Measuring your outdoor space accurately is crucial when planning to install porcelain tiles. It ensures you order the right quantity of tiles and helps you plan the layout effectively. In this step-by-step guide, Macs Bathrooms and tiles will walk you through the process of measuring your outdoor space for porcelain tiles, ensuring a successful and stress-free tile installation.
Step 1: Gather the Tools Before you begin measuring, gather the following tools:
- Tape measure
- Paper or notepad
- Pen or pencil
Step 2: Determine the Tile Size Decide on the size of porcelain tiles you intend to use. Note down the dimensions, typically in inches or centimeters, as this information will be helpful later.
Step 3: Assess the Area Evaluate the outdoor area where you plan to install the tiles. Take note of any irregularities or unique features that may affect the tile layout, such as pillars, steps, or garden beds.
Step 4: Divide the Space Divide your outdoor space into smaller sections for easier measurement and calculation. For example, if you have a rectangular patio and a separate pathway, consider measuring them separately.
Step 5: Measure Length and Width Start with the first section of your outdoor space. Measure the length and width of the area using a tape measure. Take accurate measurements from wall to wall or from one end to another, depending on the shape and layout.
Step 6: Account for Overhangs or Gaps If your outdoor space has overhangs or gaps, make sure to account for them during the measurement process. Measure from the edge of the overhang or gap to the nearest wall or edge where the tiles will be installed.
Step 7: Calculate the Square Footage To determine the total square footage of each section, multiply the length by the width of that specific area. Note down the measurements and calculations for future reference.
Step 8: Add Extra for Wastage and Cuts To account for cuts, wastage, and future repairs, it’s recommended to add an additional 10% to 15% to the total square footage calculated in the previous step. This extra amount ensures you have enough tiles to cover any unexpected scenarios.
Step 9: Repeat for Other Sections If you have multiple sections within your outdoor space, repeat steps 5 to 8 for each area, measuring and calculating them separately.
Step 10: Consult with a Professional If you feel unsure or want to ensure accurate measurements, consult with a professional tile installer or supplier. They can guide you through the process and help you determine the exact quantity of tiles needed for your outdoor space.
By following these step-by-step instructions, you can measure your outdoor space accurately for porcelain tiles. Remember to take precise measurements, account for irregularities, and add extra tiles for waste. Proper measurement ensures a smooth installation process and helps you achieve the desired look for your outdoor area with beautiful porcelain tiles. If you require help to measure your outdoor space please contact our design team at Macs Bathrooms & Tiles on 028 3085 1963