The key to a successful tile install is ensuring all tiles are laid perfect, straight, and even, every time. A tile levelling system is your secret weapon to make that happen.
Are you looking to lay tiles for the first time? No matter what job you have ahead of you, re-doing your kitchen backsplash, upgrading your shower wall tiles, or installing brand new flooring in your home, using a tile leveling system is your key to success for both do-it-yourselfers and professionals alike.
So what is a Tile Levelling System?
A tile levelling system is composed of two parts: the clip and the wdge.
Essentially, these two parts pull the tiles from below, and push them from the top so they are all on the same plane avoiding lippage between tiles.
Together, they improve the overall quality of your tile install so that your tiles have their moment to shine.
1. The Clip
The T-Lock clips are inserted underneath the adjacent tiles. According to your tile size, one or more clips are used per side of the tile.
Unsure of how many clips you may need? Our job estimator will help you select the correct number of clips for your specific installation.
2. The Wedge
The Wedge slides into the clip, locking both pieces together. These are tightened to ensure there is no variation in height in the adjoining tiles.
What is Lippage and how to avoid it.
Lippage is the variation in the height of adjoining or adjacent tiles. Lippage occurs when tiles are not laid to one uniform level, creating an uneven surface.
How to avoid this?
- Ensuring the substrate beneath the tile is as flat as possible, with no high or low spots
- Using thin-set to raise tiles up before laying them down if the surface is uneven
- If using Large Format tiles, tiles with one edge greater than 15”, back buttering the tile is common practice to ensure a proper bond
- The last step, of course, is using the tile leveling system to ensure that no edges of the adjoining tiles become unaligned or slightly raised before setting
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