Tile leveling systems, tile leveling clips and tile leveling spacers.
No matter what you call em, they all do the same thing.
Fine tune tiles and help you achieve a perfectly flush tiled finish without having to worry about overnight slumping or tile curvature.
These systems have been around for 10 years or more and they still garner a wide range of attention, polarizing opinions and mockery from tile setters. The truth is that there are many schools of tiling, we all know that every job requires a different approach, a slight deviation from the norm and simply doing whatever it takes to achieve that perfect and lasting finish.
Many tilers hate tile leveling systems. They feel that they are stooping to a low, to a level shared by hacks, handymen and GC’s trying their hands at tiling. This is a common view point and you all online forums where tilers talk are rife with conjecture whether or not tile leveling systems are good or bad for tilers.
I find it funny that after 10 years of being on the market, with countless companies making their own versions and it becoming a common tiling tool, tile leveling clips are still so widely discussed, argued over and splitting the ranks between us setters.
I personally love tile leveling clips and the amount of work they save me during tile setting. Yes, they do slow down the setting process overall but if you factor in the time of lifting a tile that’s lipping, applying more thinset and tuning it to be flush, to downright removing a lipping tile because it slumped overnight – using leveling spacers is simply quicker and easier and helps achieve a better result.
Wooden plank tiles, the nasty ones that come precurved from the factory, those were made to be set with tile leveling cips. You can easily remove the curvature from the plank tiles using enough clips in the ends and get a finish that your client will pay for.
If you want to read more about tile leveling systems, I wrote a full guide you can read on my main website. I discuss the best tile leveling systems you can currently buy and try answer as many questions are I can about their use and history of the clips.
There is no reason not to use these great tiling tools, their out there, guys are using them and their getting paid – at the end of the day, that’s all that counts right?