Tiling Stairs

Tiling Stairs And Steps

Tiling stairs or steps doesn't take long once you've mastered a few basic rules, try following these guidelines for fitting;

  • Measure the treads and risers accurately
  • Use tiles or stone suitable for the job
  • Internally use flexible adhesive and grout on wood
  • Externally use appropriate materials for the work

Materials can be purchased from all good tile stockist and information on what is best used in different situations is readily available.

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OK, that's the theory bit organised, now let's look at the practical side.

If you take a look at the stairs I've completed above (that were originally wood), we can use this as our guide.

The tread is the part you walk on and the riser is the vertical part that joins each step.

If you are working on wood which is presumably inside, you will have to 'cut off' the nosing which is the bit that sticks out slightly at the front of each tread.

The reason you have to do this, is to provide yourself with a square edge to the front, enabling you to form a true right angle at the corner or front of each step.

Once prepared you can begin tiling all the risers first in a true straight line, working up the first riser, following the joint line through the steps...up the front of the second riser...repeating the action until you reach the top of the first step.

This is repeated for each riser until you reach the top of your stairs or steps.

You can reverse the action and tile from the top down.

Please be aware that ALL joints should run 'in line' with each other to produce a quality finish so use a chalk line or long straight edge to mark 'through' the whole length.

Starting from the top or bottom again, tile each 'tread' or the area that would be the top of that step, so that all joints are running in line both vertically and horizontally through the steps creating a continuous line from top to bottom.

In the pictures above it's a 'half bond' so gauge this accordingly.

All that needs to be done is grout to finish.

I will be producing a video to follow these stages which will be available with other videos to view at my facebook page.

If however you would like a quotation to transform your 'stairs to tiled or stone' please email me.

Special note

If you're just tiling the face of the stair risers, this can be completed with tiles or brickslips using a simple fixing method.


If tiling stairs or steps is something you would like carried out and have a project to have your existing stairs or steps transformed into tile or stone, whether they are straight, curved or spiral stairs I take on projects anywhere UK based. Please use the email link below or fill in the form at the base of the page for more details.

For a free survey and quotation in the areas of Newport, Cardiff and Penarth please contact me today.

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Dear Mike,

just received a thank you from Mr Phillips, as requested would be happy for you to use the statement below for your website.

"IKEA have used Mr Lyons to assist in tiling works as part of its kitchen installation work completed by IKEA.

Mr Lyons has liaised with our customers using our kitchen installation service and offered them his service to tile walls and floors to complete their dream kitchens.

Our customers have shown great satisfaction with his work and we are happy to refer him when required.

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A note from Mike
The kitchen design was 'stunning' and I was fortunate enough to be called in to 'complement' the kitchen with my tiling.
I was made welcome by the customers and I would highly recommend Ikea Kitchens without hesitation.



Very many thanks for carrying out the work at Victoria Mews, Cardiff...
It all looks great in the pictures you sent us by email...
Thank you also for liaising with your electrician Simon Webb on my behalf, for the other work we needed at the house.

Richard and Dana Edwards


Mike has re-fitted and tiled our bathroom.

It has all been done to a high standard and we have been thrilled with the results and the comments by friends and family have been wonderful.

I would recommend Mike to anyone and will keep using him in the future.

Cheers Mike

Karen & Anthony Howarth


Thank you so much for your work it looks fantastic!

The work undertaken was done in an extremely professional manner.

You were neat & tidy and everything was explained well at the start AND was completed on time.

Many thanks!

Noel & Hayley Corley


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Many thanks for your letter and I like your professional approach to your work.

We are very pleased with the work you completed for us recently. The small toilet area is now very clean, tidy and is looking good.

I found your approach and timing on the job (i.e. arriving when you said you would) giving confidence that the task would be carried out efficiently and well.

Many thanks

We shall certainly use you again if needed also recommend you to friends.

Jennifer & Bob Way


Dear Mike and team,

Just to say how impressed we are with the speed and standard of your work, you have helped us towards achieving something a bit different in a modern house and have impressed all those who have seen your work.

Look forward to yet more excellent creations from you in the future.


Chris and Jude