Lay tiles


Firmly place the tiles on a surface prepared with adhesive. Adjust their position to so they are flush and evenly spaced. Take care not to disturb the surface. Insert spacers in the joints. When working vertically with heavy tiles, place a supporting piece of timber to prevent slippage if called for. Remove any excess adhesive from the face of the tile.

Alternative labels

tile laying
floor tiling
tile placement
tile sticking
sticking tiles
place tiles
laying of tiles
wall tiling
placing tiles
stick tiles

Skill type


Skill reusability level


Relationships with skills

Optional skill

Lay tiles is optional for these skills, according to the role’s master the following skills:

Types of tile

Relationships with occupations

Essential skill

Lay tiles is an essential skill of the following occupations:

Tile fitter: Tile fitters install tiles onto walls and floors. They cut tiles to the right size and shape, prepare the surface, and put the tiles in place flush and straight. Tile fitters may also take on creative and artistic projects, with some laying mosaics.

Optional skill

Lay tiles is optional for these occupations. This means knowing this skill may be an asset for career advancement if you are in one of these occupations.

Tiling supervisor: Tiling supervisors monitor tile fitting operations. They assign tasks and take quick decisions to resolve problems.
Building construction worker: Building construction workers prepare and maintain building construction activities on construction sites. They perform preparation and clean-up work in order to assist specialised construction workers.




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Last updated on September 21, 2022