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Tiling if done correctly uplifts the look and feel of the house. You can make a very good impression among your guests just by tiling your outdoor floor diligently and with taste. People generally take a look at the floor when they enter a house. So if you have done your patio work correctly, it will create a good impression amongst whoever comes to your house. Therefore, in the article, we are going to DIY an Outdoor Tiling Adelaide Project in 5 simple steps. Follow the steps to do the tile installation and subsequently collect compliments from everyone.

Outdoor tiling job we completed in Adelaide with brick pavers

Steps to do an Outdoor Tiling Adelaide DIY Project?

The following list of steps should lead you to a beautiful patio work in our Outdoor Tiling Project. So, get the show on the road.

Step #1: Purchase of Materials

The first and foremost thing is buying the stuff that you are going to need to do the patio work. At first measure the area that you are going to tile. When you find the area in a square meter, divide it with the area of a single tile. In this way you can get the exact number of tiles you will need to finish the work.

For our Outdoor Tiling Adelaide Project, we have to choose the right kind of tile. Outdoor tiles have to bear the harsh climate throughout the year. So choosing the perfect tile is very important. In this project, we will use the Porcelain tiles or stone tiles as they can cope with climate change with ease. Other than tiles there are adhesive, additive and other types of stuff you need to buy.

Step #2: Clean the surface

The next job is to clean the surface on which we will do the tiling job. There should be no debris left on the surface. Vacuum the surface thoroughly. Take self-levelling screed to fill the small holes you find on the surface. This thing will also help you to make the surface even. Evening the surface is critical as it helps in the proper draining of water. Crop the door from the bottom a little bit as the floor will rise after tiling is done. So do it earlier as it will help you to finish the job quickly.

Step #3: Mix the adhesive

Adhesives are of two types. They are cement-based and pre-mixed. In this Outdoor Tiling Adelaide Project, we will use cement-based adhesive. To make a cement-based adhesive, we need cement and additive. We will need a paddle mixer for this purpose. The consistency of the mix should also be like toothpaste as the adhesive dries quickly, so we have to make the mixture in a small amount. One of the rules says that 3-4 tiles at a time are right.

Step #4: Fixing the tiles

This is an essential part of the Outdoor Tiling Project. Take enough amount of adhesive as that is necessary for durability. Fix 3 to 4 tiles at a time. Adjust and level the tiles as you proceed. As we know, the adhesive dries out fast so we should mix the next batch of adhesive after the tiles are fixed. This rule should be strictly followed.

To do the job properly in the Outdoor Tiling Adelaide Project, we need a spade. It helps to spread and groove the adhesive. The smooth end of the trowel will help you to spread the adhesive on the surface, and the notched end will help in grooving. The angle should be kept at a 45-degree angle. It will help you to maintain the height of the adhesive.

When you find that the tile is not even with the adjacent tiles, pick up the tile and scrape the excess adhesive if it is higher or add adhesive if it is lower than the adjacent tiles. After fixing 3 to 4 tiles remix the adhesive and repeat the work. Go on until you finish laying all the tiles. Use spacer between the tiles. We will need the spaces between the tiles to do grouting later.

Clean the excess adhesive during the laying work as it becomes impossible to clean the adhesive later. So do the cleaning as you tile if some little haze remains clean it with a 50-50 vinegar and water solution. It will make your tiles shiny.

Step #5: Fill the Grouts

Grouting is an essential part of tiling. The small spaces between the tiles are called grout joints. Filling these grout joints is known as grouting. Grout is softer than adhesive. So it manages the tiling movement and helps the tiles to remain firm.

To do the grouting in the outdoor tiling Adelaide project, we need two buckets. Afloat, a spade sanded grout, additive, sponges, and towel.

So, kick start the process.

First mix the sanded grout and the additive in a bucket with the help of the trowel. We don’t need grout as much as we have used adhesive. So keep in mind while purchasing. It is only needed to fill up the small spaces between the tiles. After mixing the grout appropriately remover the spacers, we have used while laying the tiles in our outdoor tiling Adelaide project. Fill the spaces with grout by using the float. Spread the grouts so that there is no hole or space left. Clean the excess grout at the same time by using a damp sponge. Clean the sponge in the water that we have taken in another bucket.

Even after doing the work with the utmost care, some haze will remain on the tiles. I am using a damp sponge to clean the grouts satisfactorily.

The total job will take one to two days approximately depending upon the size of your outdoor tiling Adelaide project.

Garden tiling job done in Adelaide with slate flooring tiles


Although the job is intricate, it will give you a good feeling when you finish the job. Estimate the work before you start. It will help you to minimize wastage. Ask the vendor about the perfect tiles and additional products like additive which will suit your project.

I hope you find this article helpful. If you want to know a little bit more, please comment in our comment box below.

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