You love your home. After all, you put so much time and effort into it (not to mention money), that it would be hard to call it your home if you hated it. But, there’s this one room in your house that could use a little sprucing up, your bathroom for example. Wouldn’t it be great if you could change the tiles of your bathroom wall in one weekend without having to deal with the mess that retiling a wall can create? It just might be possible to get everything done in one day thanks to the revolutionary new product: self adhesive tiles.
Regular tiles are beautiful, but installing them can be a hassle. You have a lot of work to do before you can even consider applying the tiles. Regular tiles don’t stick to just any type of surface. The surface needs to be prepared in order for the tiles to stick to them. Wallpaper or paint needs to be scraped off and holes need to be filled. Finally, everything needs to be sanded down afterwards for the redecorating process to even begin. If you choose to install self adhesive tiles to your wall, you’ll need virtually no preparation in order to get things going. In fact, the only thing you’ll need to do is clean the surface to which the tiles need to be applied. Self adhesive tiles can stick to virtually any clean surface. They can even be place over regular tiles. They are perfect for redecorating an entire room or for just adding a little extra touch to an existing tile wall.
It is always recommended to buy extra tiles when you use regular tiles because some of them will be destroyed in the process. Resizing tiles by cutting them is tricky. Even some professionals have a hard time doing it correctly. If you need to contour a mirror for example, it might take several tries and tiles before everything is the right size. Self adhesive tiles are much more user friendly. All that needs to be done is to trim the panel with a regular box cutter and fit it on the surface that needs to be tiled. No tiles get broken in the process, and you get it done correctly in just one try!
Not only are regular tiles hard to work with, they also cause a mess. After the application with mastic is done, everything needs to be patched up with grout. Using grout is just as tricky as cutting tiles; it has to be done right the first time. You need to put enough grout on the wall to make sure the tiles stay in place, but, you have to be careful not to grout over your tiles because that can leave some permanent stains that probably won’t go well with your decor. If you’re using self adhesive tiles for your project, all you need to do is peel and stick, but be careful, once the tiles have been placed on the wall, they are very hard to remove, so make sure you are certain of the spot you want to put them on before you do it.
The walls have been prepared, the tiles have been installed, the grout has been put on the wall…you should be done with the project right? Wrong. Even after all those steps have been taken care of, you need to apply sealant to the grout to make sure it stays dry. If you want your wall to retain its original beauty for the longest possible time, you’ll need to repeat the sealing process once every few years so that everything stays pristine for many more years to come. On the other hand, self adhesive tiles will retain their beauty for a very long time. They are heat and humidity resistant on top of being unbreakable. You just might get tired of your design and will need to update it before your tiles show any sign of deterioration.