessive moisture. If it is not, you had better not do the tiling work. It is because the moisture would permeate the behind of your matt wall tiles which leads to your tiles damage, mold, or pest infestations.

How Far Should Tile Extend Past Shower?

When you are tiling the bathroom tiles, you should extend the tile 2 or 3 in. beyond the bathtub, leaving at least half a tile on the wall if possible. Don’t forget to tile even with the end of the bathtub.
bathroom shower tile
Bathroom Shower Tile

How Do You Fill A Large Gap between Tile and Wall?

If you gap between tiles is smaller than 1/8 inch in width, regular caulk is recommended. If the gap is larger than 1/8 inch, use the sanded caulk. Before filling, you should ensure the gap is clean and dry to avoid cracking and falling-out issues.


Tiling the porcelain tile is a tricky project that requires you take much effort and a certain term of techniques. Therefore, if you have enough budget, you had better contact reliable craftsmen to do this job.
Overland is reckoned as one of the leading tile manufacturers, providing a wide range of premium porcelain tile. If you are a remodeling contractor and are finding a great grey floor and wall tiles, you could contact us.