BEST TILING TOOLS, EQUIPMENT AND ACCESSORIES FOR PROS

25 BEST TILING TOOLS, EQUIPMENT AND ACCESSORIES

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The tools and equipment used for tiling work or flooring work are called “Tiling Tools”. Equipment for tiling, like any tools, might be costly, but they can make the job a lot easier. If you’re just going to tile once in a while, renting certain tools for when you need them might be a good idea.

There are many tiling tools and we will look at them one by one.

Types of Tiling Tools, equipment and accessories

The following list will include tiling tools, equipment, and accessories used by tiling experts to make work easier and produce quality work.

We will group these tools, equipment, and accessories into five groups to help you navigate easily. Check out our “table of contents“.

List of tiling tools, equipment and accesories

1. Spacing and Levelling

These are all accessories, tools, and equipment needed or used by pros to attain a level tile floor. This also includes all spacers.

• Tile wedges

Tile Wedge Spacers support tile and stone on vertical applications to help ensure wall tile is level during installation. The unique shim-like design allows wedges to be pushed in or pulled out to adjust the position of tile up to 1/8 in., while also holding the tile in place.

• Tile clips

These are used with tile wedges

Advantages of tile clips

  •  Easy to use
  • Aligns tiles up to 12mm thick
  • Ensures even 3mm grout lines
  • For floor and wall use

• Install Pliers (Leveling Pliers)

These leveling pliers were developed to overcome the common problem that has baffled many professional tilers. The problem of uneven tiles, known as “tile lippage”.

 

This system of interlocking leveling clips and wedges ensures that your floor will be leveled from one tile to the next, and it also prevents the tile from settling and warping as your adhesive cures/settles.

This is used with tile wedges and clips.

• Tiling leveler

These have the same function as tile wedges.

The tile leveler can effectively prevent tiles from moving while curing.

The system ensures flatness between tiles avoiding movements during the mortar setting.

• Tile spacers

Tile spacers are small, plastic objects that are usually built in either “T” or a cross shape. They come in quite a few sizes, ranging from ¼ to ⅜ of an inch. They are used to maintain a consistent space or “gap” between your tiles when installing them on the mortar.

• Rubber Mallet

A rubber mallet is a lightweight hammer-like tool with a head made of molded rubber or hard plastic and a wooden or fiberglass handle

2. Conveying

These are tools and equipment used to carry and place tiles when tiling.

• Tile suction pad

Suction cups adhere best to smooth, non-porous surfaces such as tile, glass, fiberglass or metal. To ensure a firm bond, surfaces should be totally free of dirt and soap film before attaching the suction cup.

• Double suction

This is used for smoother surface tiles like ceramic and porcelain.

• Slab trans heavy duty conveyor

The SLAB TRANS HEAVY DUTY conveyor is specially designed to handle ceramic sheets and large format tiles up to 320 cm long

It consists of a set of two reinforced, retractable, extruded aluminum profiles, which are adjustable from 160 to 320 cm, as well as two perpendicular crossbeams that enhance the conveyor’s robustness and stability, especially during the handling of the heaviest pieces.

3. Tiles Cutting and Drilling

These are tools and equipment that professional tilers use to cut or nip tiles and to get required shapes when tiling.

• Manual Tile Cutter

This is the most common tiles cutter used by Tiles Fundis in Kenya.

• Tile Hand Grinder

This is a normal grinder that uses a diamond disc.

• Electric Cutter

Recommended for thicker tiles and bigger projects.

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• Tile Drill Bits

These diamond drill bits are recommended for the drilling of all types of tiles, especially ceramic and porcelain tiles, and other covering materials such as marble and granite.

• Tile Hole Cutters

An alternative to Tile Drill Bits has a diamond cutting edge that squarely touches the tile surface. These hole cutters come in a variety of sizes, ranging from 12 to over 100mm in diameter, and should be used with a power drill to provide a smooth and clean finish.

• Tile Nippers

A nipper is a hand tool used to bite off small chunks of tile in order to cut along curved lines. A nipper resembles a pliers in that there are two handles connected at a pivot point. The main difference is that the jaws on a nipper have cutting edges.

• Scouring Wheel

• Tile Hand Saw

• Profile Gauge

A profile gauge aids in the transfer of difficult shapes to tiles for cutting.

 

This is not a cutting or drilling tool but is used in the process of getting the perfect shape when cutting.

 

4. Mortar Preparation, Setting and Grouting

These are tools and equipment used when preparing mortar, setting mortar and grouting.

• Hand Mortar Mixer

Dual ergonomic handle on both sides covered with specially shaped material help to reduce fatigue so you can grape with comfort during long time operations.

• Jagged (notched) Trowel

The shape creates neat rows of ridges with valleys in between them. So, when a tile is carefully set into place, these ridges flatten out and fill the valleys, providing an even coverage to the backside of your tile for a stronger, more complete bond to your wall or floor.

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• Rubber Trowel

This Rubber Trowel is used for grouting ceramic tiles, with ergonomic plastic or wooden handles. It features an abrasion resistant rubber sheet, and offers a high flexibility, ideal for filling joints up to 3 mm wide. 

This flexibility ensures homogeneous joint filling and perfect compaction of the grouting material. This trowel stands out particularly for it’s lightness. This feature is very beneficial and is highly valued by professional ceramic tile fixers when they have to grout large surfaces.

4. Finishing

These are tools and equipment used in finishing tiling to ensure a fine, clean outcome. Note that grouting tools and equipment have already been listed above

• Joint Grout scrapper

For cleaning tile joints before filling grout or to remove cement based grout and tile mortar.

• Electric Grout scrapper

Recommended for smaller tiles.

• Outliner

Ideal for outlining joints in grout, silicone, polyurethane and stucco plaster.

• Ceramic Rubbing Block

This Ceramic Rubbing Block is designed to smooth the rough edges of cut ceramic tiles.

4. Angles, Strips and Trims

  • External angle
  • Aluminium glass tile strip
  • Aluminium round trim
  • Aluminium transition profile
  • Corner tile profile
  • Stair nosing

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