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Easy Solutions to the Most Common Tile Installation Problems


Easy Solutions to the Most Common Tile Installation Problems

Tiles are everywhere, be it interior or exterior. The durability, style and affordability make it a popular option among homeowners. A DIY project for tile installation can be a great idea but the challenges can make it a tough job as a lot of people end up making mistakes.

This blog by AGL Tiles discusses some of the most common tile installation problems and easy solutions to them!

Uneven Surfaces

Uneven surface is one of the most common tile installation problems among homeowners. This is true for both floor tiles and wall tiles. If the surface is rough and uneven the installation of the tiles would be uneven too. You will end up with unwanted gaps, weird angles and overall, a bumpy tile installation.

The even tile installation increases the chances of tripping over. Moreover, this layout may also look ugly, making the space less functional and less attractive.

You can fix this by making sure the surface is ultra smooth and flat, perfect for installing the tiles. Use a levelling compound to fill any low spots and also use the sandpaper to make everything seem even. This will allow your floor tiles or wall tiles to be seamless.

Using Poor Adhesives

Once the surface is ready for tile installation, the next part is to apply adhesive. A few things can go wrong here or a combination of them which can cause the problem.

  • Using too little or too much adhesive
  • Not pressing the tiles firmly on the adhesive
  • The adhesive mixture is not suitable or prepared for the right use
  • Improper adhesive coverage, which can affect the installation of floor tiles or wall tiles

If tile installation is going to be a DIY project, then make sure to follow the instructions on the adhesive for the best results. Use proper application techniques and apply an even layer, ensuring uniformity to avoid any weak spots. Allow it enough time to cure and settle down. Also don't forget to double-check the alignment and positioning of the floor tiles or wall tiles beforehand.

Tile Lippage - Uneven Tiles Installation

Lippage is yet another common challenge faced while installing tiles. It means that the installed tiles are not aligned properly, resulting in uneven edges. Just the sight of this is painful to watch, imagine walking on these floor tiles, a total nightmare. Tile lippage can make the floor tiles or wall tiles useless once installed. The reinstallation would only cost you extra money and time.

A simple solution to overcome tile lippage is using tile spacers during installation. It will ensure even gaps between the installed floor tiles or wall tiles. Make sure to adjust any misalignment before you finalize.

Wrong Grouting and Wrong Colour

Grout lines have both functional and aesthetic purposes. Another common tile installation problem is uneven grout lines. Grout is a simple material used in between tiles to enhance its durability and appearance. If the floor tiles or wall tiles are not spaced properly, the uneven grout lines look bad. This can also cause stains, chips and cracks in the future. Apart from this a lot of homeowners select the wrong grout colour that affects the overall floor tiles or wall tiles look.

Here are some tips to help with the grout issues while installing tiles:

  • Wipe off the excess grout once it has been applied.
  • Make sure the grout lines are straight and uniform.
  • Don't walk on the floor tiles until the grout is completely dried.
  • Seal grout lines after installation to prevent discolouration
  • Use the Aura 360 Tile Visualizer by AGL Tiles to choose the right grout colour, be it bathroom tiles, kitchen tiles or even outdoor tiles.

Incorrect Tile Cutting

Generally, surfaces are not symmetrical, be it floor or wall. So, you'll be required to cut the tiles in different shapes and angles to fit perfectly. It is a tricky task even for the professional, a simple mistake can make the tile useless. Poorly cut tiles will result in rough edges and unsightly gaps. The problem only gets worse

It's best to use professional tools such as a tile cutter or a wet saw to cut the tiles with precision. For DIY enthusiasts give the spare tiles a try with your equipment before cutting the actual ones. Homeowners can also hire professionals for a seamless tile installation job. AGL's 360 Tile visualizer can help you install these tiles in the desired layout to plan better.

Choosing the Wrong Type of Tiles

Tiles come in a variety of types, each suitable for a distinct space. For example, don't swap kitchen tiles with bathroom tiles because they're designed for specific spaces and may not work well in other areas. A lot of homeowners end up selecting the wrong tile type which affects their space directly.

Explore the numerous tile options available in the market and choose the one that meets your needs perfectly. When it comes to bathroom tiles, they need to be durable, water-resistant and non-slip. Whereas kitchen tiles should be long-lasting, easy to maintain, stain & scratch-proof. Homeowners can also explore the diverse collection of vitrified tiles, ceramic tiles, porcelain tiles, marble tiles and more to find the right material.

Compromising on Quality

Just like the varieties, the market is full of tile companies in India. While finding a cheap option a lot of people end up compromising the quality of the tiles. This causes problems in the long run as the poor-quality results in chipping, cracking, discolouration and wears out over time.

Installing tiles into your space is like an investment that can help increase the property value. So, treat it as one and opt for branded tiles. With branded tiles, you get premium quality, endless style & design options and some of the best products. AGL Tiles is one such reputable tile company in India offering the best collection of tiles for every need. You can also visit the display centre to test out the products firsthand.

Floor tiles and wall tiles can surely add charm to your space if installed correctly. These were just some of the many common tile installation problems you might face. Follow the simple solutions to avoid these mistakes and create a stunning space with the help of tiles!

AGL Tiles has become a household name, thanks to its versatile, stylish and long-lasting tile collections!


  • Check if tiles are level and evenly spaced
  • Grout lines should be consistent
  • Tap tiles with a rubber mallet – a hollow sound may indicate improper installation
  • Visually inspect for alignment and straight edges

Cracks, discolouration, and crumbling in grout indicate problems. Water stains, mildew, or a hollow sound when tapped are also signs. These suggest weakening and a need for grout repair.

Prevent floor tile cracks by using a flexible adhesive during installation, ensuring a level and stable subfloor, and leaving expansion gaps. Avoid heavy impacts and temperature extremes. Regularly inspect and repair grout lines.

No, uneven tiles are not normal. Properly installed tiles should be level and even. Uneven tiles may indicate poor installation or issues with the underlying surface.

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