The main objective of all the tools manufactured by RUBI is to facilitate the professional’s work in handling, cutting and laying all types of tiles. To this end, RUBI offers the result of more than 70 years of experience in the sector and manufactures tools such as the tile levelling system to make life easier for the tile fitter.
As all professional tilers will know, tile lippage is one of the worst things that can happen when tiling. A slightly uneven floor can cause huge problems to the tiling and compromise the whole project. One of the most common mistakes that contractors & DIYers often make, is not using a tile leveling system to avoid any tile lippage. In today’s blog on how to tile, we will be taking you through how to use a tile levelling system and our top tips for achieving an even finish!
TILE LIPPAGE IN TILE LEVELING SYSTEM
Lippage occurs when one tile edge is higher or lower than the adjacent tile that’s been laid. If this issue is not rectified during installation, the error can be obvious. Uneven tiles can draw the eye to the error and ruin the whole aesthetic of the room, they may cause weak points in the adhesive & tile causing damage to the tiles or could become a dangerous tripping hazard.
There are many different factors that can cause lippage. One of the most common problems when tiling onto a surface, is that the surface itself isn’t completely flat. Before we get onto tile levelling systems, lets take a look at how to level a floor.
LEVELING A FLOOR
- Work out the depth of the biggest dip and purchase a self-levelling compound that will be able to go to that height. You may need to do this in 2 if it isn’t able to do the depth in one go.
- Make sure that the area you will be levelling is clean and free from dust.
- Prime the floor and follow the manufactures instructions on mixing, laying and drying times of the product.
- If you are installing on to a wooden floor, check out this blog on how to prep it.
TILE LEVELING SYSTEM
Tile leveling systems are a very common on-site tool that is designed for levelling and preventing the creation of lippage during tile installations. They help to interlock the tiles, ensuring that the tiles remain level once laid, and you achieve a smooth and flat surface while the adhesive dries. The levelling system helps to lower the tile that sits higher, until it is level with the adjacent tile.
A complete levelling system consists of two or three main components: strips, caps or wedges & pliers. These components are used to help prevent the movement of tiles when setting, to leave you with a level surface.
Once the adhesive has dried and you are ready to remove the strips, simply remove using a rubber mallet, to knock the strips & caps out of the grout line. Make sure to knock your clips in the same direction as grout joint to achieve the best break and have no parts of the clip remaining.
*REMEMBER Levelling systems are designed to help level the tiles and not space them. We recommend also using slightly larger spacers than the clips in the corners of the tiles.
TYPES OF TILE LEVELLING SYSTEMS
TILE LEVEL QUICK
The TILE LEVEL QUICK system helps to prevent movement of the tiles during the setting of the adhesive and improves the resulting surface flatness. The plier allows the regulation of the pressure according to the thickness of the tile. This allows the user to perform the right and necessary pressure at all times. The ergonomic design of the pliers, allow the professional tiler greater ease and comfort when tightening the cap.
DELTA LEVEL SYSTEM
The DELTA level system uses strips and wedges to achieve a fast, easy and intuitive levelling installation. The wedges are inserted into the strips and tightened using a pair of ergonomic pliers. Once the installation is complete (similarly to the LEVEL QUICK system) the strips are removed by impact (i.e a rubber mallet), to strike the strips away from the tile. The wedges are reusable, so can be placed back into the bucket after it has been removed and can be reused on your next project.
*Remember to always knock the strips in the direction of the grout joint!
CYCLONE LEVEL SYSTEM
The CYCLONE range is RUBI’s latest levelling system. This kit is particularly easy to use and are less sensitive to the user’s skill and experience than other levelling systems on the market. This system uses a reusable threaded cap to create a large round base to ensure a homogeneous pressure around your tiles at all times & achieve a perfectly levelled surface.
The CYCLONE LEVEL SYSTEM cap has been specially designed to maximize ergonomics during manual tightening, requiring no extra tools for tensioning or breaking, as well as offering the best possible visibility of the tiles and joints when tightening.
*REMEMBER to always keep the base of the caps clean to ensure you do not scratch the surface of the tile.
We hope you found our blog on how to use a tile levelling system useful!