Can You Put Floor Tiles On The Wall?

So, you've seen some tiles you love and want to know if it's safe to put that floor tile on your wall. Let's look at what is possible.

Can You Put Floor Tiles On The Wall?

When it comes to tiling, ensuring durability and long-lasting results is paramount. Nobody wants tiles falling off their walls or dealing with structural issues down the line. To guarantee a successful tiling project, there are two key factors you must consider: the weight of the tiles and the strength of the surface you're tiling on. In this blog post, we will explore these considerations and introduce tile backerboard solutions that can address common challenges.

1. Determining Tile Weight:
Before diving into your tiling project, it's crucial to know the weight of your tiles per square metre. This information ensures that you choose tiles that won't exceed the recommended weight limits. If you're unsure about the weight of your tiles, simply reach out to our Helpdesk via email or call us on 0117 959 8888, and we'll gladly provide you with the necessary information. Additionally, remember to account for the weight of grout and adhesive, typically adding 2-4kg per square metre.

2. Assessing Surface Strength:
The strength of the surface you're tiling on plays a vital role in maintaining tile integrity. To determine the weight restrictions for different substrates, refer to the BAL weight restrictions chart below. Each surface type can withstand varying weights, so it's essential to match the weight of your tiles with the surface's capacity. If your chosen tiles, combined with adhesive and grout, exceed the recommended weight limit, we advise against using those tiles.

Wall Substrates Maximum weight of tiling per m2
inclusive of adhesive & grout
Gypsum plaster 20kg/m2
Gypsum plasterboard direct
i.e. without a plaster skim
Plywood (WBP) Up to 30kg/m2
Lightweight tile backing boards* Up to 40kg/m2 or more, dependent upon type/thickness of board
Glass reinforced cement sheets* Up to 50kg/m2 or more, dependent upon type/thickness of board
Gypsum fibre boards* Approx 35-40kg/m2

2.1 Strengthening Weak Surfaces:
If you encounter walls that are not straight, a common issue in older houses, don't worry! Tile backing board is an effective solution that can save the day. By fixing a tile backing board, you not only increase the weight allowance for tiles, adhesive, and grout but also create a level surface for seamless tiling. This ensures that your design looks even and as intended. Moreover, the right tile backing boards provide added benefits of tanking/waterproofing the area. It's an ideal solution when installing heavier floor tiles on the wall.

2.2 Tile Backerboard Options:
At Tileflair, we offer a range of tile backerboard options to suit your needs. Deltaboard, available in various sizes and thicknesses, provides reliable support and enhance the weight allowance for your tiling project. Additionally, Schluter Systems Kerdi boards, another excellent choice, offer excellent durability and versatility. For more information on Kerdi Tile backerboard or to seek advice and obtain a quote for your tile project, don't hesitate to contact our Tileflair Helpdesk.

When it comes to tiling, prioritising the weight of tiles and the strength of the surface is essential for ensuring long-lasting results. By understanding these factors and using tile backing boards when necessary, you can avoid tile failure and create a durable and visually pleasing tiled surface. Don't hesitate to reach out to our knowledgeable Helpdesk for assistance and recommendations tailored to your specific project requirements.

There are some gorgeous interiors that feature continuous tile design from the floor to the wall. You can tile the entire room with the same tiles (obviously after checking the weight restrictions of the substrate) or bring elements from the floor pattern to a feature wall for added effect.

We have many ranges where you can put floor tiles on the wall, or simply choose matching wall and floor tiles from the same range.

Our Firenze range is a perfect example of how you can create a stunning room using large format tiles on the floor and the wall for a seamless look. At only 6mm thick, each tile is thinner than a standard tile resulting in less weight. Choose the natural finish for greater slip resistance on your floor and the polished option for a more sleek finish on your wall, giving you more flexibility with your design choices.

The Tileflair Helpdesk are always happy to help out with any technical query, so please contact us if unsure. We are here to help you get it right and provide information about tiles, tile weight, plus substrate and tile backerboard advice.

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