Consider Electrics and Pipes When Tiling Your Home

CONSIDER ELECTRICS AND PIPES WHEN TILING YOUR HOME – A bank holiday is just around the corner and the holiday can often inspire home owners to finish those DIY projects. If one of those jobs involve tiling make sure you have thought about and allowed for the following situations.

Tiling a new wall in the kitchen

The kitchen is one room that needs to be done, but with all the walls, cupboards and utilities to tile around this takes planning. However, do not forget about plug sockets and electrics that might need to be installed and fitted later on.

The material and finish on tiles, especially wall tiles, differ and it might not be as easy to break a tile and replace. The finishing touches on a tiled wall look impressive but if you have cracked some and taken them off to fit a socket it can ruin the effect. Bear in mind that you might not need to replace just one tile, the position in which a socket is placed, might need to cover across two tiles.

If you are a new homeowner or at the stage where you are just installing ovens and fridges etc, it is best to wait until these are installed before you begin tiling. The alternative, if you have to tile before these are installed, ensure you save a few tiles as spares to make sure you can replace broken ones easily.

Ideally, leave the walls bear incase there is a problem with the electrics, which will mean an electrician will have to investigate and this could result in more tiles being removed. Wiring is channelled though the house from a fuse box, so make sure the fuse box is accessible.

Tiling Around Pipes In the Bathroom

The same principle applies to pipes as electrics. Pipes can stand out against a nicely tiled wall and there are even fiddly areas to tile around. However, if you need to reach the pipes easily (frozen or leaky pipes) then removing tiles will be an added expense that could be avoided. Consider boxing pipes in with a moveable cover. This will mean the room can be tiled, made waterproof, but still accessible.

In some instances you can conceal pipes with trunking that will securely hold the pipes and leave a clean white finish in a room.  Pipes in any room can create problems, but should never been concealed without access.

Laying Floor Tiles

The same principle applies to tiling a floor as tiling a wall. Often pipework runs under the floor and therefore think about what pipes might need to be accessed in the future. This is essential if you are installing or changing your central heating system as existing pipework might need adjusting, so if you tile your floor, these may need to be removed in the future to access the pipework.

This is also important if you think about installing radiators or underfloor heating as flooring will need to be changed.

If you need to order tiles for a tiling project, make sure you order a few spares. On occasions, tiles in different batches can differ slightly in colouring, so it is important to order enough, rather than having to purchase additional tiles later on and risk the potential colour variation. If you would like to purchase tiles for a project then check out the range available on for inspiration.


About the author  ⁄ Jacey

Jacey is a keen DIY enthusiast, who is interested in home interior design and decorating on a budget. She enjoys writing about home improvement and in her spare time she writes for her own blog DIY Homes Advice.