ENSURING YOUR TILING AND PAVING ARE LEVEL
Doing your own tiling and paving around your home is a fantastic way to save some money on renovations, but if you are going to have a go at these important tasks, first get good at knowing if a space is level. The following takes a look at some of the main considerations when it comes to ensuring that any of those tiling or paving efforts of yours are always level.
Why Does It Matter?
Avoid Tripping Hazards
Regardless of whether you are tiling indoors or laying pavers outside, ensuring that they are level is an important safety consideration, because if someone trips and falls there could be all sorts of negative ramifications. So before you sign off on your indoor slate flooring or outdoor paving job, first make sure that it is actually level, and if it isn’t, fix it.
Having a level surface will make any space a lot more functional, in particular your entertaining areas. This is especially true if you have guests needing to use wheelchairs or prams, because if your outdoor area is a nightmare for them to navigate they may quite simply be unable to turn out to your events. A flat surface will also be easier to set up tables, chairs and other furniture on, making your entertaining areas far easier to utilize, whether they are indoors or outdoors.
It Looks Better
Uneven tiling or paving looks sloppy at best, so if you are going to have a go at doing either of these jobs yourself, make sure it is level, otherwise have a professional do the work for you instead.
If an outdoor surface is uneven, one part of it will end up dealing with the majority of any rainfall, and as a result it will deteriorate at a faster rate than the rest of the area. So if you are tiling, paving or building any of your outdoor areas, ensure that they are level if you want for them to last.
How Do You Make It Level?
The easiest way to ensure that your tiling or paving are level is to have the area levelled mechanically for you in advance. This will cost significantly more than levelling by hand, but the time you will save will make it well worth the investment.
Hand levelling the areas you want to tile or pave can take quite a lot of time, but it will be a significant amount cheaper than having the job done mechanically. If you have the time, doing your own levelling by hand can be quite a meditative process, and the more effort you put into your levelling, the better your tiling or paving job will be.
By making sure that your tiling and paving efforts are level they are far more likely to look like professional quality work. So if you are going to spend the time and effort on improving your place, you may as well ensure that it is going to look as good as it can, and if nothing that it is level.